A visit to Cape Cod isn’t complete without experiencing a quintessential New England style clambake. Chatham Bars Inn, the Cape’s premiere oceanfront resort, is now hosting beachside clambakes four nights a week throughout the entire summer. The grand bakes celebrate the best that the Cape has to offer – freshly caught seafood, the aroma and visual spectacle of a genuine clambake, seaside dining with sand underfoot, and a bonfire under the stars.
The mammoth clambake pit is located on the resort’s private beach, in front of the Beach House Grill restaurant. The process begins early in the day when the culinary crew harvests fresh seaweed from the Chatham waters. A bonfire is then built in the 4 foot deep pit, using a quarter quad of hard maple and oak wood laid over 1800 pounds of rock. The fire heats the rock to a very high temperature. Well tended, the fire will settle down to a bed of hot coals and rock, which provide the catalyst for the bake.
“The clambakes are without a doubt the biggest culinary draw at Chatham Bars Inn during the summer months,” said Executive Chef Anthony Cole. “It’s more than dinner - it’s an event. Guests love to watch the entire cooking process and ask questions. It’s as much fun for me and my culinary team as it is for the guests.”
The historic Chatham Bars Inn has welcomed guests from near and far since 1914. Located on Shore Road in the quaint Cape Cod village of Chatham, it is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and is listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For more information or reservations, visit www.chathambarsinn.com or call 508-945-0096 or 800-527-4884.