All About the Apps

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We’re old fashioned. We’ve always thought of lobster as the main attraction at a clambake. And you already know this: sweet, succulent, fresh-from-the-sea lobster are our specialty.

But over the years, we’ve evolved. Don’t get us wrong: we’re still lobster freaks. But we’ve come to appreciate the power of a great cocktail hour.

While you are busy greeting your guests, or off getting your wedding photos taken, it’s important to offer something for people to snack on. And it’s hard to go wrong with a rawbar. We favor succulent Barnstable Harbor oysters and littlenecks, freshly shucked, along with a few perfectly cooked chilled shrimp. Nice big ones really are the best. With our delicious cocktail sauce, of course.

Did you know we do lots of other appetizers, too? They’re all freshly made and flavorful, perfect for keeping guests happy as they mingle and catch up with friends. From cheese platters with fresh fruit to scallops wrapped in bacon, you’ll find your favorites on our raw bar and appetizers menu.

If you’d like to do something a little different, but still feature our fabulous shellfish, here’s a recipe that gets raves every time we do it: first we marinate fresh oysters, clams, and shrimp in a little garlic butter, then we put them on the grill. They all come out juicy, tender, and just fantastic this way.

So, yes, to lobsters. Absolutely. People love them. And we do them up right. But while our cooks work on the main course we just want you to know: we’re all about the apps.

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We’ve got you covered.

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We’re growing once again. We are pleased to introduce Anchor Tent & Table.

We’ve been in the fish market and catering business for nearly 20 years and are always looking for new ways to please our customers.

We’ve been putting up small tents for a few years for our clambake customers. Recently, we realized that we were not doing enough for our customers. Now we’ve increased inventory (and staff) and are ready to cover all your needs. From small backyard weddings to elegant outdoor events we can now handle all of your event needs.

We specialize in tent selection and setting up everything you need for a great party. From the tent to what is underneath it, we promise to do everything we can to make it perfect. Whether it’s a wedding, corporate event, family reunion or just a party, the staff at Anchor will make sure you have everything you need.

We’d love to be cooking your clambake dinner, as well, but if you’re not using Clambakes, Etc for the meal, we’ll still take care of your party needs. Tents, lighting, dance floors, tables, chairs and the set up for table tops are all under one roof at Anchor — and we know a pretty good catering company.

All you have to do is invite the guests, and we’ll take care of the rest.

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Eat more Fish

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If a healthier lifestyle is on the top of your list for 2016, you need to eat more fish! We’re not kidding. Besides being delicious, fish comes with a big side of health benefits.

Here are the top five ways eating seafood supports good health—and happiness:

  • Sleep: Do you struggle to get to sleep? Fish can help with that. It’s packed with Omega-3s and vitamin D, both reasons researchers at the National Institutes of Health are reporting people who eat fish get to sleep easier and stay asleep longer.
  • Immunity: Almost half of the American population is deficient in vitamin D, which is so important to the immune system (and really, for bones, organs, and overall health, too). Fish is the only dietary source of vitamin D found on the planet, and fatty fish like salmon are particularly high in it—a single serving of salmon (six ounces) contains 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin D. Even cod and other white fish have enough vitamin D to make up for all that time you spend in the office instead of in the sun.
  • Heart Health: Those same Omega-3 fatty acids that help with sleep are also linked to preventing heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating two servings of fish per week. Researchers there say that although eating flaxseed, walnuts, and other Omega-3-rich foods is a good thing, you can’t beat the benefits of eating fish regularly.
  • Memory: Researchers have found that eating fish can prevent the onset of cognitive problems like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, eating a delicious creature from the sea just once a week amps up your gray matter better than taking fish oil in pill form.
  • Happiness. Seriously. Many studies have shown that people who eat fish have a more positive outlook on life. A seafood-rich diet has long been shown to ward off depression. Now researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have discovered something we already knew: people who dine on fish are not only happier, but they tend to have more pleasant personalities than people who don’t eat seafood.

Come see us in Osterville this winter. We’re here with just what you need to gain health and happiness—and maybe even popularity—in this New Year.

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Happy, Healthy Holiday Parties

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Most holiday menus are all about tradition. And you know we can bring on the best of the classics—from oysters Rockefeller to scallops wrapped in bacon.

But we’ve got a great idea for those of you looking for something healthy to add to the table at your next holiday party: a sushi bar.

The fish, of course, is delicious and healthy. And oh, what a thoughtful host you are, because it turns out that when you offer sushi, you’re offering all kinds of goodness. For instance:

  • There is no gluten in sushi, so it gives you a way to feed the gluten-free crowd. Just be sure to get tamari or another soy sauce labeled wheat-free.

  • Ginger, which is served along with our sushi selections, is actually good for your immune system. Just in time for flu season.

  • Rice vinegar lowers your blood pressure and helps your digestive system.

