Quahog Week Kicks Off in Rhode Island
Rhode Island’s Quahog Week takes place May 15-21 and features two Quahog Nights at local breweries and hard shell clam specials at restaurants and markets.
Celebrate Rhode Island’s sixth annual Quahog Week from May 15-21 by purchasing, preparing and eating dishes showcasing Rhode Island’s famous hard shell clams. This week-long celebration shines a light on Rhode Island’s favorite local clam, the hard-working men and women who harvest them and the vibrant local food industry that makes them available to consumers. Rhode Island is known for its quahogs and the industry supports many families year-round, both from an economic standpoint, and as a treasured pastime of digging for clams and creating memories together.
Restaurants and markets across Rhode Island will celebrate this sustainable resource and its year-round availability by featuring a quahog dish on their menus or featuring a shellfish special. See all the participating restaurants and dishes at dem.ri.gov/riseafood/news.php. There are also two free Meet the Harvester Nights scheduled at Whalers Brewery and Narragansett Brewery. Guests will get to meet the hardworking shellfish harvesters from the RI Shellfishermen’s Association, who will shuck and serve complimentary littlenecks while interacting with attendees.
The events are happening on Tuesday, May 17 in South County at Whalers Brewing Company in South Kingstown from 5-8 p.m. (twenty-one-plus after 6 p.m.). The RI Shellfishermen’s Association, Dave’s Marketplace and Matunuck Oyster Bar will be on hand with shellfish samples.
On Thursday, May 19, Quahog Night is happening at Narragansett Brewery in Providence from 5-8 p.m. (twenty-one-plus only). The RI Shellfishermen’s Association, Matunuck Oyster Bar, Andrade’s Catch and others will be on site with samples.
From May 15-21, restaurants and markets across Rhode Island will also celebrate the quahog by featuring special dishes or fresh clams on their menus. Some of the restaurants include George’s in Narragansett, which is featuring baked stuffed quahogs; Boat House in Tiverton with a quahog and sausage flatbread; Bywater in Warren is highlighting quahog crudo, raw littlenecks in the half-shell and steamed littlenecks in white wine, butter, garlic and herbs, served with grilled sourdough; Pizza Marvin in Providence will be baking Chowdah pie (a pizza with clams on top), clam dip, baked clams and raw littlenecks; and Newport’s Wharf Southern Kitchen will serve quahog and shrimp gumbo.
Local markets like all Dave’s Marketplace locations, Andrade’s Catch, Fearless Fish and more are all running specials, too. At Andrade’s Catch in Bristol, get fresh Narragansett Bay littlenecks, topnecks, cherrystones and chowders dug daily; pick up fresh quahogs at Fearless Fish in Providence; Tony’s Seafood market in Seekonk, Massachusetts, is featuring Rhode Island-harvested littlenecks, topnecks, cherrystones and quahogs as well as Tony’s clam chowder, clams casino and red clam sauce.
Share your Quahog Week adventures on social media by tagging @RISeafoodRocks on Facebook and #QuahogWeek on Twitter to help build a following for Rhode Island’s favorite clam. To find out more about Quahog Week, go to seafoodri.com.