Summertime Means The Platters

Vive aquaculture! Or words to that effect. Le Petit Plateau at Can Can takes advantage of sustainable seafood farming.

I’ve always wanted to order one. Ever since that night in an upstairs dining room in Paris in 1973 (?) when my father ordered a Grande Plateau. Back then the prospect of a raw oyster didn’t sit too well with me. Once I became a fan, sitting out the “R-less” months wasn’t always easy.

This is a real treat during the dog days of summer. Raw oysters and clams, steamed mussels and a boiled lobster (or 1/2, in this case) on ice, accompanied by a chilled Champagne, rosé, or Chablis. The platter was garnished with three sauces: a tarragon aioli, a mignonette and a cocktail sauce along with fresh quarters of lemon.

Consider a seafood platter for an intimate dinner for two. It makes for a stunning presentation and a festive evening.


Now, for those of you who were misled by my title this morning….


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10 Responses to Summertime Means The Platters

  1. pve design says:

    yum. my husband and I enjoyed lobsters last saturday for lunch when we were out on the north fork. nothing says summer more than a platter of seafood.

  2. No, no, no. Adding any sauce to a raw oyster is like trying to dress up a Dalmatian dog.

  3. IGU, I added a spritz of lemon and that was it. Abrazos.

  4. Daniel J. Piedra says:

    I’d agree with this platter if it were January: it’s often said to avoid oysters during the summer months.

  5. Paula says:

    The Platters video is charming. Great music, great musicians.

  6. Mr. Piedra, I used to avoid oysters in all months that didn’t have an “r” in them. However, with sustainable aquafarming now routine, the supply isn’t in the kind of danger that once made the action necessary. I learned during my Maymont Mansion tour that Virginians once served oysters year-round!

  7. Paul says:

    WoW – that looks so good! It’s summer on a plate!!!

  8. Daniel J. Piedra says:

    Aside from making me count all the months that end in “r”, you’ve also got me interested in sustainable aquafarming — and that’s not a bad thing now, isn’t it? Cheers.

  9. CashmereLibrarian says:

    Oh, beautiful! A platter like that is only wishful thinking here on the Prairie, although we do occasionally beg our grocers to order a couple dozen for us.

  10. CL, have you seen GILT taste? Order direct online…..

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