  • And don’t forget the seaweed salad! It’s packed with a million vitamins.

The botton line is this: whether you’re hosting guests who want to eat healthy or catering to a non-sushi crowd, you can count on us to help you put on a great—and memorably delicious—holiday party.

Give us a call and we’ll help design your cocktail party menu to make it perfect for you and your guests.

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Why Fall Bakes are Best

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A Cape Cod secret we just can’t keep: fall clambakes are some of the very best.
Here’s the thing: we have the hustle and bustle of summer and the rush of September weddings behind us, yet the weather is still good—but crisp: it’s time to think about tossing on an extra layer and digging into a perfect bowl of clam chowder.

Which reminds us, there are a few other things that make this time of year true clambake season. Lobsters are at their meatiest right now because cooler water temperatures mean they fill out their shells as they finish growing for the season. Oysters are at their prime, too, since the cooler water helps them get meatier and sweeter.

Maybe the most important reason to throw a clambake right now is not about the meaty lobsters or the plump clams and perfect oysters. It’s about grabbing onto the biggest thrill of summer one more time, the chance to be with friends and family at the most easy-going kind of party ever.

That’s really why after a busy summer we still want to bake clams, boil lobsters, and shuck oysters for you. There’s nothing like the joy a fall clambake, when everyone gathers together to fill these beautiful days and evenings with great memories.

So come on, plan a clambake now—we guarantee you’ll be glad to have something so delicious to reflect back on this winter. Especially if it’s anything like the last one when even those of us on Cape Cod were buried under eight feet of snow.

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The Oysterville Slider

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We’re always trying to think of ways to make sure you’ll come back for more at Osterville Fish and Osterville Fish Too. That’s why we like to make a few extra special additions to our menu each season.

Heading toward prime oyster season we wanted to make sure we did something tasty with the beautiful, plump oysters coming our way from Barnstable Harbor.

Sure, we recommend slurping them down raw. And yes, we think setting them on the grill—especially with a little butter and herb topping—is a great idea. But we’ve come up with another spin we think you won’t be able to resist.

The key is a tasty sauce. And of course it had to be homemade. So after a little research and suggestions from diners, we settled on the perfect combo of hot and sweet: a lime-chili aioli.

With that sauce at the ready, we put together the best oyster roll ever—the Oysterville Slider.

First, our delectable Barnstable Harbor oysters get freshly shucked to order and coated in a light batter and fried until they’re just golden. Next, we toast up three brioche slider rolls, lay on some fresh arugula, then pile them high with tender-crisp oysters, and top them with our lime-chili aioli.

We’re pretty sure you’ll agree the Oysterville Slider is oyster perfection.
But come try it soon: it’s a seasonal special, and that means it will be available at both of our locations, but only for a limited time!

Don’t miss a reason to come back for more. Hear about all our specials on Facebook.

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On the Shores of Massachusetts

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We’re famous for our Cape Cod Clambakes. But did you know we take them on the road all summer long? Yes, we bring our clambakes to the South Shore and the North Shore, too!

Our clambakes team loves bringing a little Cape Cod tradition to South Shore summer parties. We’ve got lots of friends there—great people who can help make your South Shore summer party really special.

When it comes to planning a clambake, you’ll want to start with choosing just the right place. We can work pretty much anywhere, from your backyard to your favorite beach, and check out our favorite South Shore party venues here.

Many of our friends from the Cape are happy help with South Shore parties, too. Here are a few you might want to know about as you make plans for your clambake. Especially if you’re celebrating a wedding, anniversary, or any special occasion that calls for photos and flowers.

We think Amanda at Shore Shotz is one of the very best around. And we’re not the only ones: she has joined us on the lists for “Best Weddings” and “Couple’s Choice Winners” at The Knot and Wedding Wire. She knows how to catch a couple’s special moments. We’ve worked with her dozens of times and are always impressed with her professionalism. Her photos are pretty awesome, too.

If you want flowers for your South Shore special day, check out Beach Plum Flowers. Also winners on both The Knot and Wedding Wire, owners Jillian and Shawna will work with you to create a design that really stands out. They have a way with choosing the perfect colors for any setting and making them pop in a way that’s beautiful and natural.

We bake on the North Shore, too!

Now, the Northern Shore of Massachusetts is home to some of the best fishing in New England. Which makes it the perfect spot for one of the best meals in New England: one of our traditional pit-style or pot-style clambakes.

If you’re busy planning a big event up there, not to worry: we have friends on the North Shore who are happy to help.

For you non-traditional folks, you’ll love working with Lola Grace Events. They focus on your personality and bring it into your party. Working with brides or “anti-brides” as they say, is their specialty. And yes, if you’re not getting married they help with all kinds of events and parties.

If you’re planning a more traditional event, try Marrero Events. They offer all sorts of different packages, from planning your entire event top to bottom, to just assisting you on the day of your party.

