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OysteRater is Live!

March 12th, 2015

Proud to announce the arrival of our sister site, Oysterater. It’s designed to be the ultimate up-to-the-minute oyster encyclopedia, with listings for every oyster on the planet (eventually), including reviews and insights from the community of oyster eaters. You can join in, find your favorites, tell others about those favorites, and find new oysters by region, size, salinity, cultivation method, and other categories. Check it out; it’s pretty snazzy.

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Oyster Omakase in NYC March 18-20 & 25-27

March 7th, 2015

Here’s a rare treat: A guided tasting of some of world’s top oysters and best oyster beverages curated by the incomparable Julie Qiu of In a Half Shell fame. It’s Oyster Omakase!


POP UP DAYS: Wednesday to Friday on March 18-20th and March 25-27th, 2015.

SESSION TIMES (30 MIN): 6-6:30PM, 6:45-7:15PM, 8:00-8:30 PM, 8:45-9:15 PM

SEATS AVAILABLE: 4 seats per session = 2 bookings per session. Very exclusive ;)

LOCATION:  The “oyster bar” at Chal Chilli at 124 Lexington Ave between 28th and 29th Street.

INCLUDED PER PERSON: 6 oysters (3 East Coast varieties) + 2 curated “mystery pairings” + small gift.

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Aww Shucks 6 at Bluebird Tavern Jan 25

January 12th, 2015

“Aww Shucks is always a highlight of my year. There are few other places in the country–and none in Vermont–where you can find such an extraordinary selection of top oysters, served with skill and exuberance by true oyster fanatics. Pair that with always surprising and spot-on perfect oyster wines, and you get the kind of evening that lingers in the memory…well, until the next Aww Shucks comes around!”

– Rowan Jacobsen, James Beard Award Winning Author of A Geography of Oysters

Aww Shucks is Bluebird Tavern’s annual celebration of the oyster! This is an all-you-can-eat oyster event featuring over a dozen varieties of east and west coast oysters. If you are an Aww Shucks Alum, you know what you are in for – if it’s your first time prepare for an oyster feast!

Rowan Jacobsen, the James Beard Award winning Author of “A Geography of Oysters” returns as our special guest and oyster guide for the evening’s events.

The four raw bars will be accompanied by an array of passed oyster inspired treats crafted by Bluebird Vermont Executive Chef Michael Clauss and Bluebird Tavern Chef Eric Martelle: oyster po’boys, baked wellfleets with horseradish aioli and potato vodka, oyster cakes with smoked bacon and dark maple, jellied oyster with lemon creme fraiche and american caviar, grilled fat tire with creemed leek and oyster. The oyster inspired menu will be accompanied by ice cold glasses of Muscadet and Chablis selected by our partners at Dedalus Wine Shop, along with beer and cocktails selected by Bluebird Tavern.

Purchase your tickets today, grab a few for your friends, and prepare yourselves for a glorious night of oysters, wine and fun!

Sunday, January 25, 2015
6:00pm – 9:00pm
$99/Oyster Fanatic (Gratuity & Tax Included)
Cash Bar.

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New York Oysterlovers Meetup 10/26

October 14th, 2014

Let’s shuck some oysters, drink some Farnum Hill Extra-Dry cider, and hang out at the latest New York Oysterlovers gathering. 2:30-4:30, Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue.


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Shaw’s 26th Annual Oyster Fest, Sept 26

September 13th, 2014





WHAT: Shaw’s Oyster Fest Block Party returns to downtown Chicago on Friday, Sept. 26 from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Hosted by Chicago’s premiere oyster bar, Shaw’s Crab House, Oyster Fest brings together live music, Goose Island beers, fresh seafood including a variety of East and West Coast Oysters, Shaw’s signature crab bites, sushi rolls, fried oysters, lobster rolls, BBQ bites from Bub City, and more. More than 3,000 guests are expected to come down to Oyster Fest and slurp up nearly 15,000 oysters from the East and West Coast, signature bites from Shaw’s Crab House, Goose Island beer, and live music from singer/songwriter Brett Dennen. A high-energy Oyster Slurp Off will take place at Oyster Fest as last year’s finalists go head-to-head with this year’s contestants to see who will prevail as the slurping champion and take home the $1,000 prize.


This year, Oyster Fest kicks-off the 30th anniversary festivities of Shaw’s Crab House which will celebrate its 30th anniversary of the Oyster Bar in December 2014 and the dining room in April 2015. For the full menu and more information, visit



  • Shaw’s Crab House, Bub City, and sponsors Goose Island Beer, Martin Codax Wines, Bridlewood Wines, Grey Goose, and Bacardi
  • Live music from our headliner folk/ rock singer, song writer Brett Dennen, as well as Andrew Diehl and Odessa will rock out the Oyster Fest stage

WHERE: 560 W. Grand St. (and the Chicago River)



WHEN: Friday, September 26, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.


TICKETS: Tickets are available for pre-sale on September 3 for $20 using the code LOBSTER. Beginning Friday, September 5, general admission tickets will be available for $25. For more information, to view the full line-up and menu, or to purchase tickets, visit

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