Lovers of mollusks should save the date for Sunday, October 29, when Oyster South will put on its Landlocked Oyster Fest & Benefit. Taking place at Color Wheel Studios in Decatur, the event will showcase bivalves from farmers across the South, prepared by some top chefs from the region.
Tickets for Landlocked don’t come cheap — $104.49 for general admission; $156.24 for premier admission, which offers access one hour early — but attendees will taste dishes from a star-studded lineup. The list of participating chefs includes:
- Mashama Bailey (The Grey; Savannah)
- David Bancroft (Acre; Auburn, Alabama)
- Bill Briand (Fisher's; Orange Beach, Alabama)
- Erika Council (Southern Soufflé)
- Adam Evans (formerly of The Optimist and Brezza Cucina)
- Bryan Furman (B's Cracklin’ Barbeque)
- Andrew Isabella (BeetleCat)
- Terry Koval (Wrecking Bar Brewpub)
- Rob McDaniel (Spring House; Alexander City, Alabama)
- Elliott Moss (Buxton Hall BBQ; Asheville)
- Ryan Smith (Staplehouse)
- Julia Sullivan (Henrietta Red; Nashville)
- Brian Wolfe (Kimball House)
In addition to composed items prepared by the culinary professionals, plenty of raw oysters will be available to slurp on the half-shell, and farmers will be on hand to discuss their products. Kimball House’s Miles Macquarrie, Jayce McConnell of Edmund's Oast in Charleston, and a representative from Ticonderoga Club will be mixing up cocktails. Blackberry Farms, Creature Comforts, and Three Taverns Craft Brewery will provide the beer.
Oyster South is non-profit organization that is “dedicated to encouraging oyster farming and culture throughout the southern United States.” Landlocked begins at 4 p.m. (3 p.m. for premier attendees) and runs until 7 p.m. Tickets and more information are available online. Proceeds will benefit the University of Georgia shellfish lab and Oyster South partner farms.
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