The summer Chowder Nights of the late 1990s and the turn of the 21st century were informal events on the verandah. Dress was casual and wives were welcome. Beer and wine were not served.
The standard menu was:
Jim's Chowder for 20
Oyster Crackers (although Common Crackers would have been welcome)
A Fancy Salad
Cookies or Cake for Dessert