Every summer my wife's family in Rhode Island has Lobsterfest. This is exactly what it sounds like. You eat lobster, and a lot of it. A month in advance her Uncle Nino sent out an email asking for people's orders so he could order the lobsters in advance just to make sure there would be enough. These people are serious about lobster.
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But all that changed in the mid 20th century as the lobster population got crushed from over-fishing and people discovered how delicious fresh lobster with melted garlic butter and a sprinkling of flat-leaf parsley can be.
In 1977 the largest live lobster on record was caught off Nova Scotia. This 44 lbs monster was over 4 feet long! A 42 lbs. giant caught in 1935 is on display at the Museum of Science in Boston. To get an idea of how freaking huge that is, take a look at this measly 17 lbs lobster:
At my wife's family's house, Lobsterfest is a more reasonable affair and normally doesn't involved monster lobsters. But it does involve t-shirts. Everyone gets lobsterfest t-shirts. Even the babies.
Then there was the steaks. If you are the sort that does not like lobster, you're covered. T-bones and ribeyes were ready.
Then there are the sides. Most sides are brought by guests. Pasta with shrimp and artichokes. Chips. Potato salad.
The main show is the lobsters themselves. This year Nino got twenty-two 1.5-2 lbs. lobsters. Mike went and picked them up from the dock that morning. Talk about fresh! These would not last long.