It's Time to Shell-ebrate Long Island Oysters
September 27, 2023 | What To Do
Attention oyster lovers! Long Island's First Annual Oyster Week kicks off on October 10th. A group of oyster fans have come together to honor Long Island's tasty bivalve! From October 10th through October 15th participating restaurants will offer oyster specials sourced from participating oyster growers.
Specials range from $1 oysters, $2 oysters and an oyster sampler to oyster appetizers and oyster entrees. Restaurants may offer one or all of these oyster specials, all of which are listed on the Long Island Oyster Week website at www.oysterweekli.com. Participating restaurants thus far include: Bayberry, Calissa, Juniper, Mirabelle, Nantuckets, Oakdale Brewhouse, Salt & Barrel, Spuntino Wine Bar, Bell & Anchor, The Snapper Inn, The Wharf Oakdale and View.
Oysters are not only delicious but extremely beneficial to the Long Island ecosystem. Did you know that one adult oyster filters up to 50 gallons of water per day? Long Island Oyster farms contribute to the removal of more than 192,000 pounds of nitrogen and more than 57,000 pounds of carbon each year. This greatly improves overall water quality free to the public. Not only are oysters benefiting the ecosystem but they are beneficial to consumers as well. Oysters are full of vitamins and micronutrients such as vitamin D, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids that are hard to find in other foods and are essential to our immune health.
Long Island Oyster Week was designed to highlight some of the world's best shellfish at some of the top restaurants on Long Island. Richard Remmer, one of Long Island Oyster Week's founders and owner of The Snapper Inn shares, "Oyster Week is an opportunity to showcase world class oysters that are grown locally. The growers will be delivering the best they have; literally boat to table. Customers will have an opportunity to enjoy, compare and learn about oysters from all around Long Island. Chefs will have an opportunity to showcase creative recipes using the freshest local oysters."
A key component of the event are the Long Island oyster growers. Chuck Westfall, president of the Long Island Oyster Growers Association, has coordinated the growers to participate allowing them to form new relationships with Long Island restaurants. "Long Island oyster growers are proud to present to you the very best oysters from our many growing regions. We have reestablished in both quality and taste an oyster that hearkens back to Long Islands rich oyster and shellfish industries. We are also proud of the significant environmental benefits that oyster farming provides to our local waters. LI Oyster Week is the very best way for oyster lovers to sample a variety of our local oysters served in a variety of delicious ways. The growers invite you to sample Long Islands freshest seafood served by Long Islands very best chefs. Oysters, good for you, good for the environment, and delicious to boot," shares Westfall.
Oyster growers on Long Island participating thus far include: Oysterponds Shellfish Co., North Fork Big Oyster Co., Founders Bay Oyster Farm, Thatch Island Oyster Farm, Eel Town Oysters, Hamptons Oyster Company, Great Gun Oyster Co., and Montauk Pearls.
Long Island Oyster Week will also support Half Shells for Habitat, is an island-wide partnership that collects waste oyster shells from restaurants for the purpose of returning them to Long Island's estuarine waters through oyster restoration and other habitat improvement projects.
"We are very excited for Long Island Oyster Week! Any event that highlights Long Island oysters is a great asset to Long Island’s marine ecosystems. More oysters eaten means more oyster shells collected that go back into our waters to restore our water quality. We are honored to be a part of the event" shares Maureen Dunn, director, Half Shells for Habitat Oyster Shell Recovery Program, Water Quality Scientist, Seatuck Environmental Association.
Salt & Barrel
Spuntino Wine Bar
Bell & Anchor
The Snapper Inn
The Wharf Oakdale
For an updated full list of participants visit oysterweekli.com/participants.