Joy of Cooking: The LakeHouse in Bay Shore Offers Culinary Demonstrations

Mustard Crusted Scottish Salmon with French Lentils, Celery Root Puree and Pinot Noir Butter as prepared by Chef Maxduring a live cooking demonstration at The LakeHouse on Jan. 14 , 2019. (Photo courtesy of Andreanna Seymore/ The LakeHouse)

By Lorna Luniewski ~ The LakeHouse, a Bay Shore staple known forits wonderful food and impeccable service, has added something new to its menu,cooking demonstrations with Chef Max. The first event was held on Jan. 14, at 7p.m., and I was lucky enough to attend along with 16 other guests.

An intimatedining area was set up with two tables, some of the food items needed to createour dish, the complete recipe on a printed sheet, and Prosecco chilling in icebuckets. On the menu was Mustard Crusted Scottish Salmon with French Lentils,Celery Root Puree and Pinot Noir Butter. Sounds ambitious, right? Well I canonly speak for myself, a competent cook at best, but Chef Max explained eachstep and answered each question thoroughly.

After beingshown the beautiful cuts of farm raised, organic salmon, Max explained how tocut it (down the center first, then across to the desired size), and we werethen each given our portion to prepare. After donning gloves, we added Koshersalt and freshly ground white pepper, Dijon mustard on the presentation side(the one without the bloodline), and ground breadcrumbs. The plates were thentaken to the kitchen where the salmon weprepared was cooked for our dinner after the demo.

Max then movedon to the side dishes, which he prepared in front of us. On the table we couldsee and touch the celery root, lentils and leeks. While he explained how tocook each side, hors d’oeuvres were served, Tuna Tartare and Mushroom Risotto,and the Prosecco flowed freely. Samples of each side dish were passed aroundfor us to taste, each more delectable than the last. Who knew that celery root(the actual part that grows underground) could taste so good?

Following the demonstration, everyone moved to the dining room for the three-course dinner, paired with a Sauvignon Blanc. First came the Organic Farm Green Salad (Honeycrisp Apple, Toasted Hazelnut, Walnut-Goat Cheese Crouton), then the salmon dish we had a hand in preparing, followed by dessert (a mini brownie and mini cheesecake) and coffee. And while this is not a review of the food, it must be said that everything was superb.

There were couplesand friends in attendance, including the three lovely ladies I sat with whowere there to do something different. Kits fromthe demonstration are available for purchase ($20) with some of the items needed toprepare this dish at home, and as previously mentioned, a copy of the completerecipe is yours to keep.

The talented Chef Max Manthos was both informative and entertaining.

The event was very informative (when a recipe calls for butter, unsalted is implied as chefs like to salt their food themselves; burgundy is the preferred cooking wine here) and Chef Max also served up some humor during the presentation. Some fun facts gleaned from The LakeHouse Facebook page include that Max Manthos is a Star Wars enthusiast, is a local boy who graduated from Bay Shore Shore High School, but has spent many years living in Hawaii. Weekly cooking tips from Chef Max can be found on Instagram by following The LakeHouse IGTV feed. The cost of the event is $125 per guest, plus tax and gratuity, and includes the class, dinner, glass of sparkling wine, glass of paired still wine, recipe, note cards and pen. The next live demonstration is scheduled to take place on Monday, February 18, 2019. Braised short ribs will be the entrée. For information, call 631-666-0995 or visit