"Maureen, Donna, Kristi and Wendy were absolutely AMAZING to work with! The absolute perfect team to calm down a nervous bride! Not to mention, we have gotten rave reviews about the food!"

- Erica Monroe

"I would like to Thank You and your crew for a spectacular day! The food was wonderful, the servers were great and the event was a huge success. I need to also mention how impressed I was with the speed of [your catering team's] set up. Please extend our compliments to your employees and owners and take pride in the fact that they represented your company as the professional and accomplished caterer that it is. "

- Linda Johnston, BiOM Personal Bionics

"Many thanks for all your efforts and the efforts of all the Woodman's staff to make our last night's wedding rehearsal party a fun and memorable evening! Everything was perfect from beginning to end. Your staff was very friendly, courteous and efficient and did a super job! We will always remember this terrific evening."

- Pam and John Wilson

“Everyone from this area will know what I'm talking about! Driving past Woodman’s on a nice summer day looking at this and smelling the Fresh Fried Clams and Fresh-off-the-boats Boiled Lobster! OMG YOU'RE MOUTH STARTS DROOLING AND YOUR EYES POP AND YOUR BELLY IS SAYING YES YES of COURSE I WANT SOME NOW ! I love this place! No other place has it as fresh-off-the-boats as this!”

- Cindy Eaton, Attleboro, MA

"We have used Woodman's for many years and the staff and quality of the food is always wonderful. Our staff looks forward to the PRRI's Woodman's clam bake every year. The day is a sucess due to the great staff and the wonderful food. Many thanks from the PRRI staff!"

- Carol Cyr, PRRI

"Woodman's lobster rolls are phenomenal. I never had a lobster roll so full of taste and flavor until I had Woodman's."

- Candice Carter

"The Woodman's crew could not have been more customer service oriented. They were extremely proactive and took care to check in with me throughout the event to make me aware of service timing as well as to make sure that everything was to my liking and/or whether we needed them to do anything more for us. We received many positive comments from our guests about their food and service. They were simply outstanding and the event was a huge success."

- Toni Belding

"Thank you so much for a wonderful experience. When I booked the clambake you told me not to worry about a thing, that you would take care of everything and you sure did that. You told me to just be a guest and enjoy the event and that's what I did and that's the way it happened. Your staff was totally in control and performed perfectly. One of my guests is a professional event planner from New York and Tampa now Boston and she was impressed to see how well Woodman's staff had eveything set and under control. Thank you, thank you. PS: Love the new cook book!"

- Peter Dragonas

"From day 1, the attention and professionalism I received from everyone at Woodman's was outstanding...no request was ignored, the attention to detail was excellent. My husband's 50th birthday party was an unforgettable time thanks to Woodman's! Even the handwritten birthday card and gift were a touch of class! I definitely recommend Woodman's to everyone! Every one of our guests has raved about the food! Thank you for everything! Can't wait for the next party!!!"

- Kristin Rapallo

"Woodman's was fabulous, beginning to end, from mussels to shortcake! (The whipped cream was gorgeous...no melting!) Our guests relished it all and your meal really created a memorable event. Woodman's excellent food was enhanced by the pleasant and professional staff, and a complete clean-up! We are so glad we selected you, and we will heartily recommend you to any friends who plan outdoor parties in the future."

- Margery Leslie

"What a party we had!! It was a great celebration and Woodman's was one of the main reasons for its success! Everyone was raving about how delicious everything tasted. And a few guests arrived saying they were so excited to see the Woodman's trucks in the driveway! The staff all did such a fabulous job! My husband and I were able to have fun and enjoy the day without having to worry about preparing and serving food or cleaning up, which is just what we wanted."

- Dawn Newell

"We knew after our very first meeting with Woodman's that they were the catering company who would execute our wedding in exactly the way we wanted. Chef Ned is a master of his craft - as if the entrees weren't enough, my husband and I are convinced his cookies are the best we've ever tasted. ...Having Woodman's cater our off-site wedding was hands down the most critical decision we made in the planning process. Maureen, Donna, & Norman played a vital role in the overall planning and execution of our entire day and we couldn't have done it as well without them."

- Lia Vallesio

"Thanks so much for all the work you did to make yesterday so wonderful. You really thought of everything - our wedding was everything we hoped for and more. Please pass on our thanks to Ned and Norman as well - we got so many compliments on the food and everyone was saying how helpful Norman was throughout the day. We can't thank you enough! Thanks again for everything!"

- Shayna and Pat

"The Essex Room was the perfect place to have our wedding reception. Faye went above and beyond to answer questions throughout the process and make my vision come to life. Throughout the whole reception I didn't have to worry about anything because she was in control and made everything run smoothly. It was a beautiful location and overall great experience working with The Essex Room."

- Hannah Kim

We love Woodman's of Essex. We have been celebrating Father's Day there for at least 15 years. When our kids got married, we included the new spouse's Dad's and their families. We were unable to get to Woodman's on Father's Day this year but got there last Sunday with as many Dad's as we could muster! We have a little one who needs gluten free food so that is an added bonus! Thank you Woodman's for the best seafood around!

