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The Royal Oysterbaums

September 5th, 2018

Every Wes Anderson fan (and oyster fan) needs to see The Royal Oysterbaums, Island Creek’s tribute to…um, lots of things. Said fans can also get the Royal treatment by joining the Oyster of the Month Club. Can the Life Aquatic Sampler be far behind???

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Ultimate Oyster Shucking Apron

August 16th, 2018

Genius. You know you want this. You might even need it.

Island Creek Oysters X Tilit Shucking Apron

Heidi Geldhauser courtesy Tilit

Island Creek and Tilit teamed up to create the apron every oyster shucker needs.

ALISON SPIEGEL

August 13, 2018

So you’ve done your homework and studied up on all the oyster varieties you need to know about, from Bluepoint to KumamotoYou’ve successfully mastered the art of shucking oysters at home—or finding the best spots for dollar oyster deals—and the art of pairing said oysters with the right wine. What you need now is not an oyster knife—because clearly you already have one—but this new oyster shucker’s apron, made by experts, for experts (like you!).

Chef and Rhode Island native Sean Telo, most recently of 21 Greenpoint in Brooklyn, just teamed up with apparel company Tilit, which makes custom aprons and uniforms for chefs and restaurant workers.

Oyster shuckers

Melissa-DiPalma

The result is an apron that’s perfectly (ahem) suited, down to the tiniest detail, for the art of oyster shucking. The material is a waxed cotton that repels water to keep you dry, and the green color is supposed to match the waders that oyster farmers wear out on the water.

“We obviously wanted to give a nod to the folks that really make this all happen—the farmers,” Telo says.

There’s also a large pocket for stashing a towel or gloves.

“My favorite part,” the chef continues, “is a pocket lined with kevlar or ‘super fabric’ to avoid the awkwardness of an oyster knife shooting out the bottom and sticking in your shoe.” (We’ll shuck to that!)

Island Creek Oysters X Tilit Shucking Apron

Melissa DiPalma courtesy Tilit

It was chef Steven Satterfield of Atlanta’s Miller Union who connected Telo with Tilit. Satterfield had previously collaborated with the apparel company on a bib apron and “couldn’t stop raving about them,” Telo says. So the chef, who now works with Island Creek, brought them his idea.

“I’ve never seen an oyster shucking apron before, at least not one that was designed to look and feel comfortable while also being functional. So many aprons out there aren’t geared towards the riggers of shucking a thousand oysters a night, until now,” he says. “I’m really happy with how it turned out.”

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Island Creek Farm Share

May 25th, 2018

Scallops, lobsters, and oysters, oh my! (Plus razor clams and caviar.) Island Creek’s Summer Farm Share is back. Starts June 15! Deets below.

2018 FARM SHARE


Summers in New England are synonymous with warm days, lobster bakes, and of course, oysters. We are lucky to have an abundance of New England shellfish at our fingertips during the summer and fall season, which is why once a month, we want to bring some of the best shellfish from New England to your home kitchen.

During your three month Farm Share, you’ll get an assortment of scallops, lobsters, mussels, razor clams, littlenecks, and oysters.* Please see below for an outline of products and quantities.  We’ll tell you where the shellfish comes from, how to work with it, and introduce you to the grower or harvester behind the product.

Fast, free overnight shipping is included nationwide, so you can have a New England meal for four anywhere in the country. The ICO Farm Share will be offered during 2 timeframes this summer – from June through August and August through October.

