|Susan 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.