- Evelyn Greco

Woodman's is the "BEST" seafood establishment in New England. I been there with my family about 4 times and always the seafood is fresh it's simply amazing not to mention the great staff. Thanks Woodman's.

- Junnie Lee

Best clams I've ever had. Bought the jigsaw puzzle and the book about the history of Woodman's. I can't put the book down. Like any good book, I hate to finish it. I look forward to making the many recipes in the book. The service, food, and atmosphere were wonderful. Will be back soon.

- Lisa Thorn

"The food quality, appearance and taste was spectacular. Everyone raved about the Woodman's experience. The Woodman's staff was very professional and extremely competant. I could tell that the staff has done many clambakes; they made the entire day look so effortless. They were discreet yet thorough. The guests were thrilled with the service and the food; just amazing."

- Peter Dragonas, Morgan Stanley

"My husband and I just hosted a wedding reception in Charlestown (Pier 4, Navy Yard) and used Woodman's as caterer, event planner, on-site guest managers, etc. - you name it, they took care of EVERYTHING! I don't even have the right words to express how amazing they are - the food was fabulous, the service was phenomenal - they made our perfect day that much more memorable! I would recommend Woodman's to anyone and everyone who wants to host an awesome party. Donna, Kristi, Maureen and their team are absolutely WONDERFUL!!!! I would give you 10 stars if I could!"

- Erica Monroe

"From the very beginning of the planning stages of our event, the Woodman's staff were helpful and had great suggestions. Our event could not have gone smoother thanks to their professionalism."

- Lisa Kornachuk, East Boston Savings Bank

"I appreciate that Woodman's was so familiar with Tuck's Point. It put my mind at ease to know I did not have to worry about a thing."

- Doreen Chapman

"Another great event with Woodman's! I coordinate several events a year for our department and this is by far the easiest one."

- Nikki deMelo, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

"Woodman's did a great job again this year; see you again next year!"

- Dan Dougherty, Eastern Real Estate

“The food at my graduation party was incredible, the guests were amazed at how spectacular the servers were, we couldn’t have asked for better food or service. “

“Dear Woodman’s, Thank you for contacting us this year. We did, indeed, try out another vendor last year for our clambake/picnic…the overwhelming feeling is that we’d like to have Woodman’s do the catering this year. The food quality and service are superior at Woodman’s. “

“I wanted to thank you and the whole Woodman’s staff for the wonderful event we had yesterday. We would like to compliment everyone on the service and food, especially the last minute add-ons. We all indulged in the fantastic fried clams (we couldn’t get enough-delicious!!!) to the ice cream sundae bar. What a great way to kick off our year!”

“Saturday’s event in Monterey, MA was off the charts amazing. You, the staff and Woodman’s made every member of our family, ranging in age from 1-81 happy. The food was incredibly delicious and you were right about the clam chowder, despite the summer heat, it was great! Kudos, compliments & gratitude to the staff who was competent, kind & had a great attitude.”

“Your team of caterers was absolutely incredible, timely, efficient, courteous & most helpful. I have planned many other company events and from the initial phone call to Woodman’s, to the final pack up, it was the most seamless catering event I have ever been a part of. The service was exceptional!! Oh, and the food was delicious too!”

“You made my daughter’s wedding spectacular. The crew was outstanding and everyone went above and beyond to make the day even more perfect. My guests are still calling to say that every wedding should have lobster rolls & fried clams!”

“Our event was incredible; the Woodman’s team was fantastic! Everyone was tending to the needs of the guests. The food was delicious!! Our guests said they were the best lobsters they’ve ever had. I was really impressed with the service and quality of food from Woodman’s. I really hope to work with you again in the future!”

“Thank you for delivering a beautiful dinner for us last weekend. Our guests were delighted with the freshness of the food, the multiple course, and their ability to fine tune each dinner. The workers were so accommodating to our guests with wide ranging ages and persona needs. It was a perfect evening - all we hoped for.”

“Thank you for a fantastic event! It’s always amazing how seamlessly the staff sets up and handles such large parties.”

“I just want to thank you for a perfect, perfect night! Everything went so well, the food was delicious and the staff was just the nicest ever!! I can’t believe how many of your family work for the business. What a wonderful legacy that has been built for generations to come!”

“What a fabulous event! Everything from your original email until the truck left after the party, was nothing but professional. The 90th birthday boy was a bit surprised, but had the time of his life! All of the guests enjoyed the entire day! The food was plentiful and delicious and the staff did an outstanding job going above and beyond to make this very special day event MORE special. Let’s hope we can do it again in 10 years for Dad’s 100th birthday!”

“First and foremost, everything was delicious and wonderful. We knew we would not have to worry about the quality of the food and that our party would be well run, but you surpassed our expectations-which were quite high! Given that the weather was not very conducive to an outdoor event, you managed to make our plan B work well. I’m so glad Woodman’s travels to Rhode Island!”