2018 Share Dates:

Summer Season

Friday June 15th – 1 doz ICO, 3 lb razor clams, 2 dozen littlenecks

Friday July 20th – 1 doz ICO, 1.5 pounds shucked sea scallops, 4 live in-shell sea scallops

Friday August 24th – 4 lobsters, 2 pounds mussels, 1 dozen ICO

Fall Season

Friday August 17th – 1 doz ICO, 3 lb razor clams, 2 dozen littlenecks

Friday Sept 21st – 1 doz ICO, 1.5 pounds sea scallops, 4 live in-shell sea scallops

Friday Oct 19th – 4 lobsters, 2 pounds mussels, 1 dozen ICO

Oh, and caviar! Oysters are delicious, but eating oysters with a dollop of caviar on top is better! We are offering a 30g tin add-on at a steep discount to you guys only. Each of your three Farm Share shipments will have one. Questions about caviar? Email [email protected]

*Please note. While we are hoping to get our hands on all of these products for you, the shellfish harvesting process can be impacted by weather, tides, and other unforeseen circumstances! We will do our very best to bring you the above products on the date specified, but we do have the right to sub in other products if we are not able to get our hands on the above shellfish or change products within your shipping dates!

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Norumbegas & Aunt Dotties direct to your house!

May 19th, 2018

Hey everyone. Just a heads-up that Island Creek is now offering two of my favorite oysters via direct shipping: Aunt Dotties (petite Island Creeks grown high in the intertidal zone near Skip’s family cottage) and Norumbegas (robust, meaty, hard-shelled beauties from Maine’s Damariscotta River). This is a pretty exciting development. They’re def available thru Memorial Day. Maybe longer…will keep you posted. Meanwhile, check ’em out.

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Hama Hama Oyster Rama

April 4th, 2018

Best oyster party of the year is the VIP oyster bacchanal at Hama Hama on April 21 with a veritable smorgasbord of oyster & wine experts and very few rules or limits. You truly don’t find events like this elsewhere–and probably shouldn’t. Not to be missed. Tickets just went on sale and always go wicked fast.

More details:

Learn to shuck, sample oyster varieties from around the country, and experiment with beverage pairings from the traditional to the mind bending. This class is on Rama Day (4/21) from 11 to 12:30. Throughout your oyster journey, you’ll be guided by some of the brightest minds in the shellfish and wine worlds, including:

Rowan Jacobsen, James Beard winning author, who should need no introduction for longtime Rama enthusiasts. Rowan is an incredible storyteller and writer (if you haven’t yet read The Living Shore, prepare to have your world changed). Every time we hang out with Rowan we learn something new about food, the world, and life in general. We’re so excited that he’s able to return to the Rama this year.
Julie Qiu, professional oyster ambassador. Julie shares oyster stories on her award-winning blog In a Half Shell, organizes oyster events for New Yorkers, teaches classes online and off, co-authored the 33 Oysters Tasting Journal and New York Oyster Map. Since 2009, she’s followed her passion for oysters to farms and festivals around the globe. Attending the Rama is on her bucket list, and we can’t wait to show her what it’s all about!  
Will Piper, New York-based wine educator and sommelier. For 15 years, Will has worked in NYC restaurants across the wine spectrum, including Boqueria, Terroir, and The Four Horsemen. His private clients include Google, Palantir and Vice, and he often pours wine on The Untitled Action Bronson Show.
Nick Dumergue, a New Zealander who has spent almost 30 years traveling the world of wine. He’s made wine in 9 countries and has been a wine buyer at Harrods in London, on Super Yachts in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, and for importers in Hong Kong and Bali. He teaches wine Diploma students in various countries and is the co-instructor at Extreme Wine in Provence. Now based in Southern California, Nick can be found slurping oysters and sipping wines at Blue Plate Oysterette in Santa Monica.

We don’t know *exactly* what’s going to happen in this class, but we do know it’ll be epic. This is a hands-on shucking experience, so prepare to roll up your sleeves.

This class begins an hour before the actual Rama does (main party is Noon – 6), so we’ll be in touch after you buy your tickets to let you know where to meet.

Included in ticket price:

  • 1 Entrance to the Oyster Rama
  • 4 tokens
  • $20 in raffle tickets
  • Rama keepsakes
  • Handy Hama Hama tote to carry all of this around

 

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