Oysters are fascinating. As Jonathan Swift is credited with stating, “It is a bold man that first ate an oyster”. I recently had the privilege of learning a little more about these bivalves as I spent a day with Deborah Keller, also known as OysterMom, on her oyster beds in Oyster Bay near Shell Point, FL. Our mutual friend Quincie Hamby had brought us together to plan a fundraiser to benefit The Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center; a local non-profit that fights human trafficking.
Together we planned an event called “Oysters and Pearls” where we served four courses of local oysters: raw, smoked, poached, and fried… we even had chocolate oysters for dessert. While I was in charge of the food, OysterMom brought the bounty of her harvest from the sea and Quincie provided beautiful jewelry inspired by the cause. Though all of the courses were delicious, I have to be honest and admit that my favorite option was the panko fried salad we served before dessert. For a salad, once all oysters are fried, serve on a bed of lettuce topped with the Remoulade and fried capers.