Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival: Seeing Seafood and Eating It (Photos)
Forget the South Beach Diet, we were on the seafood diet consisting of seeing seafood and eating it. This past Saturday, we joined seafood enthusiasts at Lummus Park to ring in the start of stone crab season at the Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival. The sun was shining, the juicy meat of stone crab was coming through the pre-cracked shells, the wine was flowing and several eateries served seafood by the seashore. .
Carina Ost This is more than A Fish Called Avalon, these dudes are hanging tough.
Offerings ranged from paella to chowder to crab, lobster, tuna, shrimp, octopus, oysters, mussels, squid and scallops. Some of the restaurants slinging seafood included Red, A Fish Called Avalon, City Hall, Cafe Avanti, Catch, Tarpon, Cibo, Poseidon, Park Central and CJ's Crab Shack. We indulged in all the seafood offerings and chatted with season 7 Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga and sampled his fried oyster sliders, a favorite bite of the event.
Like the groundhog, the stone crab has spoken Endless stone crabs claws were being served in the VIP tent by Le Cordon Bleu and Temaris and CJ's Crab Shack also had quite the bounty for attendees to purchase.
Carina Ost We couldn't wait to get our claws on this stone crab.
While the stone crab claws may have been a show stopper, who could forget the mighty lobster? Red The Steakhouse served filet and lobster tail, A Fish Called Avalon served a wild rice tempura lobster tail with four mustard horseradish-honey sauce and Cibo got intense with some homemade lobster raviolis.
Carina Ost Working that filet and that tail. Carina Ost Shake that tail feather, Red.
Carina Ost Lobster tempura from A Fish Called Avalon.
Carina Ost The look of lobster ravioli is in your eyes.