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History of the New England Clambake!

  • Posted on: 18 October 2020
  • By: Brian and Mick

We all know that the New England Clambake is a tried and true favorite of our area (and our customers' favorite!). But how many of us actually KNOW the origins of the legendary and long-loved "bake"?

 

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This Native American tradition of cooking clams and lobsters in sand pits dates back to 2000 years and has become notoriously popular. The original practice has since transformed. Now the classically know "New England Clambake" dish consists of lobsters, mussels, crabs, and clams all still steamed in sandpits over several seaweed layers.

 

The historical practice of digging up sand pits stems from the Natives, who did not own cooking pots, so it is the earth that was used as a cooking vessel instead. Pretty clever! As the clambake dish evolved, it isn't uncommon to see vegetables added too. Veggies like corn, onions, and carrots now get to making starring appearances in the bake.

 

As the end of the 19th century rolled around, clambakes became a noted American tradition. Although most commonly prepared for festive events in New England, B&M makes it possible to enjoy an intimate little Clambake for two without the fanfare of a larger celebration.

 

This history is a beautiful reminder of our connection between the earth and sea and is not only delicious, but a true tradition of our area. 

 

Our friend, Kate P. and her son sure did enjoy their DIY clambake.  Read about it here. 

 

Are you interested in a clambake of your very own?

 

Please take a look at our Clambake Curbside Pick-Up menu!

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Playing Favorites: Meal Station Suggestions

  • Posted on: 7 October 2020
  • By: Brian and Mick

Choosing a menu for any celebration takes planning and patience.

Knowing how to build a menu that works for your gathering, and yet adds some themed flair, is what we love to do. 

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Check out some of our favorite (and delicious) meal station suggestions! 

  • That's Amore! Food is love, and your guests will LOVE our Italian dish options. With dishes like Chicken Parmesan and Sweet Italian Sausage with Peppers & Onions, that old-world Italian feel will keep bellies fed and hearts happy. There is even an option for Veggie Lasagna for guests that are not meat-lovers.
  • Slide into Yum! Our Slider Station is a wonderful, "hands-on" option with selections like Pulled Pork with Homemade Cole Slaw or Buffalo Chicken with Crumbled Blue Cheese. And for the seafood lovers, we even offer a Wasabi Swordfish slide! Add on a side of Cowboy Beans or Mac n' Cheese to round out the comfort food feel.
  • A Festive Fiesta! The Taco Station allows you to choose from beef, chicken, fish, and vegetarian choices and comes along with all the festive taco fixins'. As a side dish option, pair it with Spanish Rice & Beans for the perfect mini Mexican fiesta. 

Ready to start planning your themed party or learn about our additional stations? Check our online catering menu. Once you are ready, request a quote here

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Meat Lovers Curbside Catering Options

  • Posted on: 29 September 2020
  • By: Brian and Mick

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Where are the meat lovers?

Today's post is dedicated to YOU!

Check out these juicy options to satisfy your protein cravings. Pair these options with a selection of our side dishes such as:

  • Boston baked beans
  • Spicy Thai noodles
  • Mac n Cheese
  • New England clam chowder 

and, of course - no meal would be complete without our famous B&M Catering cornbread. Check out our Curbside Catering Menus.Order online for pick up at our worldwide headquarters in Pawtucket, RI or at any of our satellite locations.

Our menus offer some items "cook 'em yourself" and others are "simply reheat". All items are picked up cold.

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Celebrating Outside: Planning a Cozy Autumnal Gathering

  • Posted on: 29 September 2020
  • By: Brian and Mick

There is no denying that things are looking a little different this Fall. Still, for those interested in gathering outside in the crisp Autumn air, we have some helpful suggestions (including the food, of course!) to make your get-together memorable! With winter just around the corner, now is the time to take advantage of gathering with those you love while the temps are still mild.

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Here are some suggestions to transform your outside space, complete with menu selections that support the feel of the season:

  • Light the Space: Strings of lights can be all it takes to transform your backyard from a simple yard into an intimate space to gather. As an alternative to burning lanterns, you can also try placing string lights into glass jars and place on tables or walkways.
  • Decorate with fall décor. Autumn-themed décor or seasonal plants will help bring that Fall vibe alive. Containers of mums in an array of colors are an easy addition with big impact! 
  • Add warmth. After all, it's New England, so as the sun sets, make an outdoor lounge spot feel cozy with a portable outdoor fire pit for your patio. Spacing seating smartly around the firepit will allow for a great conversation area while being mindful of necessary distancing. 
  • Comfort Food for the Win: Choosing curbside menu options that fit the feel of your small gathering couldn't be easier. Selections like our BBQ Chicken & Pig meal offer roasted pork and chicken options paired with cowboy beans, cornbread, and homemade applesauce. Add on our cheesy good mac n' cheese to round out a deliciously good gathering!

We have no doubt that your guests will feel the love (and warmth!) once they enter your Autumn themed backyard. 

Curious about our other curbside menu options for your outdoor gathering and want to place an order? Hop on over to our Curbside Menu section!

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Comfort Foods for the Fall!

  • Posted on: 21 September 2020
  • By: Brian and Mick

With Summer’s quick departure and Autumn’s swift arrival, it is easy to feel like the opportunities to gather and celebrate are waning. Luckily, we are here to remind you that Fall is a fantastic time to welcome the cozier months ahead and find ways to celebrate the upcoming season together.

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Here are some of our delicious comfort foods and menu-planning suggestions for your Fall events:

 

  • Aim for Heartier Foods. Some of our favorite comfort foods for the cooler months include our Chicken Marsala, Lasagna, Roast Stuffed Pork, Shepherd’s Pie, and even Baked Scrod. A traditional favorite is our Mac N’ Cheese, which we offer in several unique varieties like Buffalo Chicken, Salsa con Queso and a New England favorite...lobster!
  • Healthy Options Work Too. No one said you could only have higher-calorie comfort foods; there is room for veggies or a fresh salad too! Pair your chosen entrée(s) with a veggie side dish like Candied Baby Carrots, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, or the Harvest Salad – a fall and winter favorite packed with walnuts, cranberries, crumbled bleu cheese, mixed greens, onions, cucumbers, and peppers with an apple cider vinaigrette. Delicious! Browse all of our a la carte menu items to find something that catches your eye (and appetite)!
  • Get Your Soup On! Soup can be an excellent option to incorporate into your menu during the approaching New England winters. Guinness Beef Stew, Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, and Roasted Corn & Butternut Squash Bisque all make for cozy menu add-ons! We even provide Oyster crackers, disposable bowls, and spoons 
  • Family Style All the Way. You can keep things simple by choosing from one of our fixed menu options, like our Old-Fashioned Family Dinner Buffets! The Roast Dinner – with Roasted Turkey or Pork, Whipped Potatoes, Stuffing, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Butternut Squash, and Rolls & Butter is always a tummy-filling crowd-pleaser.
  • Craving Italian? Our Little Italy menu includes Ziti, Italian Meatballs, Sweet Italian Sausage, Chicken or Eggplant Parmesan, Fresh Garden Salad, and Italian Bread & Butter, has all the fixings you could ever crave!
  • Let Us Bring the Food to You! That’s right, in addition to our always available curbside pick-up menu (which has some AMAZING comfort style dishes of its very own), we’ll deliver hot items right your door within an hour’s drive of our commissary in Pawtucket. Be on the lookout for our big white truck with the lobster on it! 

 

Have questions? Curious to have a custom catering quote created for your upcoming celebration or event? Do not hesitate to contact us today!

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