Formerly Known as Lobsterpalooza, Waterfront Seafood Grill’s Sixth Annual Lobsterfest Pays Homage to the World’s Favorite ‘Homard’
SEATTLE, Wash.—(December 22, 2010)—It’s the time of year everyone’s been salivating for—Waterfront Seafood Grill’s (www.waterfrontpier70.com) annual month-long celebration of the undisputed King of Crustaceans, the lobster kicking off January 6, 2011*.
But not just any lobster: This year, the supremely popular Maine Lobster (Homarus americanus) is featured in nine out of ten special dishes created by Executive Chef Peter Levine.
“In preparation for this event, we have the luxury of sampling lobsters from all over the world, but this year the Maine was really blowing all the other kinds right out of the water,” said Chef Levine.
Lobster-Maine-ia menu includes:
Lobster Napoleon— crisp wontons, Asian slaw, miso orange dressing ($14)
Lobster Bisque, classic style with makers mark butter ($12)
Lobster Slider— tarragon mayonnaise, celery, chunk Maine lobster ($6 each)
Maine Lobster Risotto—with asparagus and black truffle ($34)
Lobster Salad— fresh mango, fennel, mache, passion fruit vinaigrette ($16)
Steamed Live Maine Lobster— coconut jasmine rice, lemongrass red thai curry broth ($44)
Grilled Live Maine Lobster— thin spaghetti, marinara sauce, penn cove mussels ($45)
Roasted Maine Lobster Tails— water chestnuts, miso, orange, scallions ($46)
One-Pound Grilled New Zealand Lobster Tail— cognac, demi glace, green peppercorns, cream ($69)
Although the prized species can be found from the Canadian Maritime provinces to North Carolina, about half the annual catch of cold-water lobster in North America comes from Maine. Because harvesters know that protecting the resource now will help to guarantee their livelihood in the future, diners can be assured that Maine lobsters are a well-managed, sustainable marine resource.
However, crabby at being slighted, several passed-over lobster species have complained that a powerhouse ‘lob’bying effort on the part of the Maine lobsters themselves was responsible for the menu’s focus and the iconic event’s unexpected name change: Rock lobsters appealed to The B-52s for support, to no avail; a coalition of Spiny lobsters, a clawless species, lost all credibility when they threatened, ‘Oooh, I’ll give you such a pinch! ‘; and a handful of mildly outraged European lobsters shrugged, turned tail and headed to the nearest sand bar for a carafe of Chablis.
Continues Chef Levine, “This is such incredible lobster that I want it to take center stage in almost all of the dishes. Each preparation is simple and flavorful, but also lovely to look at—just as any star performer should be!”
One hundred and twelve years ago, ‘Remember the Maine!’ was a slogan that served as a rallying cry leading up to the Spanish-American War, but during January, it’s a reminder to visit Waterfront Seafood Grill and sidle up to a lobster menu so dreamy you’ll have to pinch yourself.
*Waterfront Seafood Grill will temporarily close January 1 reopening January 6 for a dining room refresh.
Open since 2000, the Waterfront Seafood Grill, located on Pier 70 in Seattle, features outstanding fresh seafood accompanied by sweeping views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. Winner of the Washington Wine Commission’s Restaurant of the Year, the restaurant is open seven days a week at 4 p.m., with dinner service starting at 5 p.m. For reservations and more information call (206) 956-9171 or visit www.waterfrontpier70.com.
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