Lobster Day is a great excuse for a terrific party!
plan to pay off all your social obligations, impress your
boss, have a terrific family reunion, feast with friends (the
most popular reason), or have an intimate dinner for two.
Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions
about planning a Lobster Day
- How many lobsters per person? 1-1/2
per adult seems to work pretty well.   If you have
any left over, you can make a terrific lobster salad or
try this elegant little number: serve the cold lobster from
the shell in pieces, waved over a little butter and washed
down with your favorite bubbly!   It just doesn't get any
How much shrimp should I get? The answer is
"How much can you afford?"
Whatever you put out will be devoured but
at a minimum you should plan on a quarter pound ( about
seven shrimp) per person.
Clams? Pure guesswork; maybe half your guests will
be clam-lovers. Two serious clam lovers can eat a bag between
them. Uncooked clams can be kept in the fridge for a few
days to be steamed up or made into a fantastic chowda'.
How do I care for my lobsters until dinnertime?
Put them in the fridge; they won't crawl around as they'll
be tired from the trip and want to rest before dinner. Can
I keep in the fridge overnight? Ayuh...see Storing Seafood
and read Lobster Lore
given out on Lobster Day.
What about cooking the lobsters and clams? You'll
receive Lobster Lore - a four page handout replete
with all the details of caring for your seafood Storing Seafood
directions for cooking Cooking Tips, Recipes for chowder, and a terrific
lobster salad, our disassembly diagram Eating Lobster and much, much more
when you come with your cooler and some ice to pick up your
goodies on Lobster Day. But cooking lobsters and clams is
easy as pie. You'll just steam the lobsters for 14-15
minutes, and the clams for 5-6 minutes. (no additives in
the water). Don't have a steamer? Have a deep pot? Just
drop a rack into the bottom. One of those round fold-out
veggie steamers with little legs works just fine.
What else do I need to get? Fresh Lemons for sprinkling. Nutcrackers - find at our Bib Table or at
your local market. To
really spruce up your party and save a bundle on dry-cleaning
want some of our Bibs: maybe even an Apron
Where do I pick up my Lobsters? We have a conveniently
located Pick Up Site in Fairfax County
How do I eat a Lobster? Just follow the diagram on
Eating Lobster With lobster this fresh we serve it with fresh lemon sprinkled on top. Others insist on melted butter too. The tomalley (light green liver) which doesn't look good, is delicious and, at times, sells for more than caviar. The orange coral roe you may find in females is also delicious. If you find an inky substance on the tail, just rinse it off.
What goes well with Lobster? Here are a couple hints for dinner. No tuxes.
Keep it simple. Lobster has a delicate taste. Don't overpower
it. Down-east, here's what we'd serve: shrimp cocktail, steamer
clams, some rolls or bread and a salad. If fresh corn on the
cob isn't available, we'd serve some type of potato dish and
that's it. Beer goes great with steamed lobster. The wine pairing is traditionally Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, or Pinot Grigio. Champagne and sparkling wine are also terrific. For dessert, you've
got it - pie and ice cream.