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CulinaryArts@SPAC: The Joy of Oysters

Friday • Oct 13, 2023 • 6:00pm

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A “cook the book” styled-event featuring cocktails, culinary delights including oysters prepared a variety of ways, and conversation with food writer and author of The Joy of Oysters Nils Bernstein and WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Joe Donahue, and live oyster shucking!

Enjoy bites from the book including a Raw Oyster Bar, Oyster Po’ Boys Remoulade, Baked Oysters with Cider Cream, and Chocolate Mousse served in Oyster Shells, along with charcuterie and hors d’oeuvres. Non-oyster food options will also be available. Specialty cocktails, wine, beer, and sparkling wine by chëpìka will be served. Attendees will have the opportunity to watch and learn from Pop-up Oyster Bar Company’s Corey Burleigh and Megan Diehl, who will be performing live oyster shucking onsite.

Following the tastings, WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Joe Donahue will lead a conversation with Bernstein to discuss sustainability, how to select and serve the freshest, tastiest oysters, techniques for broiling, frying, roasting, steaming, pickling, and poaching, and the oyster’s reputation as an aphrodisiac. A book signing with the author will immediately follow the talk.

Tickets to attend The Joy of Oysters are $95 and include drinks and tastings along with admission to the conversation. Purchase here or via the “Buy Tickets” button above.

Seating is on a first come basis.

Produced by Kim Klopstock of Lily and the Rose and Pam Abrams.

Attendees can also purchase a copy of the book for the special event pricing of $25 onsite or pick up from The Savory Pantry (retail: $30), located at 486 Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

About the Author

Nils Bernstein is the food editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine and has written and developed recipes for such publications as Bon Appétit, Epicurious, GQ, New York Times, Cooking Light, and Men’s Journal. He traded an illustrious career in the music industry, running the publicity departments at independent record labels Sub Pop and Matador for a career in food, drink, and travel journalism. He is the coauthor of The Outdoor Kitchen by Eric Werner and Made in Mexico by Danny Mena. Bernstein splits his time between Mexico City, the Yucatan Peninsula, and New York City.

Live Oyster Shucking

Watch and learn as Corey Burleigh and Megan Diehl from Pop-up Oyster Bar Company shuck live oysters!


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