HAPPY AS CLAMS

’S CATERED BEACH PAR­TIES NOW COME IN A DO-IT-YOUR­SELF PACK­AGE FOR THE PER­FECT SMALL GET-TO­GETHER. BY TIM LATTERNER

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Hamp­ton Clam­bake’s catered beach par­ties now come in a do-it-your­self pack­age for the per­fect small get-to­gether.

The best place for any ca­sual sum­mer soirée is in the open air with a salty ocean breeze blow­ing, and the pop­u­lar lo­cal caterer Hamp­ton Clam­bake has been driv­ing its kitchen trail­ers right onto the beach for more than 25 years. But now the com­pany is of­fer­ing the same beachy feasts in a ready-made to-go pack­age. While its catered par­ties are de­signed for large groups, the to-go pack­ages are ideal for gath­er­ings of 15 peo­ple or fewer, are priced at a rea­son­able $59 per per­son, and can be picked up from the kitchen at Bay Kitchen Bar, Hamp­ton Clam­bake’s sis­ter com­pany.

“The min­i­mum num­ber of staff I can send to a party is three, which costs about $600. For a smaller party, that’s a huge per-per­son ex­pense in ad­di­tion to the menu,” says Marc Miller, Bay Kitchen Bar’s gen­eral man­ager and di­rec­tor of events. “So we said, ‘Why don’t we just have them pick up the food and go out to the beach wher­ever they want?’”

But don’t ex­pect the smaller size to mean a re­duc­tion in qual­ity. “The to-go clam­bakes of­fer a pared-down menu,” says Miller, “with gua­camole and salsa with chips as a starter, the Hamp­ton Clam­bake from our reg­u­lar menu—lob­ster, mus­sels, steam­ers, and corn—and hand­made straw­berry short­cake for dessert.”

Putting to­gether the per­fect im­promptu party just got a whole lot eas­ier—and the food a lot more de­li­cious. Bay Kitchen Bar and Hamp­ton Clam­bake, 39 Gann Road, East Hamp­ton, 631-3248620; hamp­ton clam­bake.com

Hamp­ton Clam­bake’s to-go pack­age of­fers the same first-class fare as its catered clam­bakes, in­clud­ing fresh lob­ster, mus­sels, steam­ers, and corn.

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