Saturday, July 9, 2011

Oceanbléu's Lobster Bake

On Saturday night, the otherwise private Westhampton Bath & Tennis Hotel and Marina opened its doors to the public for the first of many beachfront lobster bakes (the remainder will take place Saturdays 6-10 p.m. during July and August). Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs transformed the exclusive club's elegant ballroom, Oceanbléu, into a social gathering for lobster lovers, complete with live music (the 7-piece band seamlessly performed everything from Boombastic to Mustang Sally) and stunning views of the Atlantic.

With the $45.95 price tag came an unlimited seaside buffet and dessert table, plus full dinner service including a 1 1/2 pound steamed lobster or grilled chicken, corn on the cob and roasted potatoes. The seaside buffet included assorted fresh breads, mussels and steamers, balsamic grilled vegetables, roasted beets with haricot verts, and salads like caprese, mixed greens or spinach with a number of add-ins, asparagus, hearts of palm and cucumber, shrimp, and pasta. Options at the dessert table included apple cobbler and berry pies, a strawberry sheet cake adorned with a pink lobster, seasonal fruit, house-baked cookies, chocolate cake, and brownies.

If the diners' response to the first lobster bake is any indication of the ones to follow, Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs is likely to have a very successful summer at the Westhampton Bath & Tennis Hotel and Marina.

The view from the beach looking inside
An overview of the seaside buffet
The band kicked the party into gear with songs everyone could dance to
Steamers with clarified butter
Mussels with bread for sopping up the juices
A bucket of lobster crackers and bibs were the centerpiece of each table
Andy, getting ready to feast on his lobster dinner
Sarah, who has a deadly shellfish allergy, and Bryan, poised with a life-saving EpiPen
Sarah's grilled chicken, topped with a mango salsa and served with corn on the cob and roasted potatoes
The main event- steamed lobster
My lobster aftermath
The dessert table's many options
Strawberry cake with a lobster even Sarah can cut into
Looking out from the dining room- this deer grazed nearby until it became dark and it was time for all of us to go

1 comment:

  1. Looks like lots of fun....Andy let me know if you need help tying your bib next time!