A summer clambake is a festive way to get your friends and family together to celebrate while enjoying fresh, off-the-boat, local seafood. From bisque to beer, here is our guide to serving up a tempting menu in your own backyard.
Set the scene
Arrange a beautiful table for your clambake. Select a summery table cloth, such as red gingham or nautical stripe. Add some large seashells to the table for decoration, and some votive candles or lanterns for ambiance, especially in the evening.
Brighten your table with medium-sized buckets filled with cut sunflowers.
And don’t forget to place attractive matching bowls around the table to collect seafood shells.
Succulent seafood & more
It’s not a clambake without fresh, steamed clams. It’s easy to steam up the briny, sweet, soft-shelled Maine steaming clams from our fresh fish partner Foley Fish. Toss them in a pot of salty water, let them soak for about 20 minutes, then steam. Serve with clam broth for dipping.
Complement the steamers with Maine Mussels steamed in white wine and olive oil with garlic, lemon and crushed red pepper for a kick, and oysters on the half shell.
Fresh and wild-caught Live n’ Kickin’ Maine Lobsters are a special addition to your seafood celebration. If you don’t have time to cook them yourself, we would be happy to steam them in the store at our seafood counter. Or our Chef Ready Lobster Tails are ready to cook on the grill.
Pair the seafood with some tender meat selections, including grilled beef tenderloin, kielbasa and barbecued chicken.
For a traditional addition to your menu, serve up Our Kitchen’s New England Clam Chowder, Haddock Chowder or Lobster Bisque. Or try the chowders or bisque from Legal Seafood, also available in our seafood department.
Highlight native butter and sugar corn on the cob, with simply salted butter or a spicy butter spread with jalapenos. And offer Our Bakery’s fresh baked corn bread, hot off the grill, along with potatoes, grilled, steamed or roasted with fresh herbs.
Sweet + Satisfying
End the event with something sweet, such as Our Bakery’s Wild Maine Blueberry Pie. This all-natural pie features tiny, sweet Maine blueberries and a double, flaky crust.