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Kickstarter Oyster Farm in East Hampton

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!!!

 

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Evergreen Shellfish Club

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.

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Mignonette dinner in Miami 11/22

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 tess@mignonettemiami.com. $120 Includes a copy of the ($35) book.

 

ESSENTIAL OYSTER DINNER

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016

 

PASSED SNACKS

Shrimp Truffles with Old Bay aioli

Clam Casino

Blini with Siberian Baerii caviar

 ‘Champagne’ Cocktail

Raventos Brut L’Hereu, Demararra Sugar Cube, Celery Bitters

 

RAW BAR TOWER

Oysters, raw and dressed

Nantucket Bay Scallop Crudo

Shrimp Cocktail

Snow Crab Cocktail

King Crab Cocktail

Mignonette Apertif

Voirin Jumel Grower’s Chamgagne, banyuls vinegar, pink peppercorns

 

BROWN OYSTER STEW

scallion, oyster crackers

Cheverny Blanc

2015 Francis Cazin Le Petit Chambord ~ Loire

 

STRIPED BASS

purple potatoes, taylor bay scallop & 

lobster broth 

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

 Tokaji

2006 Chateau Pajzos Five Puttonyos ~ Hungary

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Drake’s Estero Controversy Continues

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.

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Help Fund this Doc on Oyster Farming

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!

 

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