Quahog Week, which made its debut last year, returns Monday, March 20 - Saturday, March 25, 2017. The celebration highlights the importance of Rhode Island’s wild harvest shellfish to the state’s history, traditions, and economy, and shines a light on our favorite local clam and its many uniquely Rhode Island preparations. As part of the week, participating restaurants and markets will feature quahog-inspired menu items and deals, and Quahog Week partners will hold special events.

Rhode Island is known for its food and diverse food cultures. The state’s booming local food sector supports more than 60,000 jobs and continues to attract and inspire the imagination of entrepreneurs and innovators. The local fishing industry has been, and continues to be, a vital part of the equation. Thousands of land- and water-based businesses are supported by the industry. And local favorites like the quahog “stuffie” are enjoyed by people near and far.

Last year, more than 100 million pounds of seafood arrived to a local port – with an export value over $1 billion. And more than 28 million quahogs (off-the-boat value of $5.5 million) were harvested from Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island coastal waters. To support continued industry growth, the State, along with its partners, developed the RI Seafood brand to uniquely identify local seafood in the marketplace and to provide a brand under which local seafood events and activities can take place.

Quahogging has a rich history locally, supporting the livelihoods of hundreds of fishers year-round as well as serving as a treasured pastime for Rhode Island families. Quahog Week will highlight this history and value through several planned events, including a kick-off celebration at Save The Bay in Providence on Monday, March 20 and a wrap party on Saturday, March 25 at the new headquarters of Narragansett Beer in Pawtucket. 

 

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS

 

Full list of participating restaurants.

 

EVENTS

Quahog Week Launch Party

Quahog Week returns with a kick off event at Save the Bay in Providence on March 20 from 12:00 - 2:00 PM. Watch as local shellfishermen compete in a quahog shucking competition. You'll get the change to talk to the people that know the most about Little Rhody's state shell during a short speaking program while enjoying a raw bar and creative clam preparations from participating restaurants. The event is free, but space is limited. RSVP to Emily Lynch at emily.lynch@dem.ri.gov.

 

Eating with the Ecosystem

Eating with the Ecosystem is hosting its latest installment of cooking lessons, called School of Fish, on March 20 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Hope and Main in Warren. Rhode Island chef Matt Tortora of Crave Food Services will specially prepare quahogs while educating guests on different methods of at-home cooking you can share with your family and friends. Each workshop is held in the demo kitchen, formerly a school classroom, and is also a dinner. $50 per person. Tickets.

 

Official Beer of the Clam Wrap Party

Quahog Week concludes with the Official Beer of the Clam Wrap Party on March 25 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Narragansett Beer headquaters Pawtucket featuring complimentary stuffies and chowder from Dave's Marketplace, clam cakes from Iggy's Doughboys and Chowder House, a quahog raw bar from Rhode Island Shellfishermen’s Association, and spirits from Narragansett Beer. The event is free, but space is limited. Registration is required. RSVP to Emily Lynch at emily.lynch@dem.ri.gov by Tuesday, March 21.

 
Join in the fun by purchasing quahogs to prepare at home (featured recipes can be found at seafoodri.com) or by dining out at amazing local eateries.

 

The 2nd Annual Quahog Week is proudly made possible by Dave's MarketplaceDiscover NewportEat Drink RIGoProvidenceJohnson & Wales UniversityNarragansett BeerNarragansett Bay Lobsters,Rhode Island Commerce CorporationRhode Island Department of Environmental ManagementRhode Island Shellfishermen's AssociationSave The Bay - Narragansett BayURI Graduate School of Oceanography