Considering a catered party? A backyard clambake right at your location is easy when you plan with us! Below is a selection of some of the most frequently asked questions about our seafood, BBQ and clambake catering services in New England.
If you still can’t find an answer to your catering question, please call us at 978-768-2559 – our catering staff will be happy to help!
How do I secure the catering date?
We recommend you send your contract and deposit in as soon as possible in order to secure your catering date with Woodman’s of Essex, Massachusetts. Clients are required to provide a major credit card when booking an event. The credit card will be retained and may be used to pay any unpaid balance after event.
How do I select my catering menu?
Choose one of our standard menus, or ask us to create a specialized menu to suit your taste.
How will my food be served?
All food at a catered event is served buffet style in courses. Service staff is available upon request.
What will Woodman’s Catering provide?
We supply buffet and condiment tables, paper products (plates, utensils, napkins), condiments, trash barrels, and trash removal. We can arrange tables, chairs and any other additional items you may need for an additional charge.
How will the food be cooked?
We cook outdoors using propane burners. This requires a fairly flat ground surface and should be at least 10 feet away from houses or trees. Make sure you take these guidelines into consideration if you’re planning a backyard clambake.
How can I best prepare a clambake site?
Check for a suitable cooking area with access to an outdoor water supply and hose hookup. This area should also be convenient for set up of our serving tables and cooking equipment. We will need a lighted area if food is served after dusk. Should you need a location for your clambake party, we will be happy to send you our sites list or visit the event sites section of our website for some suggestions.
How do I determine a serving time?
In order to serve your guests the highest quality food, it is helpful for all of your guests to be present at your designated serving time. Our crew will arrive at your site approximately one hour before serving time.
What happens in the event of rain?
If you decide to postpone your clambake party due to rain please call us by 11:00 AM 3 business days prior to the event 978-768-6451. No voice mail please. Rescheduling is contingent upon Woodman’s availability.
Is there a travel charge for coming to my site?
There is no travel charge within one-hour travel time from Woodman’s (Essex, Massachusetts). A travel fee may be charged if drive time is more than one hour.
How will my catering plans be finalized?
Approximately two weeks before your event our operations team will call for your menu updates, number of guests & final details. Please inform our team of any dietary restrictions or allergies.
How will I be billed for catering?
We require a deposit with your contract upon booking your event. The balance will be due ten business days prior to your outing, and cannot be accepted at the event. In some cases, additional deposits may be required.
Does Woodman’s cater weddings?
We are happy to help you plan your wedding so you can relax and enjoy your special day. Additional services are available upon request, e.g., wedding consultant, catering coordinator, and service staff.
Do I have anything to worry about?
We continually strive to offer the best product available and to exceed our customer’s expectations. Please let us know how we are doing by completing the customer response form you will receive with your invoice. We want to know that your clambake party was out of this world.
Relax and enjoy! We have been in the Restaurant and Catering business since 1914. Let our experienced Woodman’s Catering staff do the work for you.
ABSOLUTELY!!! We had my daughters wedding Friday Sept.6,2019, everything was perfect ! Food, venue , staff were phenomenal ! Donna, Lauren , Maureen made our day perfect! No stress at all for this mother of the bride! Have been friends with the Woodman family forever and they did not disappoint! All of our friends and family are raving about it!Patti & David Burnham
Lovely time at family receptions 👍🏼
What a wonderful party they hosted. Food was fantastic and was great playing lawn games with the kids
The Essex Room and staff are amazing! They made our wedding day everything thing and more. We had an unexpected hicup during pictures and they made it go as smooth as possible and made me and the bridal party feel comfortable and at ease and no one had a clue anything happened! Truly amazing! I wish I could do it all over again! They put my vision to life and the food, the guests still can’t stop talking about it! Maureen, Lauren, and Donna are the best and I hope to be in touch with them in the future! Thank you for making my wedding dreams come true! #gobingorgohome #greatestcomebackofalltime
Victoria Vitale Bingham
My Son Brenden and Sarah's Wedding was at the Essex Room Sept. 23rd. It was so well done, everything was perfect. The venue was beautiful, the food was wonderful and the staff was incredible. Thank you for the perfect memories.Rosemary Doyle
Rose Graham Doyle
It was a special event for a family member, everything was amazing and well planned. I would recommend it to anyone needing a hall for a special event!
Susan Merson Drohan
Beautiful place and very friendly staff! My best friend had his wedding here and it was perfect!
Second wedding this year, and both were fun, and done just right! Wish I knew about this before�
We could not of been happier with everything. Our wedding was perfect all thanks to Donna and her amazing staff!! The venue is beautiful and every guest commented how fabulous the food was!!
I had such a great time at the Essex room!!! at Sam and Charlie McNeil wedding. The food was fabulous soup to nuts. If I had a daughter. I would definitely have the wedding here. The chef was fabulous and the after party was amazing. Can't wait to go back for seafood. Thank you donna of the Essex room you were wonderful!!!
We feel so fortunate to have found the Essex Room! Woodman's has long been a family tradition with us and Sam and Charlie wanted to have their reception there but we would have never guessed at the professionalism, expertise and support from Donna Roy and her whole staff. They were there every step of the way! As for the day itself, the room was beautiful, the food was perfect and staff was kind and accommodating. We can't recommend this venue strongly enough!!!
Marianne Veronelli Bolt
My son's wedding reception was held at the Essex one year ago ,had a great time, food was amazing would recommend it to anyone.
Impressive staff and venue. Daughter's wedding was a blast. Definitely the place to have a wedding reception. Would recommend it to anyone. Can't wait to plan my youngest daughter's wedding there ..........soon.
Great place for corporate events and functions. Menu is awesome. Owned and operated by the Woodman family. Can't beat the views!
I don't even know where to begin! My husband and I had our wedding reception at the Essex Room almost 2 weeks ago and it was more than we could have ever dreamed of. Faye, Norman and Kristen made sure everything was taken care of and my husband and I didn't have to worry about anything (and I worry.. A lot!). 🙂 Maureen was also there to make sure everything ran smoothly which was an extra bonus. Chef Ned accommodated all of our guests various allergies and everyone enjoyed the food. Thank you to the entire Essex Room family for working with us to make sure our day was special! Additionally, thank you providing a great after party space at the Lobster Trap Pub. Our guests had a blast! 🙂