The Ultimate Oyster Experience–Totten Inlet visit
Oct 18, 2010
Wow. Inspired by a trip I wrote about in American Terroir, Jon Rowley and the gang at Taylor Shellfish have cooked up what may be the ultimate oyster experience. Here’s the scoop:
The Walrus and Carpenter Picnic on Taylor Oyster Beds on Totten Inlet
is where you knowingly go out on the oyster bed in the middle of the
winter in the dark and cold with lanterns, reidel wine glasses and
chilled award-winning “oyster wines” for what has to be the ultimate
oyster eating experience. To add to the drama, we go whatever the
weather. Guests can open their own oysters right off the beds or have
them opened by professional shuckers at an oyster bar we have set up
on the beach. As the tide recedes, the oyster bar gets moved. With
luck, the experience is seasoned with an icy invigorating gust of wine
from the bay. The wines are chilled, the oysters right off the bed are
the perfect temperature. There is a fire higher on the beach if anyone
needs to warm up. When guests are surfeited, Xinh Dwelley of Xinh’s
Clam & Oyster House, serves up a bowl of her legendary oyster stew
before we get back on the bus. Just the right mix of magic and madness.
So far, we have two dates set: Dec 18 and Jan 18. The Oyster Bus will
depart from Elliott’s Oyster House at 6:30 pm and return about 11:00
pm. $75 tickets can be purchased thru Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/134254
Let me know if you have any questions.
I hope to greet you at the Oyster Bus.
God, I wish I could go! Those beds are thick with Pacific, Virginica, and even Olympia oysters. I hope somebody else sends me a full report.
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