"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

Massachusetts BBQ & Clambake Catering Menus

Woodmans of Essex - Massachusetts Clambake Catering Menus

We've listed some of our favorite seafood, BBQ and clambake menu ideas to get you started. But we're always happy to create custom menus for catered events - contact us today using the form to the right. These catering menus are perfect for outdoor catering for your corporate or private event.

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WEDDING REHEARSAL MENU

Hors D'OeuvresWoodmans Wedding Rehersal Menu - Scallops & Bacon

Warm Artichoke & Sundried Tomato Dip
with sturdy breads, crisp crackers & firm vegetables
Hand Wrapped Scallops in Bacon (Pictured)
deep-sea scallops hand wrapped & skewered with brown sugar-coated bacon
Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
fresh mushroom caps filled with sausage, bread crumbs & cheese

Main Course

Heirloom Tomato, Cucumber & Basil Salad
perfectly ripened colored tomatoes alternated with English cucumber & basil, embellished with crispy fizzled fried red onion, glazed with a roasted garlic white balsamic vinaigrette
House Made Italian Breads
served with olive oil shaved Parmesan & cracked black pepper
Parmesan Cheese Crisp

Entrée

Boneless Chicken Medallions with Citrus Burre Blanc
seasoned poultry medallions pan seared in sweet butter, finished with a white wine lemon butter sauce, presented with artichoke hearts & fried spinach upon an angel hair nest
Flank Steak
black angus grilled flank steak, charred on the grill with Cippolini onions & Aleppo aioli

Dessert & Coffee

Cannoli
a traditional Italian cannoli with a potpourri of fixings
Freshly Brewed Regular & Decaf Coffee
with cream & assorted sweeteners

ALL AMERICAN CLAMBAKE

Woodmans All American Clambake Menu - Lobster New England Clam Chowder Award Winning!
Steamed Clams with drawn butter & clam broth
and Steamed Mussels in garlic & wine
1¼ lb. Hot Boiled Lobster (Pictured) (larger lobsters available)
and One-Quarter Rack Baby Back Ribs slow cooked!
Sweet Corn on the Cob
Corn Bread house baked
Fresh Homemade Cole Slaw
Chef's (seasonal) Homemade Dessert
Bottled Water 

add "Chubby's" Original Fried Clams as an appetizer

Please call our Catering Team for Custom Pricing at 978.768.2559

GRAMP'S ULTIMATE CLAMBAKE

Gramp's Ultimate Clambake Menu - Steamed Mussels
New England Clam Chowder Award Winning!
Steamed Clams with drawn butter & clam broth
and Steamed Mussels in garlic & wine
1¼ lb. Hot Boiled Lobster (larger lobsters available)
and One-Quarter Rotisserie Chicken
Sweet Corn on the Cob
Fresh Homemade Cole Slaw
Chef's (seasonal) Homemade Dessert
Bottled Water 

add "Chubby's" Original Fried Clams as an appetizer

Please call our Catering Team for Custom Pricing at 978.768.2559

NEW ENGLAND WEDDING CLAMBAKE

New England Wedding Clambake Menu - Lobster

Stationed Hors d'oeuvres

Dutch Garden Crudité an assortment of select garden gatherings presented in a Dutch garden fashion accompanied with a trilogy of our fabulous dipping sauces

Passed Hors d'oeuvres

Fresh Shrimp Cocktail with lemons & cocktail sauce

Lemongrass Thai Chicken bite-sized breast of chicken marinated & grilled in coconut milk, lemongrass, basil, chilies & coriander

Grafton Cheddar Cheese Puffs the finest of Vermont's cheddars combined with basil, a touch of onion & aioli presented warm & amber brown on thin buttered bread rounds

Main Course Buffet

New England Clam Chowder
Fresh Caesar Salad hearts of romaine with shaved parmesan cheese, creamy homemade dressing & seasoned croutons

Choice of Entrée

1¼ lb. Hot Boiled Lobster (Pictured) with drawn butter
or Rib Eye Steak grass fed
Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes
Grilled Vegetables
Corn Bread house baked
Chef's Seasonal Homemade Dessert
Freshly Brewed Regular & Decaffeinated Coffee with cream & sugar

Please call our Catering Team for Custom Pricing at 978.768.2559

LAND & SEA

Woodmans Land & Sea Menu - Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder
always gluten free!
with oyster crackers

Classic Caesar Salad
crisp romaine with creamy house made dressing, fresh Parmesan & seasoned croutons
1¼ lb. Hot Boiled Lobster
with drawn butter & lemon

and

Marinated Steak Tips
tender hand cut steak tips marinated with garlic & ginger laced, gluten free soy sauce
Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes
crowns of farm fresh red potatoes, oven roasted with vegetable broth, butter & herbs 'til amber brown
Sweet Corn on the Cob
Freshly Baked Rolls with butter
Chef's Seasonal Homemade Dessert
Chilled Bottled Water

Keep it Simple! Inquire about our Backyard BBQ's or Perfect Lobster Roll Picnic.

