The Dish: Celebrate Quahog Week with Events, Specials and Deals

The second annual Quahog Week pays tribute to the quahog and our hard-working shellfishermen.

Here in Rhode Island, clams are a staple in our diets, just like coffee milk. It’s only appropriate that the state of Rhode Island would have a whole week to celebrate the shellfish. The second annual Quahog Week takes place March 20−25, and it includes special events that pay tribute to the clam and our hard-working shellfishermen, as well as specials featuring the seafood at some of the top restaurants and markets in Rhode Island.

Quahogs play a vital role in Rhode Island’s economy. Last year, more than twenty-eight million quahogs (a value of $5.5 million) were harvested from Narragansett Bay and local coastal waters. To help support our local seafood industry, the state has also developed the Rhode Island seafood brand to identify local seafood, including quahogs, in the marketplace.

“Whenever I go out to eat, I look for Rhode Island shellfish,” says Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit. “I know I’m not alone. Our flavorful clams and oysters are enjoyed all over the world. And going out on the water with our local fishermen has made me appreciate all the more the hard work and dedication at the heart of our fishing industry.”

Watch a video and learn about a Day in the Life of a Quahogger.

Now’s your chance to try quahogs cooked or served raw in myriad ways. Throughout the week, dozens of local restaurants and markets will offer quahog dishes and specials, including 15 Point Road, 22 Bowen’s, Andrade’s Catch, Avvio Ristorante, Boat House, the Capital Grille, Cru Cafe, Dave’s Marketplace, DiMare, Federal Taphouse and Kitchen, Fluke Wine Bar and Kitchen, the Greenville Inn, Forty One North, George’s of Galilee, Gulf Stream Bar and Grille, Gracie’s, Harmony Lodge, Hemenway’s, Matunuck Oyster Bar, McCormick and Schmick’s, the Mooring, One Bellevue, Providence Oyster Bar, Red Stripe, the Sea Goose, Tavern on Main, Timmy’s Legendary Grilled Pizza, Trio and Waterman Grille.

Here are some other events to plug into your calendar:

Quahog Week Launch Party: Quahog Week kicks off on Mon., March 20, with a launch event at Save the Bay in Providence from noon to 2 p.m. Local shellfishermen will compete in a quahog shucking competition and educate guests about the industry. Guests will also enjoy a raw bar and creative clam preparations from participating restaurants. A short speaking program is also planned. The event is free, but space is limited. RSVP to Emily Lynch at emily.lynch@dem.ri.gov.

Eating with the Ecosystem: Eating with the Ecosystem is hosting its latest installment of cooking lessons, called School of Fish, on March 20 from 6−8 p.m. at Hope and Main in Warren. The special guests are bushels of quahogs that will be prepared by Rhode Island chef Matt Tortora of Crave Food Services. He will educate guests on different methods of preparing quahogs for a home-cooked dinner you can share with your family and friends. Held in the demo kitchen (a former school classroom) at Hope and Main, each workshop is also a dinner, complete with wine and good company. Tickets are $50 per person, and the dinner is part of a monthly series.

Official Beer of the Clam Wrap Party: Quahog Week concludes with the Official Beer of the Clam Wrap Party on March 25 from 6−8 p.m. at the new headquarters of Narragansett Beer at the Guild in Pawtucket. The Guild’s main brewhouse will feature complimentary stuffies and chowder from Dave’s Marketplace; clam cakes from Iggy’s Doughboys and Chowder House; a quahog raw bar courtesy of the Rhode Island Shellfishermen’s Association; and spirits from Narragansett Beer. The event is free, but space is limited. Registration is required. RSVP to Emily Lynch at emily.lynch@dem.ri.gov by Tues., March 21.

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