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My Great-Grandpa Invented the Fried Clam.

Yup, it’s true. Next time you call Essex Clambake, just ask Keith Woodman, aka Woody. When it comes to experience, there’s no need to go any further. Woody’s family has been hosting the best and biggest clambakes on the eastern seaboard for four generations! If you’re planning a special event for family, friends or your company, Essex Clambake is your best choice.

From clambakes, barbeques, weddings to pre-parties & after-parties, we’ll help you create the perfect menu for your event. We pride ourselves in quality food and excellent service. We have competitive pricing and will work with you to accommodate your budget. We’ll help you create memories with your event that will last a lifetime! Call to reserve your date today!

You may be asking...

Why Choose Us

With 4 generations of Clambake experience, let us take this off your shoulders. So what do we actually cater? Clambakes, BBQ's, backyard parties, corporate functions, family reunions, birthdays and anniversaries, weddings and rehearsal dinners, afterparties and countless other special celebrations. Not sure what you want on the menu? No worries let Woody and the team customize your event to your needs. We pride ourselves on flexibility, amazing quality and outstanding service.

If needed, with our vast connections, we can help assist in other areas as well such as planning for your wedding, gala, conference, luncheon, and special holiday celebration. Our goal is to work with you each step of the way and allow you the freedom to truly enjoy your event and make unforgettable memories. While we like to think it is all about us, this is your special day for creating memories and we are honored to be a part of it.

Essex Clambake caters many types of events all year long!

  • Clambakes
  • Weddings
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Afterparties
  • Family Reunions
  • Class Reunions
  • Country Club Events
  • Birthday Parties
  • Corporate Luncheons/Events
  • Graduations
  • Anniversary Parties
  • Dinner Parties
  • Religious Celebrations
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
  • Funeral Receptions
  • Fundraising Galas


Explore our listings of venues to host your clambake or special event...Our clambake team travels, gear and all, to your own backyard or corporate site. Don’t have a site for your event? We’ll also travel to venues all around the state. Here are some suggested locations for your event or let us know where you are thinking of having your event and we can help you decide.

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