LOBSTERBAKE

Woodmans Lobsterbake Catering Menu

New England Clam Chowder
always gluten free!
with oyster crackers

1 1/4 lb. Hot Boiled Lobster
with drawn butter

and

Hamburger
with roll, lettuce, tomato, cheese & onion
Hot Dog
with roll
Sweet Corn on the Cob
Orzo Salad
orzo pasta with seasonal, chopped, roasted vegetables, glazed with a light vinaigrette dressing & topped with crumbled feta cheese
House Made Potato Chips
lightly seasoned with cider vinegar & sea salt
Pickles
Chef's Seasonal Homemade Dessert
Bottled Water

DEXTER'S DELICIOUS BARBECUE MENU

Dexter's Delicious Barbecue Menu - Baby Back Ribs Homemade Chili with shredded cheese, sour cream & chives
House Baked Cornbread

One-Quarter Rack Baby Back Ribs (Pictured) slow cooked
Grilled Marinated Steak Tips tender, hand cut steak tips in a garlic & ginger marinade with cherry tomatoes, peppers & onions
Grilled Barbecue Chicken legs & thighs

Fresh Homemade Cole Slaw
Sweet Corn on the Cob

Chef's Seasonal Homemade Dessert
Bottled Water

Optional Add-On:
(6oz) Hamburger & Hot Dog with rolls & condiments
(sold in increments of 12)

Please call our Catering Team for Custom Pricing at 978.768.2559

BESSIE'S BEST BARBECUE MENU

Bessie's Best Barbecue Menu - Spicy BBQ Shrimp
For Starters (choose 1)
New England Clam Chowder with oyster crackers
Corn Chips with salsa & guacamole
Sliced Italian Sausage with peppers & onions
Sweet 'n Sour Kielbasa
Spicy BBQ Shrimp (Pictured) with pita bread

Side Dishes (choose 3)
Fresh Homemade Cole Slaw
Red Bliss Potato Salad
Caesar Salad crisp romaine with parmesan cheese,
creamy dressing & seasoned croutons
Pasta Salad
New England Baked Beans
Herb Roasted Potatoes
Nana's Creamy Potatoes
Baked Sweet Potato
Grilled Vegetables
Sweet Corn on the Cob
Home Baked Corn Bread
Freshly Baked Rolls & Butter

From the Grill (choose 2)
Italian Sausage with peppers, onions & roll
One-Quarter Rack Baby Back Ribs Slow Cooked!
Marinated Steak Tips
(6 oz.) Hamburger & Hot Dog with rolls
One-Quarter Rotisserie Chicken
Poached Salmon Filet
Seafood Kabob

Chef's Homemade Dessert (seasonal)
Bottled Water

Price point based on number of guests
Please call our Catering Team at 978.768.2559
Items below may be ordered in addition to your main menu:

VEGETARIAN MENU*

Woodmans Vegetarian Menu - Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms
Homemade Gazpacho
Baked Portabella Mushrooms (Pictured), stuffed with spinach,
seasonal vegetables & topped with cheese
Sweet Corn on the Cob
Includes sides that accompany your main menu
Chef's (seasonal) Homemade Dessert
Bottled Water
Inquire about our vegan option
  
Please call our Catering Team for Custom Pricing at 978.768.2559

* May be ordered in addition to your main menu.

CHILDREN'S MENU*

For children under 10 years of age

Steamed Old Fashioned Hot Dog with roll
Sweet Corn on the Cob
Pickles & Chips
Chef's (seasonal) Homemade Dessert
Bottled Water

Please call our Catering Team for Custom Pricing at 978.768.2559

* May be ordered in addition to your main menu.

