Tasting Table’s Lobster Rumble Recap
Whoever is responsible for dreaming up an event where over 30 restaurants and food vendors join under one roof to serve lobster rolls, refreshing summery drinks, and tasty desserts, all in the name of benefiting No Kid Hungry in a friendly competition, I want them to be my new best friend. This event is known as the Lobster Rumble, and is hosted by Tasting Table (so basically, someone there should be my new best friend). I mean, these were the kind of creative lobster rolls the chefs came up with:
So creative and swoon-worthy, right?
I was invited to attend this year’s Lobster Rumble by Coca Cola Life, who was one of the sponsors for the event. I only drink soda occasionally, but when the craving strikes Coca Cola Life is legitimately my favorite. I first tried it last summer and was instantly a fan. It’s sweetened with a mix of stevia and cane sugar so it has less calories than your usual cola but still has good flavor.
There were nearly 30 different rolls and my husband Pete and I made sure to try every. single. one. I mean, we couldn’t not try all of them. It was our duty to decide who we would give our vote to as the best lobster roll of the night.
Top left photo: The Lobster Rumble event entrance to the land of lobster rolls Top right: Me and my husband Pete picking up a couple colas before hitting the lobster roll booths (photo courtesy Coca-Cola Life) Bottom left: Cute picnic tables all around the venue Bottom right: Lobsta, lobsta
We had three hours to try all the different lobster rolls, and the lobster clock was ticking:
The lobster rolls totally ran the gamut in terms of preparation. Some were totally classic, either hot with melted butter or dressed in a little mayo and lemon juice, while some of them had unusual twists to them, like Moroccan spices or as a Lobster Roll BLT.
My personal favorite was having a preparation somewhere in the middle. More flavors going on than just mayo or butter, but nothing too crazy. The winning lobster roll for me that fit that description is pictured below on the top left, from the Mermaid Inn.
Top left: My favorite lobster roll of the night, from Mermaid Inn. Top right: Another one of my favorite lobster rolls, served in a way I’ve never seen before. Bottom left: Another favorite. Cold lobster rolls are my preference! Middle right: The Editor’s Choice for winner of the night, from Thames Street Oyster House. Bottom right: A couple desserts from the evening, on the left is a treat from Sullivan Street Bakery and on the right is fresh saltwater taffy made by a machine whose name is apparently Rosie.
At the end of the night my vote happily went to The Mermaid Inn, who not only had a delicious lobster roll, but also never seemed to have a line. The latter detail is worth a million bucks in NYC, where lines can be a little too much a part of life! Fantastic lobster roll + no line because it’s properly stocked = my winner
Pete and I capped the night off with a little photo booth shoot, which I have to say I always love.
Corny props? The best.
Thank you to Coca Cola Life for inviting me and for providing a perfect drink pairing for a summer-themed night!
(Photo courtesy Coca-Cola Life)
Hope you enjoyed my recap of the Lobster Rumble, and here’s to great summer eats and drinks!