Bill Smith's Famous Clambakes

Clambake Provisioning Chart
What we provide and what you must provide

Item Casual FULL SERVICE Clambake-to-Go
Chowder bowls, Platters, Dessert plates, coffee cups, etc. WE provide plastic-lined paper Chowder cups, Chinet platters and dessert plates, (Paper coffee cups are available when optional coffee service is ordered.) YOU provide ceramic mugs for Chowder and coffee, glass fish plates (DO NOT order dinner plates - they are too small), ceramic dessert plates, etc. (*see note below) WE provide plastic-lined paper Chowder cups and Chinet platters
Soup spoons, knives, forks, coffee spoons, napkins, etc. WE provide heavy-duty plastic soup spoons, knives, forks, dessert forks, coffee spoons (with optional coffee), etc. YOU provide metal soup spoons, knives, forks, dessert forks and coffee spoons (*see note below) WE provide heavy-duty plastic soup spoons, knives, forks, etc
Appetizer napkins, Dinner napkins, Dessert napkins WE provide paper napkins for chowder, dinner and dessert YOU provide linen dinner napkins (*see note below). We can provide paper napkins for chowder and dessert if you request them WE provide paper napkins for each serving ordered
Lobster crackers, shell buckets WE provide lobster crackers and red plastic shell buckets YOU provide lobster crackers and metal shell buckets (*see note below). WE LEND YOU lobster crackers which must be returned.
Serving platters and utensils, salt and pepper shakers, baskets, serving bowls, coffee pot, creamer, etc. WE provide all platters, utensils, shakers, baskets, bowls and other paraphernalia necessary to properly serve your buffet. YOU must provide large metal serving trays for the Lobster, shellfish and vegetables, as well as smaller round serving trays for melted butter, the rolls and dessert.  You will also have to provide bowls for salad, butter, etc. as well as a 40 cup coffee urn and a cream pitcher (*see note below). WE LEND YOU a Chowder Ladle, a pair of tongs to handle hot seafood and a high-speed burner with a tank of gas. These items must be returned the following day
Tables, chairs, beach chairs, etc. YOU provide any tables or chairs you might want. They are not usually needed for the 'picnic style' casual clambake and are definitely NOT RECOMMENDED for beach parties.  Beach chairs are available to rent from suppliers on Martha's Vineyard

WE provide the tables necessary for cooking and for the buffet
YOU provide either round or banquet style tables for your guests as well as banquet style buffet and cook tables for our use.  You also provide seating for your guests, and bus trays and stands for our staff to use in clearing your tables (*see note below).
FULL SERVICE clambakes are strongly NOT RECOMMENDED for the beach.
YOU provide any tables or chairs you might want. They are not usually needed for the backyard Clambake-to-Go and are definitely NOT RECOMMENDED for beach parties.  Beach chairs are available to rent from suppliers on Martha's Vineyard
Tents

NOTE:
We are required to have a clean, sanitary place to cook and serve your food. A cook tent is needed as protection from rain or strong winds if you do not have a clean, sanitary area under roof for us to use (NOT inside a house).
Tents are optional for the Casual Catered clambake BUT should be considered since weather on the Vineyard can be changeable.
A COOK TENT must be provided if the weather is rainy or very windy unless you have under-roof area available for cooking (not a kitchen!).

Tents are NOT ALLOWED on any public beach and not recommended even on private beaches (they can blow into the sea).
Unless you have an indoor venue for your Full Service clambake, you definitely should order a tent large enough to comfortably seat your guests.  It is necessary in rainy weather and appreciated as protection from the hot summer sun.

Order a cook tent whether you have an indoor or outdoor venue for your party.
NOT APPLICABLE
Staffing WE provide sufficient staff to prepare, cook and serve your buffet clambake meal.  They will also bus the shell buckets during the meal.

We DO NOT provide staff to serve tables, tend bar or serve beverages unless you request additional staff and are willing to be charged for their time.

We DO NOT provide staff to set up or take down tables, chairs, linens, etc.
WE provide sufficient staff to set up your tables and chairs, cover tables with linen and do the place settings. The additional staff we provide will also bus tables and clean up and knock down the tables and chairs after the party (provided it is over within a reasonable time).

We DO NOT provide staff to serve tables, tend bar or serve beverages unless you request additional staff and are willing to be charged for their time.
NOT APPLICABLE
Bartending We are not licensed to handle alcoholic beverages. We can recommended an excellent professional bartender at your request We are not licensed to handle alcoholic beverages. We can recommended an excellent professional bartender at your request NOT APPLICABLE
Trash Containers and haulage WE provide trash barrels and liners so that your guests may dispose of their used paper and utensils after the meal

We haul our trash away at no extra charge to you. However, if you serve beverages and have a large number of containers or other trash that is not directly related to the meal service, we strongly encourage you to contract for roll-away trash bins from one of the island's trash haulage companies. We can provide contact information upon request.
YOU arrange with one of the local trash haulage companys to rent a dumpster or rolling bins (depending on the size of your party).  It should be dropped off before the event starts and picked up the following day.

WE will provide 44-gallon lined trash containers to be placed strategically around your party for disposal of clambake trash (this does NOT include beverage bottles or cans - your bartender should arrange for those).
We provide you with a plastic trash liner to use in cleaning up your waste after your Clambake-to-Go.