Reviews of Our New England Catering

Clambake catering from Woodman’s of Essex, Massachusetts is the ultimate way to give your guests a taste of summer, all year round. For years, our traditional New England clambakes have been delighting those familiar and new to our catering menu at corporate events, weddings, anniversary parties, family reunions, and other events. Over the years, we have amassed a long list of glowing reviews of our New England catering services from the clients who booked Woodman’s for clambake catering and the guests who enjoyed every bite of fresh lobster, our award-winning chowder, steamed mussels and fried clams, sweet corn, our house made cole slaw, and seasonal sweets. If you are considering booking our Massachusetts catering services for your next special event, we invite you to read the reviews below. After all, why should you take our word for it?

See what people are saying about our clambake catering

From from first phone call to the end of my party I was more than pleased with my event. I planned this party in just over a week. Woodman’s made it easy and worry free. The food was fresh and delicious. The staff was helpful and courteous. I will definitely call Woodmans for our next event.

Thank you so much to you all!!

Everyone loved the food and raved about it. Clam Chowder was a big hit. Several people said, “best chowder they’ve had”. Lobsters and Lobster Rolls were delicious. And also got a lot of compliments on the cheeseburgers as well. Berry Shortcake dessert was a big hit, the homemade biscuit was the key. The potato chips were out of this world. All in all, all the food exceeded expectations, which were already very high as I grew up in Ipswich and have had a lot lobster over the years and many at Woodmans. This Lobster Bake was perfect for my daughter’s graduation party and will be remembered for years to come.

Jeffrey Carter

“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

“Thank you all so much for the wonderful bbq that you put on for our company, I have heard nothing but great reviews from the employees for both the delicious and fresh food and your first-rate team of professionals. This lunch went off without a hitch and I am so grateful for the truly excellent service and responsiveness. Everyone was so nice! It was an absolute pleasure to deal with your group… Thank you again for providing us with a fabulous event!”

Lorri Gerry

“During the last 9 months, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Lauren. She answered all of my many questions and was so very prompt in getting back to me, Lauren made planning the event from out of state so smooth and seamless; The Rehearsal Dinner was amazing and all of our guests are still talking about how wonderful it was. So many of our Nebraska friends and family had never had anything like the wonderful seafood they had at Woodman’s that night. The All-American Clambake was scrumptious! We will be anxious to come back to Woodman’s next time we are in the area. Thanks so much for everything!”

Amy White

“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

“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

“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 success due to the great staff and the wonderful food. Many thanks from the PRRI staff!”

Carol Cyr, PR RI

“The evening was perfect on all accounts. You guys have got it down pat with the service, set up and your famous fried clams. I am so glad we included them in the event, could they taste any better?”


Managing Partner, Merrimack Valley Distributing Co.

“Your staff is amazing! Thanks again for making this a great event for us. All went really well. I never have to worry about a thing with your staff AND they are such a pleasure to work with. They truly are great and our distributors love them as well. We look forward to our September clambake!”


Senior Buyer, Travel and Events, The Boston Beer Company

“On behalf of the Student Government at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, we would like to thank you for catering such a FANTASTIC event at the Gore Place this year! The “Clam-B-Q” has established itself as a tradition here at the college and we would not have such a wonderful and delicious event without everything you do! Thank you so very much. We are looking forward to working with you next year! “


SGA Special Events, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

“The professional and pleasant service that you provided (once again) for our Alumni Clambake this past weekend is tremendously appreciated. Please extend our gratitude to your entire staff. The food was delicious and production was seamless. Many, many raves from our guests.”


Asst. to Director of Alumni Relations, Middlesex School

“Yesterday we attended a Wedding in Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, NH catered by Woodman’s! It was by far the absolute best presentation and quality food served at any of the many weddings we have attended in very high end venues. I would highly recommend Woodman’s for any occasion you would like catered! They are very professional, attentive to detail and will make your catered event the most memorable event your guest will ever attend! Thank you Woodman’s for making our grandson’s wedding reception a huge success!!!””

Paula & Jim Durand

“Please share our thanks with everyone involved with the fantastic clambake that Woodmans provided for our son’s Wedding Rehearsal dinner on Friday evening. The food could not have been better in both quality and quantity. Both Sean and MacKenzie were very friendly, helpful and made the event fantastic! Thanks also to you and the other office people who helped with planning our event. You all were very professional so easy to work with! We will highly recommend you to anyone we know who is planning an event!”

Keith and Terri Heggie

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