I recently tried my first lobster roll, and I have to say—I totally understand what all the fuss is about. Those things are freaking delicious! If you're similarly in lust, you'll be happy to know that one of Brooklyn's most popular lobster roll outfits, the Red Hook Lobster Pound, is now in the business of setting up lobster roll stations at weddings. Particularly fitting for a summer wedding, the RHLP staff brings everything they need (grill, table, red-and-white checked paper serving boats, etc.) to whip up their rolls—which feature chunks of fresh-caught-and-steamed Maine lobster mixed with homemade mayonnaise tucked inside a bun and finished with a sprinkling of paprika and scallions—on site at any venue in New York City or the surrounding areas (read: parts of Connecticut and New Jersey).
While the final price depends on the market rate of lobster the week of your wedding, here's a ballpark figure of what you can expect to pay: cocktail-sized lobster rolls and cocktail-sized shrimp rolls, plus homemade coleslaw and potato salad, is about $27 per person, plus tax and the cost of labor ($30 per hour each for two chefs, plus $20 per hour for one helper, with a minimum of six hours). There is a 75 person minimum for NYC events, and a minimum of 150 for events within 90 miles of the city. To book a party, call 646-326-7650 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. And for those hosting a wedding in the nation's capital, the Red Hook Lobster Pound's D.C.-based food trucks (@lobstertruckdc) are available for events in the D.C. area as well. —Lauren Matthews, editor, Brides New York