Service Upgrades

  • Tent / Tables & Chairs
  • Linens / Plastic Table Covers
  • Dance floor, Staging & Lighting
  • Bar Fruit & Mixers
  • Bartending Service
  • Buffet Trays
  • Cake Plates & Forks
  • Chine Dishes, Flatware & Glassware
  • Plastic Cups

OUR AWARD-WINNING CHEF'S SELECTION OF APPETIZERS

Woodmans Appetizers Menu - Grafton Cheese Puffs New England Clam Chowder Award Winning!
Crab & Corn Chowder
Poblano, Shrimp & Corn Chowder
Homemade Gazpacho
Down East Raw Bar** local littlenecks, oysters on the half
shell & jumbo shrimp cocktail
Shellfish Grill fresh oysters & cherrystones grilled & accompanied
with hollandaise, drawn butter, spicy Harisa & garlic laced remoulade
Shrimp & Corn Hush Puppies* with a spicy remoulade
Pan Seared Maryland Crab Cakes* nestled upon buttered
toast rounds with a dollop of herb scented remoulade
Scallops Hand Wrapped in Bacon
Spicy BBQ Shrimp with crusty bread
Antipasto Display
Assorted Hard Cheeses cheddar, Monterey jack & provolone cheeses with crackers, baguettes & fruit garnish
Fresh Fruit Display
Homemade Potato Chip Bar with boursin cheese dipping sauce
Tortilla Chips with Tomato Salsa & Guacamole
Vegetable Crudités with dip
Chicken Wing Bar
Grilled Flank Steak Sate*
Grilled Long Bone Lamb Chop* with fresh mint salsa
Thai Sesame Chicken Sate*
Grafton Cheddar Cheese Puffs* (Pictured)
Petite Vegetable Spring Rolls*
Spanakopita*
Stuffed Mushrooms* with seafood or without
Sweet & Sour Kielbasa

* May require kitchen access or additional equipment fees

** Consuming raw or undercooked food may increase your
risk of food-borne illness, especially if you have certain
medical conditions.

OUR ESSEX ROOM HOMEMADE DESSERTS

Woodmans Homemade Desserts Menu - Mixed Berry Shortcake Assorted Cookies
Assorted Mini Pastries
Brownies
Whoopie Pies
Lemon Zabaglione
Lemon, Almond or Pecan Bars
Lemon-Cornmeal Cake with crushed blueberry sauce
Mixed Berry Shortcake (Pictured)
Seasonal Pies with ice cream
Strawberry Rhubarb Tarts with créme fraiche

BEVERAGES

Chilled Soda
Chilled Bottled Water
Lemonade & Iced Tea
Crushed or Cubed Ice

OR MAY WE SUGGEST ADDING…

Woodmans Suggestions Menu - Fried Clams "Chubby's" Original Fried Clams with our own tartar sauce
French Fries
Nana Bessie's Mini Clamcakes
Woodman's Famous Onion Rings
  Fry equipment fees may apply
Larger or Additional Lobsters
Lobster Roll family recipe
Steamed Mussel with garlic & wine
Steamed Clams with drawn butter & clam broth
Poached Salmon Filet with candied lemon vinaigrette
Seafood Kabob
Baby Back Ribs slow cooked
Rib Eye Steak grass fed
Marinated Steak Tips
Rotisserie Chicken
BBQ Chicken legs & thighs
Steamed Old-Fashioned Hot Dog with roll
Italian Sausage with roll, peppers & onions
Grilled Linguica with spicy mustard
Grilled 6 oz. Hamburger with roll & cheese*
Grilled Chicken Sandwich with roll*
Veggie Burger with roll*
  *with lettuce, tomato & onion
Seasonal Salad
Tomato, Cucumber & Feta Salad
Red Bliss Potato Salad
Homemade Pasta Salad
Orzo Salad
Fresh Homemade Cole Slaw
Freshly Baked Roll with butter
Corn Bread house baked

*Continental Breakfast available upon request

CUSTOM MENUS & SPECIAL PRICING

We love the challenge of putting together just what you need!
Call for special pricing for parties of 1-25 or 350-10,000+.
Call us at 1-800-649-1773 and we'll guide you through the whole process of planning a great event.

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Awards

  • "Best Seafood in America"
  • "Best Local Food of MA"
  • "Best Clams, Onion Rings, Chowder"

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Reviews

  • "A+ from start to finish"
  • "FANTASTIC"
  • "Outstanding clambake service"
  • "The lobster rolls and chowder were delicious!"

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