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Press Information and News
We are often called for information to help with story writing for newspapers and magazine as well as for research. Want to know about fried seafood? Fresh seafood? The history of Woodman’s or why we have the best fried clams? We can even host film crews or assist with stories about Essex, Massachusetts!
We always like to help. Just give us a call and if we can be of assistance we will. Office hours are 9 to 5 Monday through Friday. The direct phone number is 978-768-2537.
If you need assistance on the weekend please ask for Steve, Doug, or Eian Woodman at 1-800-649-1773.
We once set up a trip down the Essex River for a nature show on the BBC! We’ve hosted commercials, TV shows and movies, as well as writers and photographers from all over the world. We enjoy helping the Press.
A Fam Trip can easily be arranged.
July 3, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the fried clam. View our press release Woodman's of Essex Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Fried Clam for more information on our celebration event.
Visit our 100th Anniversary page for more information on our anniversary, and links to our historic timeline and upcoming anniversary events.
Check out our local and national press below, or The Story of the Fried Clam.
Have fun! We’re proud of our place and our fresh and fried seafood, and seek to live to make it proud.
I like to see a man live so his place will be proud of him.”
Press Recognition and Stories
Spring 2017 - Woodman's of Essex was featured in Massachusetts Family Business Magazine, an official publication of the Family Business Association, in an article titled "Woodman's of Essex Unites Nostalgia with New Traditions".
November 17, 2016 - Woodman's of Essex was featured on Thrillist in an article titled "Lobster Rolls and Fried Clams - The Bivalves of a New England Heart".
July 1, 2016 - Woodman's of Essex was featured in Boston Magazine in an article titled "Woodman’s of Essex Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Fried Clam".
Woodman's featured in the May/June 2016 issue of Plate magazine, in an article titled "Seafood Shacks Shell Out Classics"
Woodman's featured in the "Food Fights" section of Wicked Pissed: New England's Most Famous Feuds by Chronicle reporter Ted Reinstein.
Deep-Fried Delights - Thank Woodman's of Essex for discovering the magic of fried clams—January/February Issue of AAA's Northern New England Journey
Woodman's listed as one of “80 Gifts New England Gave to America”—Yankee Magazine
Boston Magazine - Best of Boston 2014: Best Fried Clams, North
USA TODAY Travel - Massachusetts Best Lobster Rolls: Read the Article
“Best Seafood in America”—Forbes FYI Magazine
“10 Best Fried Clams in New England”—YankeeMagazine.com
“10 Best Clam Shacks in New England”—YankeeMagazine.com
“Best Local Food in MA”—Yankee Magazine
Northshore Magazine Food Issue - November 2014 Woodman's cited for being a leader in gluten-free food!
Boston Globe - Traditional New England Clambakes Offer A Few New Twists Boston Globe (Boston.com) - 5 Reasons to Visit Ipswich and Essex Northeastern University Center for Family Business - Woodman's Recognized for 100 Years in Business
Better Homes and Gardens - August 2014: Tasty Trips "Clam Shack Shuffle - Must Stop" 100 Years of Woodman's - 5th Generation Now Serving Clams A Day in Scenic Cape Ann, MA with (Gluten-Free) Dining at Woodman's of Essex The Invention of the Fried Clam Summer Journey: Searching the North Shore for the Finest Fried Clams
Gloucester Times - Essex Landmark Marks 100th Birthday
ABC Travel Guides for Kids - ABC Travel Guides for Kids Names Top 5 US Family East Coast Beach Destinations for 2014
Movoto Real Estate - 30 Things You Need To Know About The North Shore, MA Before You Move There (#9)
Boston Herald - Woodman's of Essex Celebrates 100th Anniversary
CBS Boston [Video] - Mass Restaurant Where Fried Clam Was Invented Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary
The Boston Globe - Woodman's named Mother of All Clam Shacks in this article on things to do with Mom on Mother's Day.
Historic New England - A New England Symbol: Frying The Clam
1,000 Places to See Before You Die - #769
And other mentions and articles in the following:and many more!
Audio / Video
Woodman's was featured on WCSH Portand's "207" program - Inventing The Fried Clam
We created a page full of the best Massachusetts Drone Videos - aerial footage of our beautiful state taken from some of the best drone pilots around, including our own J.T., who filmed our restaurant and one of our North Shore clambakes.
Woodman's was featured on WCVB TV's Chronicle program as part of their "Wicked Pissed" series with Ted Reinstein - Deep Fried Conflict on Cape Ann's Clam Highway
Woodman's was featured in the Massachusetts Restaurant Association's "News You Can Use" segment for August 16, 2016, including some great shots of the marsh and our awesome customers!
For these retailers, growing up in the business makes for a lifetime of memories. Watch as Massachusetts’ Woodman’s of Essex and Circle Furniture, and Maine’s Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream and Renys share the joy of running a family business and serving multiple generations of customers.
Woodman's featured in this Visit Essex MA promo
Woodman's on Dining in Essex, Massachusetts
Woodman's on Best of the Northshore 2015: Behind 10 years of the Best of the North Shore
Watch Woodman's of Essex on The Phantom Gourmet
Woodman's was featured on WCVB TV's popular Chronicle program:
Watch as This Old House host Kevin O'Connor and landscape contractor Roger Cook visit Woodman's while working on a home in Essex, Massachusetts.
Listen to Maureen Woodman talk to Billy Costa and Jenny Johnson from NESN's Dining Playbook on North Shore 104.9's Food Talk!
Listen to Maureen speak with Judi Swartz, the Design Diva, talk about Woodman's 100 years of catering history and how, today, the latest generation of Woodmans are continuing to build upon the family tradition, growing the business with onsite and off-site catering events. Listen on urbusinessnetwork.com
WBZ CBS Boston - Mass. Restaurant Where Fried Clam Was Invented Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary
Radio Entrepreneurs Interview with Maureen Woodman, May 19, 2014, talking about the new Woodman's history and recipe book.
Massachusetts Film Office video on the filming of "Grown-Ups" at Woodman's, and other locally shot movies
Maureen Woodman welcomes guests to the North Shore Chamber of Commerce breakfast at The Essex Room
"On The Waterfront" from Cape Ann TV does a marvelous job looking at the local clamming industry
Listen to Maureen and Steve Woodman on the Radio Entrepreneurs show, talking about the invention of the fried clam, homemade whoopie pies and potato chips, and more. And view the video clip from the show below.