New England Chowdafest brings back 'A Clambake to Go'

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The New England Chowdafest will hold another “Taste of Summer - A Clambake to Go” event Sunday, July 26. Jim Keenan, from Chowdafest, says last month’s was such a hit, they decided to do it again to deliver “the taste of summer we’ve all been missing.”

Here’s how it works. Each clambake (which comes in a pot you get to keep) includes a 1.5 lb. lobster, clams, mussels, sausage, potatoes and corn on the cob. Cooking is easy, Keenan says. You just add water, beer or wine to each pot, which takes 20 to 40 minutes to steam, depending on how many clambakes you order.

“Clambakes To Go” can be picked up at The Westport Hub July 26; you choose the pick-up time from what’s available. Dinners are $42 each; you can order them online at, but only through July 23.

Keenan recommends you bring a cooler (to help keep your clambakes cool until they can be cooked later in the day). You’ll also need your order ticket so it can be scanned before your food is delivered to your car.

While supplies last, you’ll also get two summer ales per meal, compliments of Sam Adams and The Blind Rhino Restaurant in Black Rock. (Cook with them or toast someone; it’s up to you.) Polar Beverages also provides a new slim can of one of their summertime flavored seltzers, and Cabot’s Creamery provides the butter.

“Of course, you’ll still receive your lobster bibs, wet naps and ‘Shuckneer’ lobster tool,” Keenan says. “The tool gets the meat out of things. I had never seen it until recently. We tried it because it was both novel and affordable, versus say a cracker or a hammer that you'll probably never use again. For whatever reason, tons of people loved it.”; Twitter @LindaTKoonz