“I don’t think any other part of the country has a fall clambake season like ours,” says Bill Gullo, director of purchasing at Catanese Classic Seafood in the Flats. “I had a clam supplier tell me a couple years back that more clams were being shipped to Northeast Ohio during September and October than the rest of the country combined. I would think that that was still true today.”
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Hosting a clambake can cause even the best chefs, event planners, and caterers to break a sweat. Never fear, we have everything you need to keep this Cleveland tradition alive and well.
Step 1: Who’s Coming?
One of the most crucial steps in planning a clambake is to take an inventory on the number of guests attending your bake and the size of their appetites. From there, decide if you want to order complete bakes, just clams, or an assortment of clams and specialty items for your guests. Clams can be ordered washed and bagged by the dozen or in larger quantities. We offer steamer and burner rentals; however, we DO NOT rent propane burners.
A complete bake includes (per person):
Create your ideal clambake with any of the fish and seafood items from our retail market. Some popular additions to a clambake include:
Step 2: Call in Your Order
A week ahead of your clambake, give us a call at 216-696-0080 to place your order. This lead time gives us the opportunity to help customers with pricing, order quantities, equipment, and specialty items for your bake. We are more than happy to answer questions and set you up with the right equipment over the phone.
Step 3: Pick Up Your Clambake
Pick up your clambake and equipment from our retail market located at 1600 Merwin Ave. Cleveland, OH 44113. When you pick up your clambake make sure to grab a “Catanese Classic Seafood Clambake Instructions” or download our PDF version.
Step 4: The Clam Before the Storm
Pick a shielded, wind-free spot to set up your steamer, fire up the propane and get cooking! Do not use an open fire or charcoal to heat your steamer. Remember to follow the detailed instruction guide above. Most importantly, clambakes have survived as a tradition in Northeast Ohio because they gather people for good food and a good time. Relax and enjoy the beautiful fall season in Ohio.