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Why It’s Ostreophile and Meroir

September 27th, 2017

Every oyster lover should read this post by Nigel Moore on why the proper terms are “meroir” and “ostreophile.” Impeccable.

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Pied de Cheval

September 27th, 2017

Some of you have heard about Pied de Cheval, the massive old Flat oysters that are a highly sought (and rarely seen) holy grail of oyster quests in France. Flats are scary anyway, and Pieds de Cheval (which ain’t called horse’s hooves for nothing) are the scariest. Here’s a nice shot of a couple of them from ostreaphile (or ostreOphile, as Nigel Moore quite rightly corrects us) Todd Patterson. First swallow’s the hardest.

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Shaw’s Oyster Fest Oct 5-15

September 22nd, 2017

One of the classic oyster bonanzas of the year is getting even better this year. Shaw’s Crab House in Chicago will put on a full ten days of oyster mania. Details below.




Shaw’s Crab House Oyster Fest is headed home. This year to mark its 29th annual celebration, Shaw’s is inviting guests inside its much beloved downtown Oyster Bar for a 10-day party from October 5th through the 15th. The 10-day party includes it all, from all day happy hours to dinners with award-winning oyster purveyors from around the country, special oyster dishes, and more.



We’ve extended our happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to … ALL DAY!  Enjoy half off one east coast and one west coast oyster from open to close in the Oyster Bar!


In addition to the Oyster Fest Happy Hour specials, we will be offering surprise .50 cent oyster hours throughout the week that will be announced exclusively on social media (@shellyfromshaws) and the  Shaw’s mobile club.  


Our famous slurp-off competitions will be taking place throughout the week. First round will take place at 6 p.m. on kickoff night, October 5. Or take your shot at the slurp-offs on Monday, October 9th, Tuesday, October 10, and Wednesday, October 11 at 6 p.m. The final will take place during the Grand Finale Event on October 15 with the winner taking away the title of Slurp-Off Winner and $1,000 in Shaw’s gift certificates.


Blues music will be happening every night of Oyster Fest from 7p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Oyster Bar. View the band line-up  here.


We’ve created special dishes for Oyster Fest including Po’boys,Baked & Grilled OystersPan Roast Oysters, and our house specialtyBuffalo Oysters to celebrate the oyster throughout the Shaw’s 10-day party run!


Thursday, October 5: Tap Party with Haymarket Brewery

We’re kicking off Oyster Fest with a tap party in collaboration with Haymarket Brewery. We’re celebrating their first ever tap release outside of their Chicago-based brewery with a brand new Shaw’s beer, Lemon Rye-sing Saison, that was made to pair perfectly with fresh oysters.

Saturday, October 7, Sunday, October 8, Saturday, October 14, and Sunday, October 15: Shaw’s Oyster Fest Brunch

As we move into the weekend, make a reservation for one of the restaurant’s fabulous Saturday or Sunday brunches. Many additional oyster offerings will be on the display at the Grand Shaw’s Buffet that has redefined brunch in Chicago.

Thursday, October 12: From Coast-to-Coast Dinner

Shaw’s and guest chef Leo Waldmeier, of the iconic Drake Hotel and Cape Cod Room, are welcoming oyster growers from each of the coasts to come together for the first ever Coast-to-Coast Dinner. This interactive, four-course dinner with wine pairings will featureHama Hama, from Washington State- repping the west coast- andIsland Creek, from Massachusetts- repping the east coast- along with Chef Waldmeier’s signature Bookbinder soup. The dinner is priced at $89 per guest (exclusive of tax & gratuity) and starts at 6:30 p.m. Buy your tickets here.

Sunday, October 15: Grand Finale

And you definitely don’t miss the Grand Finale Party on Sunday, October 15 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. This special ticketed event ($70 exclusive of tax & gratuity) features an over-the-top offering of classic Oyster Festival dishes, wine and beer favorites, specialty cocktails, an Oyster Roast in the Oyster Hall of Fame Room, live music from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and of course the oyster slurp-off finale! Tickets for the finale can be purchased here

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New Trio from Island Creek

September 17th, 2017

Island Creek just started offering a Trio package of its three signature oysters: Island Creeks, Row 34s, and Aunt Dotty’s. All three are grown in Duxbury Bay from the same seed, but different microclimates and cultivation techniques result in three distinctly different oysters. It’s a master class in meroir! Full details and taste descriptions here. Move fast; they won’t last long.

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Oysters: A Love Story

August 20th, 2017

Great New York Times piece on oysters by Tejal Rao. Captures the essence of the attraction precisely.

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