Tequila, Tacos, Lobsters and Libations at the Love Shack

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We wish the summer was endless but alas, only two weeks are left.

Howard Lutnick, his wife Allison Lutnick and sister Edie Lutnick of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund are getting the penultimate weekend off to a good start on Friday afternoon by hosting their summer benefit at the “Love Shack” on the beach in Sagaponack. They do it big in Sagaponack, so this is not your average beach barbecue. No frozen hamburger patties or hot dogs here. And no kiddies. Tequila, tacos, lobsters and libations are on this grown-up menu, or should we say, foodies’ paradise.

LAVO New York is cooking up their famous one-pound meatballs made with Kobe beef, veal and Italian pork sausage in marinara sauce and topped with sheep’s milk ricotta. Their sister restaurant, TAO is donating one and a half pound lobsters, which Chef John Deloach will split and grill.

Grilled corn on the cob, courtesy of Lisa and Bill’s Farm Stand on Main Street in Wainscott, potato salad and Hank’s watermelon are some of the sides.

East Hampton’s Peter Ambrose is setting up his Endless Summer Pop-up Taco Shop (and if you see his stolen taco shop sign, please steal it back). Ambrose will serve his nori brined applewood barbecue chicken with pickled onions and avocado creme and Chef Peter style pork carnitas with apple habanero chutney, Carolina slaw and lime creme, and if that wasn’t enough, mini vegetarian kimchee tacos with avocado. Another great chef, David Burke, is preparing beet and mascarpone summer salad and his famous cheesecake lollipops for dessert.

Don Julio will mix drinks with fresh juices from the Juice Press in Bridgehampton, including a yummy jalapeño watermelon margarita and a bloody maria with Lucky Seven; carrot, pineapple, pear, orange, ginger, beet, lemon and David Burke’s Bloody Mary Mix.

Coca Cola of Smithtown is taking care of the non-alcoholic beverage necessities such as water and Coke; Carlyle Catering, with five venues on Long Island, is donating an assortment of turkey, roast beef and tuna wraps for those who like to keep things simple, as well as the lounge chairs for chillaxing.

When all is said and done, Crio Brü will be there to help ease you into the good night. It’s raw, organic cocoa that has been roasted, ground and brewed just like coffee with all the goodness of dark chocolate and only 10 calories. Where do I sign up?

The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund’s Summer Benefit will be held on Friday, August 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Lutnick’s Love Shack just west of Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack. All proceeds will go directly to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, which has raised $100 million for 200 charities. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased at www.cantorrelief.org or by calling 212-829-4770. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $200. Must be 21 to attend.

It may be the end of summer, but what a great way to head out.