Provence Marinaside’s Lobster Fest Shellebrates
Whether you prefer them steamed, grilled, boiled or sautéed, everyone can agree they love the sumptuous flavour of fresh Atlantic lobster. For the entire month of July, you can indulge your crustacean passion as Provence Marinaside presents its annual Lobster Fest Menu. A collaboration between Executive Chef/Owner Jean-Francis Quaglia and Chef de Cuisine Sheldon Maloff; this special three-course dinner is a bargain at $69. Wine Director Joshua has thoughtfully selected French rosés to complement each dish. This optional wine pairing is available for an additional $31 or as a petit pour for $21.
The Lobster Fest Menu presents several variations on the theme of this luxurious shell fish. Start your evening with a choice of two tasty appetizers – Chilled Lobster Salad (avocado, corn, roasted pine nuts, micro sorrel, pine nut vinaigrette) paired with Luc Belaire Rare Rosé NV Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France or Lobster Bisque (Atlantic lobster meat, chive crème fraiche) paired with André et Mireille Tissot Crémant du Jura Rosé NV Jura, France.
The menu presents three dazzling choices for the main course. For traditionalists there is Lobster Thermidor (braised fennel, gem tomato confit, wilted greens) – the dish originally created by the legendary Auguste Escoffier back in the late 19th century. Carlson has selected Clos Cibonne ‘Cuvée Prestige Caroline’ Tibouren Rosé 2016 Côtes-de-Provence, France to complement the dish’s delicate flavors. Basque-Style Roasted Lobster is accompanied by baby bell peppers, Spanish chorizo, fingerling potatoes and dressed with espelette and cilantro oil adding a touch of spiciness to balance the richness of the lobster meat. This main is paired with Prieuré de Montézargues Tavel Rosé 2016 Southern Rhône, France. For those who prefer the sybaritic pleasure of digging into a Whole Lobster, Provence offers a choice of three preparations – grilled, steamed or Provençal-style. All come accompanied seasonal vegetables and seven grain rice. The rosé selected to pair with dish is La Grande Bauquière ‘Moment Inattendu’ Rosé 2018 Côtes-de-Provence, France.
Dessert is a simple and light Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake dressed with macerated BC blueberries and port wine Chantilly. Carlson pairs this with Château de la Roulerie Côteaux du Layon 2015 Loire, France.
For those with smaller appetites, each dish is also available (and priced) individually.
This year a special addition to Provence’s Lobster Fest is an exclusive (only 16 seats) Lobster and Bubbly Lobster Boil Dinner on July 15 in collaboration with Nova Scotia’s multi-award winning Benjamin Bridge Winery
Reservations for Provence Marinaside’s Lobster Fest are always a good idea so you won’t have to claw your way past all the other shellfishionados clamouring to take advantage of this once-a-year lobster extravaganza.