The Oyster Century Club©
Welcome to the Oyster Century Club© – a tasty tasting tally. We’ll slurp our beloved bivalves and document the varieties sampled on our way to 100.
There will be prizes for milestones along the way. (Congratulations Larry Yu for winning the first one!)
To get the ball rolling, the first 10 members to join will receive autographed copies of the definitive Oyster lover’s book: A Geography of Oysters. Rowan Jacobsen’s guide includes tasting notes on over 100 types of oysters, clever descriptions of oyster lovers by type (The Shrinking Violet, The Brine Hound, The Connoisseur…), recipes and regional guides.
For OCC© members who reach 100 varieties, there will be a certificate of the accomplishment suitable for framing.
We’ll use the hashtag #oyster100 on Twitter. We’ll snap our photos and share our slurps on Facebook. We’ll give each other a heads up when favorite oyster bars feature special oysters not to be missed. Belons in town? Tweet it and let us know!
- Bookmark this page for updates.
- Buy your Oyster Century Club© Tasting Sheet (see sidebar)
- Make a date for an oyster bar near you, buy some oysters to shuck at home, or plan an oyster tasting party!
Why oysters? Why now?
I love them – you love them. I began to wonder how many I’ve tried. I wanted to share the love and to create a fun event to christen the new website.
Do I have to get the oyster bar to sign my form? Must I have it with me when I dine out?
Please be considerate of your servers and shuckers. If you can get someone’s initials without disrupting their work, by all means, do. It will be fun to see later how many you had here or there and to remember the evening. If everyone’s too busy or you forgot your form: simply snap a pic and Tweet it with the #Oyster100 hashtag, then make a note that you’ve done so.
As we mount a midden of spent shells, we might get distracted. To keep our focus, we will have special prizes/incentives for benchmarks along the way as well as special guest posts and recipes.
In order to be eligible for the prizes you must document tasting via your form.
Do I have to live in Boston to play along?
No! You can join and track your tasting adventures from where ever you live!
Can I include varieties I taste at home?
Of course! We have discovered that the seafood counter at Whole Foods – Charles River Park is a great place to find fresh oysters to enjoy at home. See what’s available at your local Whole Foods Seafood counter.
How will you know if I’ve really tasted all 100?
Well obviously, this is an honor system, but I’m sure I can count on my fellow fans of bivalves to be honest, right? Your form will be filled out for prizes and I’ll be seeing who’s tweeting with the #Oyster110 hashtag.
Is there really such a thing as merroir?
Of course! Consider the vast majority of East Coast oysters are Crassotrea virginica but how different a Wellfleet tastes as compared to a Chincoteague. Just as the Chardonnay grape has a different expression when grown in the soil of Burgundy versus California, so does the environment of the oyster contribute to its flavor. Salinity of the water, the tides, the water temperature, the microorganisms the oysters feed on and filter from the water — all these factors contribute its profile.
Do grilled or broiled oysters count?
I suppose I’d have to say yes. It would be interesting to see if the flavor of one oyster variety versus another would be apparent through the grilling/broiling flavors.
Great! I’m in – what do I do now?
Get your tasting form (Paypal button sidebar). I’ll send your very own Oyster Century Club© tasting form once payment’s been received. Tweet your membership with the #Oyster100 hashtag.
Come back to this site where I’ll also be sharing recipes, oyster lore, fun facts along the way. Share your oyster experience and if you post, let me know and I’ll link back to you and tweet your post, too.
I’m also lining up a few very special guest posts and of course, I’m tasting, tasting. (Umamis and Cotuits most recently.)
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