Woodman’s of Essex Celebrates The 100th Anniversary of The Fried Clam

Essex, MA (June 13, 2016) – On that historic day of the invention of the fried clam Chubby and Bessie Woodman knew they were onto something big when they wrote on the back of their marriage certificate – “fried the first fried clam – in the town on Essex – July 3, 1916.” While frying a batch of their potato chips, a local clammer jokingly suggested frying up a clam. Everyone laughed, yet later that day Chubby and Bessie experimented with frying up some shucked clams and the result was delicious. Visit https://www.woodmans.com/about/the-story-of-the-fried-clam/ for the full story.
One hundred years and five generations later, on July 3rd, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m. the Woodman family will commemorate this notable event with a landmark celebration at their famous restaurant in Essex, where a new sign proudly announces the proclamation of July 3rd as “National Fried Clam Day!”

Guests will enjoy a free fried clam sample (cooked by descendants of Chubby) provided by Woodman’s loyal clam vendors Ipswich Shellfish and Ipswich Maritime as well as local brew from the Ipswich Ale beer wagon. Entertainment from Dave Birkin will liven up the hourly giveaways of tee-shirts, gift cards, and more. The day will be filled with other surprises and the Woodman family invites everyone to celebrate with them at this fun and commemorative event.

About Woodman’s of Essex

With awards such as “Best Seafood in America” (Forbes FYI), “Best Restaurant in New England” (about.com), and “Best Local Food of MA” (Yankee Magazine), Woodman’s was inducted into the MA Restaurant Hall of Fame as well as being named one of the twenty five “Top Visitor Destinations” by the State of Massachusetts.

Most recently they were awarded, “Best Waterfront Seafood Shack in the US” by USA Today.

While continuing the tradition of serving up hearty portions of seafood and memories to generations of loyal customers at the restaurant, Woodmans also caters hundreds of clambakes and barbeques across New England each year. And for those who can’t make it to an event, you can ship a Fried Clam Kit or lobsters right to the door of anyone in the continental USA.

To the delight of many gluten intolerant customers, Woodman’s fried seafood and chowders are all GLUTEN FREE.


Maureen Woodman