Jun 4, 2015

FVCC Foundation Presents Claws for Celebration Clambake

Festival of Flavors Event to Raise Funds for Student Scholarships


Now in its eighth season, the Flathead Valley Community College Foundation’s Festival of Flavors will continue July 8 at 6 p.m. with Claws for Celebration, a New England-style clambake, featuring FVCC Executive Chef Howard Karp and the faculty and students of The Culinary Institute of Montana at FVCC. The outdoor event will take place in the beautiful historic Eastside Kalispell gardens at the home of Suzy Williams. Proceeds from Claws for Celebration will support FVCC student scholarships.


Karp was inspired to bring the clambake to Kalispell after spending two summers in Newport, R.I., at the exclusive Clambake Club of Newport, a private club which caters to some of America’s most elite families.


Clambake feasts were a highpoint of the Clambake Club experience, and Karp has found alternatives to using lava rock and burning holes in the ground to bring a traditional clambake experience to Kalispell.


“The clambake is an experience rich in culture, education and American tradition,” said Karp. “This will be a great event and one not to miss.”


Karp, along with the faculty and students of The Culinary Institute of Montana, will prepare and serve the feast, which will include fried salted cod cakes, clambake clam chowder, baked little neck clams in seaweed, New England lobster, corn on the cob, corn bread and honey, red jacket potatoes, link sausage, clambake clam fritter and huckleberry cobbler with homemade vanilla bean ice cream. Summer wines and local microbrews will complement the food.


Highlights of the event will include short presentations on New England and the history of the clambake, demonstrations from Karp on how to properly eat a lobster and the clambake clam chowder, crafted from a recipe over two centuries old. Live jazz from Fresh of the Vine will set the mood for a fun and festive evening.


Last year’s Festival of Flavors, in partnership with event sponsor Fun Beverage Inc., included one spring and one summer event and nine days of fall events.  The events raised $175,000, generating over 75 scholarships to help FVCC students continue or complete their education. The Festival will conclude September 25 through October 3, featuring private and restaurant dinners, and will culminate with the Grand Wine Tasting and auction at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kalispell.


Tickets for Claws for Celebration are $150 per person and must be purchased in advance. Guests under 21 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 756-3632.