Traditionally, fish soups have celebrated a fisherman’s catch. Native Americans simmered shellfish stews, and when European settlers arrived, they built on that tradition with ingredients available in New England. The American appetite for clam chowder continues today, and not just in the Northeast.
At Humboldt Farm, Fish & Wine in Denver, Humboldt Clam Chowder ($7) is underscored by the flavors of smoked bacon and Tabasco sauce. Executive chef DJ Nagle says, “Our chowder is