Ah, chowder. It’s the perfect East End food. We’ve got the clams, we’ve got the potatoes and at this time of year, we’ve got the end-of-the-season tomatoes that have to do somewhere. To Manhattan, in my opinion, because I am firmly in the camp of New England clam chowder, not too gloppy, lots of thyme, and the potatoes still have a little bite. An exemplary example (from our Spring 2011 issue) can be found at Southold Fish Market (in it’s new location). Over the next two weekends I’ll be able to search for my favorites thanks to the annual return of chowder contest season. Tomorrow from 1 to 4 p.m. the 23rd annual Maritime Festival Chowder Contest will again fill the Chase Bank parking lot in Greenport. Buy a ticket, taste them all and vote. Also on Sunday, starting at noon, a $10 ticket will get you into the 14th annual Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce chili/chowder contest at the Boardy Barn. And next Saturday, a newcomer at 2 years, the Southampton Septemberfest will hold their contest in Agawam Park starting at noon. Get your soup spoons ready.