Ask the Experts: Clambake

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Ask DekeFryberg250x

Deke Fyrberg | Little Neck Clambake Co.
603 498-3889 | littleneckclambake.com

What do you consider to be the essential elements of a clambake menu?
Fresh, local seafood and produce. It’s our job to support our local fishermen and growers, who in turn provide us with superior ingredients that we can rely on for flavor and freshness. Lobsters from the Gulf of Maine, soft-shell “steamer” clams from Plum Island Sound, and as soon as the farm calls to let us know that the corn is in, we’re on board.

 

Do you offer different variations of clambake menus or one classic menu?
Our Shore Dinner is a favorite among clients, which offers guests a choice in advance of a 1¼-pound lobster, 12-ounce New York strip (or choice rib eye), half BBQ chicken, or a really nice swordfish steak. The host can be confident that everyone who hasn’t selected a lobster will still get a first-rate dining experience.

Does your company supply all clambake needs, such as tents, tables, and chairs?
Our online menu pricing includes the Chef-Attended Buffet service, which includes all dining utensils, plates, cups and napkins, condiments, trash receptacles, and clean up. All meals arrive live or fresh and will be cooked on site. For assistance with tent, tables, and chairs we can recommend one of our trusted rental partners or discuss helping you further with these arrangements.

Why is the clambake a classic New England tradition?
The clambake has withstood the test of time because it is a communal event with unpretentious food. Historically, groups of people pitched in to create a meal for their greater community. The goal was to gather together in a relaxing environment for fun and delicious food. Our goal is to help create this same environment for clients while eliminating the stress.

 

Ask TracyCarlson250x

Tracy Carlson | Ipswich Clambake
978 356-2050 | ipswichclambake.com

What do you consider to be the essential elements of a clambake menu?
Our most traditional clambake menu includes our award-winning New England clam chowder with oyster crackers, steamed clams with broth and butter, 1¼-pound steamed lobster with drawn butter (we offer grilled sirloin steak and/or marinated chicken breast for the non-seafood eaters), fresh homemade coleslaw, corn on the cob, boiled Red Bliss potatoes, and chilled watermelon slices with mini brownies.

Do you offer different variations of clambake menus or one classic menu?
We have six variations of menus with set prices—we work closely with each client to be sure we accommodate their specific requests, customizing the menu to suit all guests. We also offer vegetarian/vegan and children’s menus.

Does your company supply all clambake needs, such as tents, tables, and chairs?
We do not supply tents, tables, or chairs. We work with a few different vendors that we can refer our clients to, or if they prefer we can make the arrangements for them. We supply all cooking equipment, buffet tables covered with white linen, paper products, utensils, condiments, and every other essential needed to serve the food items on the menu.

Why is the clambake a classic New England tradition?
A clambake is a fun, casual New England experience. It is a great way to treat guests from all over the world to local foods. Whether it is a company or a family outing, everyone loves the tradition, and it is a great way of gathering friends and family together. By letting us do the work, hosts can be guests at their own party.

 

Ask KristiSwett250x

Kristi Swett | Woodman’s of Essex
978 768-2559 | woodmans.com

What do you consider to be the essential elements of a clambake menu?
Fresh and local food, of course. With a clambake, you have to have steamers (soft-shell clams), lobster, and corn on the cob. Today when most people ask for a clambake, they are really asking for a lobster bake. Delicious side items are a must because seafood is quite rich and not so filling.

Do you offer different variations of clambake menus or one classic menu?
Yes, our family’s classic menu started in 1923 and didn’t even have clam chowder! Since then, we have added on all different sides, desserts, and non-seafood options. A popular new menu item is our fried clams made on site. We try to take a classic item like corn on the cob and make it modern, such as a grilled corn and tomato salad that complements the traditional menu well.

Does your company supply all clambake needs, such as tents, tables, and chairs?
We do bring everything needed for the food and food service part of the clambake, including cooking equipment, serving tables and pieces, paper products, and trash receptacles. And we take all of the trash with us when we leave. We can arrange tents, tables, chairs, dance floors, bartending service, liquor delivery, entertainment, and transportation with third party vendors.

Why is the clambake a classic New England tradition?
It’s part of a New Englander’s heritage. Clambakes date back to the days of the Native Americans. It was a way for them to celebrate the warm weather, a tradition we continue. Clambakes make you think of summer and delicious food you don’t have a chance to eat every day. It makes you think of family and friends gathered to relax and enjoy one another’s company.

 

Ask KevinTacy250x

Kevin Tacy | Fosters Downeast Clambake
207 363-3255 | fostersclambake.com

What do you consider to be the essential elements of a clambake menu?
Silt-free steamer clams, rope-grown cultivated mussels, locally harvested lobsters, and a really great clam chowder. Also, fresh vegetables that add color and complement the rest of the seafood items.

Do you offer different variations of clambake menus or one classic menu?
We start with a classic menu and then allow our catered groups to choose additional food items that fit their vision of the event.

Does your company supply all clambake needs, such as tents, tables, and chairs?
Our clambakes are turnkey in terms of all items related to the food, service, and tableware. When we cater events off-site we also assist with the rental of tables, chairs, and tents if needed.

Why is the clambake a classic New England tradition?
The clambake is emblematic of the traditional New England Seacoast dining experience. When people travel, they typically have a strong preference to experience what they perceive as the local cuisine. Certainly lobsters and clambakes fit that perception very well.  

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