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Quahog Challenge Cooks Up Hope for HAC Clients

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 @ 10:52 AM
QuahogChallenge17-2.jpgAn attendee samples a stuffed quahog made by Sea Dog Brew Pub in Yarmouth. There were a total of 11 chefs and nine restaurants who competed in this year's Cape Cod Quahog Challenge. 

On a sunny Sunday at the beginning of last month, 11 local chefs and 9 Cape restaurants and their staff chose to donate their time, energy and talents to cooking up some much-needed hope for HAC and the clients they serve.

That hope can in the form of tasty samplers of a regional dish – stuffed quahogs – served up as part of the agency’s 3rd Annual Cape Cod Quahog Challenge at Trader Ed’s in Hyannis. “We all have choices for what we do on a beautiful Sunday on Cape Cod and the fact that you’re all here really means a lot to all of us,” HAC CEO Alisa Galazzi told this year’s competitors.

Together, the 11 participants and the nearly 300 people in attendance helped HAC raise more than $30,000 that will go to support the agency’s housing programs on Cape Cod and the Islands.

In the amateur category, Ron Winner led The Shepley Shuckers to their third straight victory, besting newcomer O’Keegan’s Quahogs cooked up by HAC staffer Jodi Keegan. Keegan and her friend Amanda O’Connell dug up all the quahogs, plus blue crabs, that were used in her recipe.

QuahogChallenge17-1.jpgFor the third straight year, The Shepley Shuckers came out on top in the amateur category. 

It was a similar story in the restaurant category where Arnold’s Lobster and Clam Bar of Eastham, took home its third title. Coming in second and third, respectively, were newcomers Cape Tip Seafood Market of Truro and Wicked Good Seafood Truck of East Falmouth.

When master of ceremonies Matt Pitta of Cape Cod Broadcasting asked Wicked Good Seafood’s Bill Henrique what the secret ingredient was in their stuffies, he replied, “love” to laughter.

Cape Tip Seafood’s Courtney Roach expanded upon that notion when the market was handed its second place trophy. “If you make it with love, it tastes better,” she said.

“It’s all about the love here today,” Pitta chimed in.

And it’s that special ingredient which will make a major difference in the lives of those looking for safe, secure housing on Cape Cod.

To view more photos from the 3rd Annual Cape Cod Quahog Challenge, visit our Facebook page here

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Quahogs for a Cause

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 11:49 AM
Quahog_Challenge_with_Doug_4.jpgSusan Buckley, head chef at Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar, proudly holds this year's Quahog Challenge trophy, as she is joined by her coworkers, including Arnold's owner Nathan Nickerson (left).  

When chef Susan Buckley of Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar took home top honors for the second straight year in HAC’s 2nd Annual Cape Cod Quahog Challenge at Trader Ed’s in Hyannis, she was joined by her older brother David who lives in Wilmington, Vermont. Their mother wasn’t there, but the pair still made sure she took part in the celebration.

“It was so funny. The minute they called my name, he called my 91-year-old mother to tell her I won,” Buckley laughed. “They were all screaming. I come from a rather close family.”

Joining Buckley in the winner’s circle was HAC volunteer Ron Winner whose team, Shepley’s Stuffers, once again was the crowd favorite in the amateur category. There were a total of nine entrants in this year’s challenge, which seeks to find the best stuffed quahog on all of Cape Cod.

Arnold’s has won the first two years of the competition, bringing additional attention to the popular Eastham restaurant. “A guy came in and said he had to try one of them. So he sat and ate it and afterwards, he said, ‘Susie, I see why you won two years in a row. That’s the best stuffie I have ever had in my life,’” she said.

While she welcomes the exposure the quahog challenge brings to the restaurant, Buckley understands the real reward is the good the event does for the community. This year, the challenge raised nearly $20,000 to support HAC’s housing programs on Cape Cod. “The best part is that the proceeds go to help unfortunate people,” in the community, she said. “I feel good about that. It is the icing on the cake.”

Click this link to learn more about HAC's Quahog Challenge. 

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