November 28th, 2016
Here’s a great way to eat oysters and support a great cause. Dean Tartulli & Friends are starting an oyster farm in Napeague Bay, on the east end of Long Island, and if you contribute to it, they’ll donate oysters to the Billion Oyster Project in your name, among many other tasty gifts. Learn more here. 15 days to go!!!
November 28th, 2016
What do vaginas, oysters, and climate change have in common? You’ll find out in this video about the Evergreen Shellfish Club at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. As far as I know, it’s the only college shellfish club in the country, and it’s been cranking out some very bivalve-savvy graduates for a few years now. The club has a stunning spot on famous Eld Inlet where it grows its own oysters. I got to visit the club this year, sing the geoduck fight song, and partake of a sensational foraged lunch, including some absolutely massive Pacific oysters. If you’re ever near Olympia, look them up. And if you know of any budding shellfish aquaculturalists, send them to the club. They’re easy to contact through their Facebook page.
November 21st, 2016
Over the past month I’ve been a part of a number of wonderful dinners during my book tour for The Essential Oyster, but I just got the menu for tomorrow night’s dinner at Mignonette, Miami’s spectacular new raw bar, and it’s worth sharing. If you’re in the vicinity, grab a ticket while you can by emailing email@example.com. $120 Includes a copy of the ($35) book.
ESSENTIAL OYSTER DINNER
Tuesday, November 22nd 2016
Shrimp Truffles with Old Bay aioli
Blini with Siberian Baerii caviar
Raventos Brut L’Hereu, Demararra Sugar Cube, Celery Bitters
RAW BAR TOWER
Oysters, raw and dressed
Nantucket Bay Scallop Crudo
Snow Crab Cocktail
King Crab Cocktail
Voirin Jumel Grower’s Chamgagne, banyuls vinegar, pink peppercorns
BROWN OYSTER STEW
scallion, oyster crackers
2015 Francis Cazin Le Petit Chambord ~ Loire
purple potatoes, taylor bay scallop &
FiveThirteen Red Wine Blend
2014 Donkey & Goat ~ El Dorado, CA
Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Cinsault, Counoise
HAND SQUEEZED KEY LIME PIE
vanilla tuille, berries, whipped cream
2006 Chateau Pajzos Five Puttonyos ~ Hungary
September 8th, 2016
http://www.marinij.com/opinion/20160829/marin-voice-point-reyes-estero-restoration-will-damage-environmentThe National Park Service, which famously (and controversially) booted the Drake’s Bay oyster farm from Drake’s Estero, in Point Reyes, is at it again, this time disturbing the ecosystem to remove wooden racks that have been in there for an eternity. Useless government work? You decide. Phyllis Faber and Sarah Rolph have a nice op-ed about the situation.
September 4th, 2016
25 days left to fund this amazing-looking documentary on one Australian family’s battle to grow the native Sydney Rock Oyster, a rare and revered delicacy. Kickstarter campaign is off to a great start. Lots of terrific footage available on the site. Check it out!