Lowcountry Oyster Roast
In the South Carolina Lowcountry where I lived most of my adult years, an Oyster Roast is simply a way of life. Indeed, of the thousands of meals I have eaten over many decades, no meals have been as pleasurable or memorable or left me as happily contented as those that occurred in the outdoors, shucking and slurping briny mollusks from their shells.
On Sunday, September 13, Old Edwards Club will host their second annual Oyster Fest & Dinner. It’s the oyster roast of my dreams, both an ode to the oyster, and a feast of shellfish. Executive Chef Chris Huerta promises to play astonishing tricks with the sweet and salty flavors of Chesapeake Bay oysters from White Stone Oyster Company, while his team will present a dazzling display of pristinely raw shellfish.
Charleston’s The Darling Oyster Bar, which true to its name has become the darling of the city, will offer compelling small bites, as will Atlanta’s The Watchman – whose kitchen, as noted by The Atlanta Journal, “excels at putting out appetizers that evoke the comforts of Gulf Coast jaunts of days gone by.”
The Bulls Bay team of Charleston will roast and steam oysters in their shell until they acquire perfect tenderness, a hint of wood smoke and rendered so succulent they will dispel any notions of how many oysters you can consume. From the nationally-recognized Decatur, Georgia, Restaurant, Kimball House, there’s grilled oysters from Chef Bryan Rackley, and artisanal, artful cocktails by Miles Macquarries – whose thoughtful drinkmanship made the restaurant a 2018 James Beard finalist for Outstanding Bar Program.
Asheville’s Wicked Weed Brewery, known for their West Coast style hoppy beers, will pour your favorite brew and the legendary Coppola Family of wines your varietal of choice.
And for those among you who are not a fan of the bivalve, there will be an array of festival stations to include crispy catfish, soup shooters, a charcuterie display, farm fresh sides and more.
All this and then some to the tunes of live music!
Call (828) 787-2635 or (828) 787-2916 to reserve your seats, or visit OldEdwardsHospitality.com/OysterFest for more information.