Mike Martin of Dusty's oyster bar in Panama City, FL took the National oyster shucking contest for the second year in a row. Defeating Virginia's Clementine Macon with his adjusted shucking time of 2:15.05. On the same day in Wellfeet, Massachucettes Camden Holland won the festivals prestigious shucking event. Hollands victory can be view on this UTube video.
Mike Martin 2011 National champion
Camden Holland 2011 Wellfleet oyster shucking champ
Powderhouse Productions and the Discovery Channel are casting a new reality-competition TV series that will highlight and celebrate the great American Worker.
A nation wide competition, nice. This should be interesting.
Find out every thing you need to know to get on the show on the powderhouse casting
"One thing wrong with the younger generation is that a lot of us don't belong to it any more." J. O. Wintzell
I am sure ole Oliver would just shake his head if you were able to hold up an I phone to him and show him how you could find all 11 of his oyster bars. And with the ever changing world of smart phones it is not hard to feel that he was spot on with quotes like the one above.
Thankfully Greg Cohen has developed Oysterguru is in time with the current generation. Oysterguru is an application for the IPhone, that as described on his website.
This app really is the oyster lovers dream come true, making it easy and quick to journal the oysters that you have eaten to to get a reference to one that is on the menu that you have not tried before.
Cohen who has been working on the data for this over the last five years really got into oysters when he realized a parallel with the importance of terrior in the wine industry which Greg refers to himself as a wine geek for over twenty years. "When I discovered oysters were also all about terrior, I was hooked!" Cohen stated in a recent conversation.
Oysterguru is available on I Tunes right now for I phone only. Though Greg say's that we can look for it to be for Android soon, and also there is another food related guru app in the future as well. Get out there and eat some oysters, share your info with oystergeek.com too.
Robb Walsh, author of Sex, Death & Oysters and a founding member of Foodways Texas is leading a symposium at the end of February to discuss the merrior of Gulf Oysters. In the market gulf oysters are generally a commodity sold by weight, where as other oysters all over the nation are sold by the reef, bed, farm or the town they are grown and generally these oysters are sold by 100 ct. package while most west coast oysters are sold by the 10 dozen or 120ct. case. As a result these oysters are a bit more expensive than there gulf brothers and sisters.
Focusing on specific beds and reefs may just be the way for Texas and all Gulf oystermen to turn around the financial woes that have come along with past damage from storms and the recent oil disaster in the gulf.
Read the full article. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/main/7432217.html
In another recent article from CNN on line talks about the comeback of gulf oysters even more interesting than the post itself are the comments from the readers.
Check out the CNN story here. http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2011/02/17/oysters-stage-a-comeback-after-bp-disaster/?hpt=C1
Even though the event has many similarities from year to year, I always see something cool and new at the Low Country Oyster Festival. The gem of the show this year sat in the back of a pick up truck on my way out of the festival. It was a custom oyster table by Tina Councell of Iron Maiden Studios in Asheville,NC. These metal tables are built to suit. They contain rods for towels, spaces for condiments, slots for oyster knives, cup holders and a hole in the middle for the shells and trash. The table is easily sprayed down for cleaning. If you have a couple roasts a year this table is an essential part of your outdoor cookout area. They would also work great for shrimp and crawfish boils. You can check out a few photos in the photo gallery or lots more on Iron Maiden studio’s facebook page .
When it comes to oyster bar hopping there are few places where it is easier than the French Quarter in New Orleans. I Iberville st. alone, one block off of Bourbon you have The Famous Acme oyster bar where you can shoot for the wall of fame. Next door is Dickie Brennans Bourbon House seafood restaurant and oyster bar, and across the street one of my favorites Felix's. I like Felix's because the raw bar is right inside the door. You stand at the bar make your cocktail and the shuckers just set the oysters on the counter in front of you. A little further down Bourbon is Desire Oyster Bar in the Royal Sonesta hotel and on the corner of Royal and St. Louis is another great stop at Royal House Oyster Bar. Check out Antoine Pedeaux in the shuckers profile, from Royal House.
Photos of Louie on his grant. Check them out in the photo gallery. View as a slide show.
Spent a morning out at Choppers grant. Check out the photo's in the gallery. View as a slide show