• Joe Rizzo. Director of the New England Lean

New Member Announcement: Harmon's Clam Cakes

The New England Lean Consortium is pleased to announce the addition of a new member, Steve Liautaud, owner of Harmon’s Clam Cakes of Kennebunkport, ME.

In 1923, Ora Higgins, wife to Ed Higgins, proprietor of the seaside Higgins Beach Inn in Scarborough, Maine, chopped up meaty, fresh-caught quahog clams, mixed them in their own juice, added bread crumbs, egg and special spices, and then fried them up in pure shortening, an ocean delicacy was born. Ora’s clam cakes quickly became famous among summer visitors from Boston, Philadelphia, and beyond.

Ed and Ora brought their special recipe up the road to the Conora Restaurant in the 1940s. Clam cakes remained a menu standby when their daughter, Constance, and son-in-law, Lawrence Harmon, took over the restaurant. Their daughter, Jean, grew up eating, cooking, and serving up Grandma Higgins’ clam cakes at her parent’s restaurant. In 1978, it was Jean Harmon who captured the fresh, hand-harvested flavor for everyone to enjoy in the first frozen Harmon’s Clam Cakes. When asked what makes Harmon’s Clam Cakes so tasty, Jean’s reply is always the same: “It’s the fresh clams!”

Today, Harmon’s Clam Cakes, one of Maine’s oldest brands, is owned and operated by Steve Liautaud, a restaurateur from the Midwest, who discovered Harmon’s Clam Cakes on his way to the beach. On a cup of coffee and a handshake, Steve took over this prized family business and proudly carries on the Harmon’s tradition.

Steve Liautaud, Owner of Harmon's

In fact, Steve is so proud of Harmon’s Clam Cakes, he entered them into the renowned Newport Chowder Contest to determine once and for all whose clam cakes are best on the East Coast. And two years in a row, Harmon’s took the honor as Best Clam Cakes.

A Lean Consortium is a group of companies and organizations that get together to help each other on their Lean Continuous Improvement journey. Facilitated by a Lean CI professional and connected by a secure online resource and sharing portal, the Consortium brings together local companies and peers to share, learn and grow with each other on their Lean journey. Member Companies share Best Practices and Resources in order to bring their Continuous Improvement Program to the next level.

The New England Lean Consortium’s current members include companies from Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

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