Housing Assistance Corporation Blog

HAC's Quahog Challenge Returns for Second Year

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 @ 11:34 AM
Quahog_Winners_15.jpgLast year's winners of the Cape Cod Quahog Challenge, Susan Buckley and Nathan Nickerson of Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar, will be returning to defend their title. 

On Route 6 in Eastham, there’s a large poster of chef Susan Buckley proudly holding a gold trophy with a quahog on top with the words, “2015 Winner of Best Stuffed Clam on Cape Cod” emblazoned on it. 

That image, which hangs in front of Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar, was taken shortly after Buckley won last year’s inaugural Cape Cod Quahog Challenge at Trader Ed’s in Hyannis.

Organized by HAC, the summer event is a way to highlight a regional culinary favorite all while going to support the nonprofit’s housing programs on Cape Cod and the islands. Featuring some of the top local restaurants and chefs, the challenge seeks to find the best stuffed quahog on all of Cape Cod.

Last year, that honor went to Buckley who was joined at the event by Arnold’s owner Nathan Nickerson. As the reigning champs, the pair will be back to defend their title.

As for their chances of repeating, Buckley was confident. “I’m very proud of these,” she said of the restaurant’s stuffed quahogs. “It took a long time to perfect them.”

List of Competitors Growing
Returning to the challenge is Trader Ed’s and Spanky’s Clam Shack in Hyannis. Joining them are newcomers Wicked n’ Wood, a catering business owned by Falmouth’s Dan Sawyer, and Buddha Belly Kitchen, a food truck owned by Chadchai Lohr.

When asked what makes a great quahog, Sawyer answered simply, “it starts with a good, clean, fresh quahog.” His recipe features Portuguese bread and mixes in a signature butter that includes either honey garlic, toasted coconut or sweet chili lime.

Stuffed quahogs, he said are “a Cape Cod tradition” and he was eager to submit his entry into this year’s competition.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Billy Moore, owner of Spanky’s Clam Shack. Like the other competitors, he expressed confidence in winning, but stressed the most important aspect of the challenge is that it benefits HAC.

“The thing I liked most was the sense of joy in knowing that you are helping out the less fortunate through Housing Assistance Corporation,” Buckley said in agreement.


Are You Up for the Challenge? 

If you're a chef or restaurant owner and you want to compete in the Cape Cod Quahog Challenge on Sunday, August 7, from 1 to 4 pm, at Trader Ed's, contact HAC's Deanna Bussiere at 508-771-5400, ext. 270 or at dbussiere@haconcapecod.org

Click here to learn more about the quahog challenge. 

Tags: Cape Cod Quahog Challenge, Fundraising, HAC Events, Quahog Challenge

Golf Contest Helps Address Cape Cod's Housing Issues

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 @ 10:53 AM
DSC 4116 resized 600Beverly Cobuzzi (left) and Mary Murphy encouraged golfers at the New Seabury Club to donate to HAC’s shelter programs during a Closest-to-the-Pin contest earlier this summer. This year they helped raise over $1,400 for HAC.

The first weekend of June was picture perfect, the kind that reminds people of why they live and vacation on Cape Cod.

 Of course the seasonable weather made it ideal to be outdoors, whether it be at the beach or in one’s own backyard. A small contingent of Cape Codders took to the New Seabury Country Club in Mashpee, but not for the reasons you may think.

Instead of playing golf this group was there to oversee a Closest-to-the-Pin contest that serves as an annual fundraiser for Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC).

Since 1993 nearly $200,000 has been raised by New Seabury along with several other courses – this year the Captains Golf Course in Brewster, and the Woods Hole Golf Club also participated – to help fund HAC’s shelter programs as well as its housing programs.

So at 7 on a sunny Saturday morning at the beginning of June, Carol Stenberg and Mary Murphy, both members of the New Seabury Country Club, set up two pop-up tents, a few chairs and some signage at the 11th holes of the club’s Dunes Course and its scenic Ocean Course.

There they encouraged golfers to donate $10 to participate in the contest which featured an array of prizes donated by local businesses including round trip tickets on Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines, a free round of golf at the Wianno Club, membership to Sandwich’s Heritage Museums & Gardens and gift certificates to Peking Palace in Falmouth, Puritan Clothing in Mashpee and Uncle Bill’s Country Store in North Falmouth.

Those with a hole-in-one would win a free set of Cobra steel-shafted irons compliments of the competition’s sponsor Cape & Islands Golf Shop. A similar prize has been up for grabs in the past. None have been lucky to claim it though last year one player “missed the hole by this much,” Murphy said, holding her thumb and forefinger apart slightly.

For the past two decades Murphy has served as the volunteer coordinator for the event, but this year passed the figurative clubs to Stenberg whose leadership role has expanded in recent years.

This year the two were joined by friends and fellow members of the club in encouraging players to enter the contest. A handful of those that did so gave more than the minimum donation, ranging from $25 to $50. 

At the Ocean Course Murphy and Beverly Cobuzzi, who volunteered to assist with the event, spoke of the importance of each donation, regardless of the amount. “This goes to help the homeless,” Cobuzzi said.

“And they need it,” Murphy added. “It is terrible for anyone to go through that.”

Nancy Noonan, who helped Stenberg at the par 3 159-yard 11th hole on the Dunes Course, agreed with that sentiment. “A lot of people think that Cape Cod is just a vacation destination,” Noonan said. “But events like this are important because there are a lot of people in need and there is real poverty on the Cape.” 

Tags: HAC, New Seabury Country Club, Carol Stenberg, HAC Events, Golf Fundraiser, Mary Murphy, Beverly Cobuzzi

HAC Upcoming Events

Posted by Julie Wake on Sun, Apr 21, 2013 @ 07:00 AM
MAY 1: Volunteer Coffee Hour
10 a.m. in Falmouth (please call or check website for location).  This monthly event is a brief overview of what HAC does, who we serve and what volunteer opportunities are available. Feel free to show up or RSVP with Mary Everett-Patriquin at volunteer@HAConCapeCod.org or 508-771-5400, ext. 279 or online at www.HAConCapeCod.org

JULY 15-21: 21st Annual Housing With Love Walk
HAC and other Cape housing agencies join for a walk from Provincetown to Falmouth. For info, email Deanna Bussiere (dbussiere@HAConCapeCod.org) or Margaret Benaka (mbenaka@HAConCapeCod.org).

SEPT. 28: Mashpee Big Fix

Volunteers will perform small home repairs, cleaning and landscaping work at the homes of seniors, veterans and the disabled. Visit the “News & Events” section of HAC’s web site to sign up as a volunteer, or contact Mary Everett-Patriquin at
508-771-5400, ext. 279, or volunteer@HAConCapeCod.org.

DEC. 11: 10th annual NOAH Telethon
4-9 p.m. on cable-access channels 13 and 99 from Bourne to Provincetown. For more information, contact Sarah Tribuzio at 508-771-5400, ext. 271, or

Tags: Housing with love walk, NOAH Telethon, HAC Volunteer Coffee Hour, HAC Events, Big Fix