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A Recipe for Housing Success

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Fri, Oct 12, 2018 @ 04:23 PM
DSC_6679In accepting his fourth straight Quahog Challenge trophy, Ron Winner (right) of The Shepley Stuffers took time to acknowledge the work HAC does to provide safe, affordable housing to those on Cape Cod and the Islands throughout the year. 

Since 2015, HAC volunteer Ron Winner has cooked up the perfect recipe that has garnered him the victory in the Amateur Division of the agency’s annual Cape Cod Quahog Challenge.

After Winner and his team, The Shepley Stuffers, took home the amateur title for the fourth year in a row in August, he acknowledged the underlying reason for the event – it raises funds to support HAC’s housing programs on Cape Cod and the Islands. “We just want to thank Housing Assistance Corporation for all the great work they do all year long,” Winner said in accepting the trophy. “They’re a fabulous organization that does so many great things for Cape Cod. I don’t know where we’d be without them.”

Sesuit Harbor Café of Dennis, a newcomer to the competition, took home top honors in the professional division. When co-host Matt Pitta of Cape Cod Broadcasting asked chef Peter Liimatainen the secret ingredient in his prize-winning stuffies, he replied, “TLC.”

DSC_6715Sesuit Harbor Cafe chef Peter Liimatainen proudly holds up his first place trophy from this summer's Quahog Challenge. 

A total of eight competitors took part in this year’s challenge held at Trader Ed’s in Hyannis. The waterfront restaurant was joined by Fresh Ketch in Hyannis, which took home the second place trophy, and the Baha Brothers’ Sandbar Grill in Taunton, which came in third. Also competing were Cape Tip Seafood Market of Truro, Sea Dog Brew Pub of South Yarmouth, and Chad Lohr of Project Buddha Belly.

“It definitely has been a beautiful day,” co-host Cathy Summers of Cape Country 104 said at the conclusion of the event. “Hopefully, we have just raised a ton of money for a great organization that does great work locally on Cape Cod.”

Quahog-2-1Chefs Jeff Briggs (left) and Bobby Rand of Baha Brothers' Sandbar Grill of Taunton which placed third in this summer's stuffed quahog competition. 

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Quahog Challenge Enters Fourth Year

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Sat, Jul 21, 2018 @ 07:15 AM
Sea Dog Brew PubSea Dog Brew Pub in Yarmouth is one of several restaurants that will compete in next month’s Cape Cod Quahog Challenge. 

For the first time in its four-year history, a new champion will be crowned at next month’s Cape Cod Quahog Challenge at Trader Ed’s in Hyannis.

Over the past three years, Arnold’s Lobster and Clam Bar in Eastham has won the coveted title of tastiest stuffed quahog on all of Cape Cod, but the restaurant will not be returning to defend its title. The restaurant’s owner, Nathan Nickerson, and head chef, Susan Buckley, promised that if Arnold’s won three years in a row, they would step aside to give others a chance.

That leaves room for several restaurants in the region to win this year’s prize, including Cape Tip Seafood Market of Truro which came in second place in 2017.

Also returning to compete are Fresh Ketch in Hyannis; Portside Tavern in Hyannis; Sea Dog Brew Pub in Yarmouth; and Trader Ed’s. Joining them are two newcomers, the BaHa Brothers Sandbar Grill in Taunton, as well as Sesuit Harbor Cafe in Dennis.

Restaurants interested in competing can contact HAC’s Event and Resource Development Coordinator Deanna Bussiere at dbussiere@haconcapecod.org or at 508-771-5400, ext. 270.

“The quahog challenge is one of my favorite events of the summer,” said Bussiere. “You get to taste incredible quahog recipes from some of the best chefs on the Cape.”

Along with sampling locally-made stuffies, attendees will get to taste free samples of Polar Cave Ice Cream, free Narragansett Beer for those 21 and over, and enjoy live music from Four Guys Cape Cod. 

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Compete in HAC's Quahog Challenge

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 @ 11:58 AM

 

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For the fourth straight year, HAC is searching for the best stuffed quahog on all of Cape Cod.

If you're a chef or a restaurant owner who thinks you have the perfect stuffie recipe, then contact HAC Event Coordinator Deanna Bussiere at dbussiere@haconcapecod.org or 508-771-5400, ext. 270 to compete in this year's Quahog Challenge.

The competition takes place on Sunday, August 5, 1-4 pm, at Trader Ed's in Hyannis. Tickets are $30 per person ($35 at the door) and $5 per person for those 10 and under. Click this link to purchase tickets.

Funds raised will go to benefit HAC's housing programs on Cape Cod and the Islands.

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HAC Aims to Find Best Stuffed Quahog on Cape Cod

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 @ 04:46 PM
DSC 1113 resized 600HAC's Deanna Bussiere chats with illustrator John Sullivan who created the logo for The Cape Cod Quahog Challenge. 

When it comes to food, perhaps no dish is as synonymous with Cape Cod as the stuffed quahog.

And that appetizer will be the centerpiece of a summer showdown in Hyannis, The Cape Cod Quahog Challenge, to help raise funds for HAC’s housing programs.

Scheduled for Sunday, August 2, from 1 to 4 pm, at Trader Ed’s, the challenge is intended to be a fun-filled day, complete with live music from Four Guys Cape Cod, that epitomizes what summer is all about.

To add some color to the event, HAC tapped local illustrator John Sullivan to create the logo featuring Cape Cod’s unofficial mascot Doug the Quahog.

The former teacher and head of the drama club at Barnstable High School, Sullivan has long had a passion for art. “When I was a small child, I would always be drawing,” he said.

That passion led him to Massachusetts College of Art and Design where he received his bachelor’s degree in illustration and filmmaking. After graduating from there in 1974, he returned to Mass Art to get his master’s in education, later parlaying that degree to his 34 years of teaching at Barnstable.

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During his time there, his drama club students actively took part in HAC’s Cape Walk to End Homelessness, an event no longer held, so Sullivan is quite familiar with the agency’s work. “I can’t think of a more worthy organization on Cape Cod right now because family is home and home is family,” he said. “If you don’t have a home, you can’t keep your family together.”

Because he identifies with the mission of HAC, Sullivan was more than eager to accept HAC’s invitation to lend his talents to the quahog challenge. And it was more than a fitting assignment for Sullivan who, along with former student Andrew Rapo, has created the Boston/New England Emmy-nominated children’s show, "Quahog Corner." 

Sullivan also crafted the lobster mascot for Cape Country (103.9) which is owned by Cape Cod Broadcasting, the media sponsor for the quahog challenge.

Though officially retired, Sullivan enjoys these types of assignments that let him express his creativity. “It just makes me smile when I’m drawing,” he said. 

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