Its simple, I just really like oysters! I grew up in Michigan and needless to say, there wasn’t a lot of oyster action going on up there, lol. When I moved here 12 years ago, I only knew 2 people in the entire town. I found myself, surrounded by a southern culture that I knew nothing about and it was all new and (honestly, a little scary for this doey-eyed, early twenties, mid western girl). Well, that didn’t last long, I had three choices, 1) move back home, 2) remain here and continue to feel lost and out of the loop, or 3) embrace it. Well, I contemplated choice #1 for about a month, I decided choice #2 wasn’t really an option for me and so #3 it was!!! I remember when I attended my first oyster roast and felt so lost and clueless (I almost killed myself with the shucking knife-true story). I didn’t really understand how to eat them, so my mouth was on fire for about an hour from the horseradish sauce (which was homemade and so it had an extra kick-lucky me, haha). But, I LOVED IT! I LOVED the whole damn experience, I loved the camaraderie around the oyster table, the passing of paper towels, the heat from the freshly dumped oysters, so hot you had to use a towel to hold them and shuck them, so you didn’t burn your hand off. I loved the saltiness, the mess, I enjoyed it all. I really have a great time being outdoors, anytime of year, but there is something extra special about being out in the cool autumn evening, wearing boots and blue jeans and a warm lined vest standing around an oyster table (maybe with people you know or maybe you don’t…but its a happy mood in the air, to all be there together), slurping em up, one right after another! I knew right after that first oyster roast, that I was going to make this place my home. That oyster roast, probably determined my fate for the following decade, because I’ve remained in the lowcountry and enjoyed it every step along the way.
Fast forward 12 years, how am I doing? LOVING MY LOWCOUNTRY LIFE! And I’ve picked up a thing or two about handling a shucking knife, lol. And, I’ve advanced from only having eaten oysters at an oyster roast to loving them on the half shell. So when I decided to start this little food blog of mine I knew I wanted to do features on things I really liked and enjoyed and share that with my readers. More than just pics at a restaurant (which I do enjoy doing as well), but I also wanted the behind the scenes, get your hands in the mix of it all-stuff, really get in there and learn about it, that kind of stuff. About a month and a half ago I started getting excited that oyster season was right around the corner (its like a cheerful homecoming) and I thought it would be fun do a little segment on the blog and my Instagram: anything and everything oysters! I thought it might be a few days at most. Well, the more people, restaurants, artisans, jewelers I talked to, the more it grew and grew and grew until it evolved into being an entire month devoted to them. So, here it is, the next 30 days is completely devoted to oysters so check out the Instagram and blog for the following:
- where to eat them (what restaurants are offering what dishes)
- where to buy them (who supplies them and where do you go)
- artisans/jewelers/stores (who makes, sells, stocks anything oyster themed)
- who are our local oyster people
- a series of blog articles explaining the nature and process of oysters
- (newest edition to the series in wake of the recent floods: explaining the current situation about the oyster banks being closed for harvest and how water contamination affects our wildlife and community)
We have over 50 participating restaurants/chefs/stores/artisans/jewelers/knowledgable oyster people all participating in this amazing 30 day feature and I AM SO EXCITED TO SHARE IT ALL, WITH YOU! I hope that it is helpful in understanding and learning about one of our lowcountry staples. It has been a lot of fun putting this together and I really appreciate everyone that has gotten involved and been part of this series. Stay tuned there’s about 8 blog articles coming and 30 days of Instagram feed!!! OH, YEAH!