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New Film About Pacific Oyster Industry

April 6th, 2017

Here’s a gorgeous new film about the Yamashita family, towering figures in the Pacific oyster industry. They helped bring the Japanese (aka Pacific) oyster to the Northwest after the Olympia faded. Check out the site for a list of screenings or to order the film on Blueray.

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NC Oyster Dinner 2017

March 27th, 2017

Just back from a week in North Carolina, which is gunning for Virginia as the leader of East Coast oysters, and from what I’ve seen, might just make it. Exhibit A: Coastal Provisions, in Southern Shores, where Daniel Lewis has been pushing the oyster thing as hard as anybody in the country the past few years. Here’s his latest masterpiece: 7 courses of bivalve bliss. The rundown:

 

 

Oysters of NC and the world: Clockwise from the lemon: Chadwick Creek (Bay River, NC); Devil Shoal (Ocracoke, NC); Cedar Island Select (Cedar Island, NC); Tangier Island (Tangier Island, VA); Pink Ribbon (Long Island Sound, CT); Kumamoto (Chapman Cove, WA); Belon (ME).

 

 

Crudo: Ponzu pickled Kumamoto with ahi nigiri; Hogwashed Tangier Island; Kim Chi Chadwick Creek with gingered asparagus, cucumber, uni, and seaweed.

 

 

Fried: Potato-crusted devil-shoal oyster with horseradish whipped cream.

 

 

 

 

Stewed: Three ways: Potato leek; oyster plant (vegan, in fact); Celery of all sorts

 

 

 

 

Baked: Pamlico Sound oysters with three butters: Uni & sansho pepper; black garlic; New Orleans BBQ

 

 

 

 

 

Pot Pie: Pamlico Sound oysters, sweetbreads, mushrooms, pork belly, brown butter, kataifi crust

 

 

Steak & Frites: Prime NY strip with housemade oyster sauce, and fingerling fries with oyster remoulade.

 

All in all, the clearest sign yet that NC oysters (and oyster culture) have arrived. Bravo! (And huge thanks to Samantha Buyskes for the photos and the food!)

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VORF–a word every oysterhead should know

March 15th, 2017

Hey oysterheads, have you had an overpowering sense of vorf lately? If so, tell us about it. If you’re not familiar with the French word “vorf,” here’s an explanation from Clickhole:

1. Vorf (noun, French): The inescapable feeling that somewhere at the bottom of the ocean there is an oyster that knows your address.

Example Sentence: Right in the middle of my son’s piano recital, I was gripped by an overpowering sense of vorf, and I smiled because I liked knowing that an oyster knew where I lived.

This mostly happens with Belons, in my experience.

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Where to Eat Oysters in Vancouver?

February 21st, 2017

A longtime Oysterguide reader and Oysterater participant is headed to Vancouver this weekend for an oyster odyssey and wants to know where he should go. I haven’t been in years. Any suggestions?

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Free Workshop & Business Competition for Southeast Shellfish Folks

January 29th, 2017

Here’s a great free opportunity for Southeast shellfish businesses–start-up or established–to learn how to pitch their ventures and to meet potential investors:

 

Applications for South Atlantic and Gulf Coast Shellfish Workshop due Feb. 13, 2017.

 

This FREE workshop is open to start-ups and established businesses in the Southeast region of the US involved in any aspect of the shellfish industry as well as transparency and traceability ventures and supply chain innovators. Participants will learn how to communicate effectively about their businesses, practice pitching to investors and buyers, and prepare for the Fish 2.0 2017 business competition.

 

Fish 2.0 gives MBCOI, UNCW, the South Atlantic and Gulf Coast Shellfish Track Sponsors,  and participants a global platform to strengthen relationships among existing seafood industry stakeholders, raise the region’s profile as a center of innovation in aquaculture and the marine sciences, and attract new financial and intellectual capital and economic growth to the region. More than 60% of the finalists in the Fish 2.0 2015 competition gained investments, new partners or new customers from connections made during this event. Information on how to apply to Fish 2.0 2017 at no cost can be found here.

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