As for planning the clambake itself, well, that’s the really easy part. Just tell us where you want us to set up, when you want to eat, and we’ll bake up the perfect clambake for you—North Shore or South.

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Clambakes for Dad and Country

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Looking for a great way to celebrate Dad? Take him to a clambake!

We are proud to announce that this year we have taken over the American Legion Post 188 clambakes! The Post, located in Sandwich, will host five clambakes this season, the first of which will be held on Sunday, June 21—Father’s day.

Every Cape Cod Dad loves a good lobster served up with a heaping pile of steamers, mussels, potatoes, corn on the cob and clam chowder, too. Plus, digging in with us at Post 188 means you’ll get a great meal and help support the Legion.

If your Dad simply has to be at the grill on his day, we understand. Stop by our Osterville store and pick up fresh fish and everything else you need for a great celebration at home. And mark your calendar for other chances to come bake with us: we’ll be doing four more Cape Cod clambakes at Post 188 in Sandwich this summer.

After our Father’s Day clambake, next up is July 19, followed up by August 16. Then in September we’ll do two more Legion clambake dinners, one on the 13th, and the last on September 20.

These informal gatherings are the perfect way to spend a summer Sunday feasting on Cape Cod’s bounty without having to cook or even plan a thing. Just drop in with your family and join the party.

There is one other way to think about these Legion clambakes: it’s a way to sample what we do. A lot of people ask us if they can come to one of our clambakes before they book a wedding or other event. Well, it’s hard for us to invite you to crash someone else’s party to find out how we work.

Finally, here’s a clambake party that offers a hearty welcome to all. Come to one of our American Legion clambakes and get a taste of the way we bake.

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A New Season

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What a winter. But finally it’s time to look forward to the season. Fish and chips on our patio overlooking Barnstable Harbor. Fresh fish from our market, cooked at home over a hot grill. And the joy of clambakes we’ll take all over New England.

A few months ago, we told you about our efforts to grow our own steamers, with the help of our friend Wayne Hayes. Well, this rough winter brought constant ice flow and icebergs moving in and out of the marsh—impossibly harsh conditions for our growing steamers. Only three of the five nets full of steamer seed we planted two years ago survived the winter.

We’re looking ahead now though: we’ve got work to do and clams to bake! We are hopeful about our littleneck clams. They should be ready for harvest come June and we’re looking forward to bringing their home grown flavor to our stores and clambakes.

In Sandwich, we are ready to get going for clambake season. We’re especially excited about our new smoker. We’ll be turning out succulent smoky chicken for our clambakes this year.

On Barnstable Harbor, we’ve kept with our spring tradition of being open May first. We’re open Friday, Saturdays and Sundays until Memorial Day Weekend when we kick off our full summer schedule and open seven days a week. Come check out a few new items on our menu there.

Back in Osterville, we’ve made a few updates, too. Hopefully you notice our beautiful new sign hanging off the front of our building. We’ve updated our cash registers, too, with a whole new system designed to make your shopping here as easy as could be.

Above all, as the season approaches, we want you to know that what we look forward to most is the chance to see you again and serve you. Come welcome summer with us!

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Little Rhody Loves a Clambake

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Yes, we are a born-and-bred-on-Cape Cod kind of company. But that doesn’t mean we’re afraid of venturing over the bridges.

We’ll even cross state lines for a good clambake.

Rhode Island, that quaintest and quietest little New England state always seems to give us a warm welcome. Rhode Islanders know how to eat well, for one thing. They love it when we show up with chowder, lobsters, clams and all the makings of a good old-fashioned clambake.

Whether you’re planning a wedding or another summer party, we just want to say: don’t forget about Little Rhody.

We can attest that some of the world’s best places hosting a clambake are to be found in Rhode Island. And we can connect you with lots of good party planning resources—trusted vendors we’ve met while working in the smallest state.

From the International Tennis Hall of Fame to the Old Lighthouse Museum, there are a surprising number of different great settings for clambake parties in Rhode Island. We’ve baked clams at many of them, and one of our favorites is The Towers.

This beautiful and historic building has a Great Hall that offers breathtaking views of the ocean. What a perfect backdrop for dining on a classic New England dinner. And it’s big enough to seat up to 180 guests.

If you’re thinking about a smaller party, that’s fine to. Did you know we got our start doing clambakes in our friends’ back yards? Rhode Islanders: if you’ve got a back yard, let’s put on a clambake.

Those of you who are now imagining a Rhode Island shindig of one kind or another, but think you may need some party planning experts to lean on, you might want to try Planned to Perfection. They can help you with every celebration from the “yes” to the “I do” to your golden anniversary party. They are Couple’s Choice Award winners on the Wedding Wire—hey, we were too! So you know they’re good at what they do.

Finally, maybe you’re in the market for party rentals. Don’t miss our full list of vendors here. For tents and more, you can count on us, Rhode Island. We’ve you covered.

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