Grilling is great. But standing by an open fire in the beating sun, off in a corner away from guests and yard games is not. After shopping, planning, decorating and cooking, summer parties can be over before you know they’ve even begun. Why miss all the fun? Getting quality ingredients delivered straight to your door is easier than you think. This year, take the fuss out of your summer BBQ with the help of a few professionals.
The secret to a great barbecue is quality ingredients, a sunny day and great friends. Although you can’t control the weather, you can control what kind of food you put on your table. Trust the experts at New York Prime Beef and The Lobster Place to handle the shopping for you – with quality goods like Wagyu beef, Kobe beef, live lobsters and soft shell crabs, these high-end purveyors deliver straight to your door overnight. Even if you’re throwing a last minute bash, you can still have the menu of a perfectly planned party.
Procrastinators: have no fear, New York Prime Beef has you covered. This luxury steak subscription service offers top grade dry-aged beef straight from the best ranches of the Mid-West and the Pacific Northwest, based out of the Bronx and delivered all over the US. New York Prime Beef source, age and expertly cut each steak and dry-age all their meat for at least 28 days or custom age to order. Each steak is hand selected by the butcher, trimmed, packed and shipped out fresh, never frozen overnight to anywhere in the US. For an easy and impressive BBQ, sear the Wagyu Beef over a hot grill and serve with a glass of bold cabernet sauvignon, like Macari 2013 Cabernet Franc Reserve.
As the largest retail seafood market on the east coast, The Lobster Place knows good seafood. The marketplace (located in Manhattan’s Chelsea Market) offers up a daily array of finfish, shellfish, lobsters, shrimp, smoked fish and other specialty seafood products. Don’t live in the city? No problem. The Lobster Place also offers nationwide delivery overnight.
For a last minute BBQ, the live lobster kit for two comes with fresh live lobsters, lemons, bibs, crackers and plenty of clarified butter for basting. For best results, take The Lobster Place Executive Chef Dave Seigal’s advice and split grill the lobsters over a smoking hot grill, basting consistently with tarragon butter. Serve with corn, fresh rolls, coleslaw and a cold beer.
A lover of food, wine and travel, Laura is a freelance writer from NYC eating and drinking her way through the world. A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, Laura is a trained chef with a degree in culinary arts and a WSET II award in wine & spirits.