Without a doubt, fall is my favorite time of the year. My only gripe is that it’s too short. Between the sweater weather, stunning colors, crisp nights and flavors, it’s a great time in our area. Next to numerous trips to Patterson’s and Mapleside for cider, apples, fresh doughnuts and pumpkins, the clambake gets my vote for favorite fall activity. Several years ago my friend and I would host them, one of which I have still yet to live down. Mental note, don’t be the first in line at your own clambake. Since then, I’ve been a mission to get someone to throw a clambake. I would in a heartbeat but our backyard is too small plus they are building right behind us so the view is shot for now.
In the meantime, here are a few good bakes in the area:
- The Lakehouse Inn, Geneva-on-the-Lake. My friends took me here last year for my bachelorette party. It combined all my favorite things in one night: the lake, wine, clambake and of course good friends. The setting is ideal (right on the water), good (not great) wine, and delicious food. The bake included chowder, rolls, potatoes, roasted chicken, clams and broth plus fresh peach pie. There was also smores by the beach, but we passed on that. I’m not a fan of chicken, but everyone raved about it. I will say that the soup was one of the best chowders I ever tried, the clams were huge and steamed perfectly and the pie was so good I forgot about the wedding dress and had two slices. This was definitely the best bake I’ve ever had, and I have had a lot.
- Miles Market. If you’re like me and can’t get someone to throw a bake, this is a good option. They actually have a huge clambake there, or you can order one to go. They do a pretty nice job and it’s enough to satisfy your craving. They also have an option where you can rent the steamer and prepare the bake yourself at home for $16 pp. You could also add crab legs or lobster.
- Spice of Life Catering (Chef Ben Bebenroth). I have yet to try this guy but have heard really good things about him. I inquired about his bakes and they start at $25 pp. His crew comes to you and does everything. In the past, this is how we did the bakes – hire someone. It’s the easiest party to throw and nice not to worry about anything.