Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.




Clam Chowder

Red Lobster Clam Chowder
Copycat Recipe

Serves 6

1 quart clam juice
1 cup non-fat dry milk powder
2/3 cup flour
1 can chicken broth (14 ounces)
2 ribs celery, chopped fine
1 tablespoon dry minced onion
1 can clams (10 ounces) minced well
1 pinch dry parsley flakes
2 baked potatoes; cook, peel, crumbled

In blender put clam juice, milk powder and flour, blending smooth. Pour into 2-1/2 qt saucepan and stir in chicken broth, stirring constantly on medium-high heat until thick and smooth. Turn heat to low. Stir in celery, onions, clams, parsley and potatoes. Keep on low heat up to an hour and season with salt and pepper. Freezes well.

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