“Just wanted to drop you a note and say “thank you” – to say the clambake was wonderful is an understatement. Everyone was thrilled with the food, service and staff. A class operation all the way! Already planning next year’s outing and it will definitely be a “clambake”!”

“I would like to compliment the whole Woodman’s team on a fantastic job. I am always a bit nervous when working with a new vendor. You never know what to expect. I have to say that everyone exceeded our expectations! Our guests raved about the food and excellent service. A special thanks to Jack, Tom, Franco and Lynne. Everything was perfect from start to finish. We very much look forward to working with you all again in the future.”

“First I’d like to say Woodman’s couldn’t have been any more accommodating for my party this past weekend. It was a pleasure to have your staff in my home! I work in a restaurant that provides catering, so I know what it entails. I can’t wait till the next function I have to coordinate, I’ll be sure to call you!”

“Thank you for making our wedding day so amazing & special. We continue to receive compliments on the great service & excellent dinner. The crew was fabulous & ran the show like pros.”

“My birthday party & family reunion was a grand success! The lobster feast was loved by all. Your catering service and professional staff made the day perfect!”

“Our annual ‘Clam-Bbq’ has established itself as a tradition at the college and we could not have such a wonderful & delicious event without everything you do!”

“Our guests are always delighted to be together for a Woodman's American Clambake.”

– Mimi Schwarz

Catering for Your Clambake Party

Considering a clambake party? A backyard clambake right at your location is easy when you plan with us! Below is a selection of some of the most frequently asked questions about our seafood, BBQ and clambake catering services in Massachusetts.

If you still can't find an answer to your catering question, please call us at 1-800- 649-1773 - our Massachusetts catering staff will be happy to help!

Q: How do I secure the catering date?
A: We recommend you send your contract and deposit in as soon as possible in order to secure your catering date with Woodman's of Essex, Massachusetts. Clients are required to provide a major credit card when booking an event like a backyard clambake. The credit card will be retained and may be used to pay any unpaid balance after event.

Q: How do I select my catering menu?
A: Choose one of our standard menus, or ask us to create a specialized menu to suit your taste.

Q: How will my food be served? 
A: All food at a clambake party or other catered event is served buffet style in courses. Service staff is available upon request. 

Q: What will Woodman's Catering provide?
A: We supply buffet and condiment tables, paper products (plates, utensils, napkins), condiments, trash barrels, and trash removal. We will set up and/or supply tables and chairs for an additional charge.

Q: How will the food be cooked? 
A: We cook outdoors using propane burners. This requires a fairly flat ground surface and should be at least 10 feet away from houses or trees. Make sure you take these guidelines into consideration if you're planning a backyard clambake.

Q: How can I best prepare a clambake site?
A: Check for a suitable cooking area with access to an outdoor water supply and hose hookup. This area should also be convenient for set up of our serving tables and cooking equipment. We will need a lighted area if food is served after dusk. Should you need a location for your clambake party, we will be happy to send you our sites list or visit the event sites section of our website for some suggestions.

Q: How do I determine a serving time?
A: In order to serve your guests the highest quality food, it is necessary for all of your guests to be present at your designated serving time. Once the crew is on site if you choose to delay serving time for more than one-half hour, an additional charge for each crewmember will incur. Our crew will arrive at your site approximately one hour before serving time; if you request them to arrive earlier, an additional charge per crewmember will be applied to your final invoice.

Q: What happens in the event of rain?
A: If you decide to postpone your clambake party due to rain please call us before 7:00 a.m. on the morning of your event at 978-768-6057. No voice mail please. Rescheduling is contingent upon Woodman's availability. We cannot guarantee your rain date choice until five days before the event.

Q: Is there a travel charge for coming to my site?
A: There is no travel charge within one-hour travel time from Woodman's (Essex, Massachusetts). A travel fee, as well as fuel charge, may be charged beyond this time. Directions from Essex, Massachusetts must be sent with your completed contract. 

Q: How will my catering plans be finalized?
A: Approximately two weeks before the event we'll call for your menu updates and number of guests. If you are offering your guests a choice, we need to know the exact number of entrèes. Tickets must be used, denoting your guest's entree choices, Woodman's will provide you with these tickets. 

Q: How will I be billed for catering?
A: We require a deposit with your contract upon booking your backyard clambake or other event. The balance will be due ten business days prior to your outing, and cannot be accepted at the event. You will be charged for final guest count agreed upon, even if fewer attend. 

Q: Does Woodman's cater weddings?
A: We are happy to help you plan your wedding so you can relax and enjoy your special day. Additional services are available upon request, e.g., wedding consultant, event coordinator, and service staff. 

Q: Do I have anything to worry about?
A: We continually strive to offer the best product available and to exceed our customer's expectations. Please let us know how we are doing by completing the customer response form enclosed with your invoice.We want to know that your clambake party was out of this world.

Relax and enjoy! We have been in the Restaurant and Catering business since 1914. Let our experienced Woodman's Catering staff do the work for you.

Did this answer your question? If not, please contact us, we'll be happy to help!

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Email: catering@woodmans.com

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  • "Best Seafood in America"
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