Oyster Dinner - A Huge Success

When Slow Foods, the Cambridge Brewing Company (CBC) and Island Creek Oyster got together on March 3, 2010, 60 people had an evening they won't soon forget. Overall the evening benefited the non profit, all volunteer run, Mass Oyster Project. Frequent readers of this blog are no strangers to MOP but for those visiting for the first time, MOP is doing great and important work placing water cleansing oysters in the river mouths and bays around Boston harbor to help clean the water. Learn more about MOP here.

MOP supporters at the fundraiser learned that Slow Foods Boston is an organization dedicated to:

1. sustainability and bio-diversity through educational events;
2. promoting the consumption of seasonal and local foods;
3. supporting those who produce local foods; and
4. having fun eating well.

To become a member or to learn more about the national organization of Slow Foods, click here.

So what made the night unforgettable? The food and beer pairing!

CBC Sous Chef Jonathan Gilman and Brewmaster Will Meyers worked magic to create a menu of oyster dishes paired with beer brewed right in Cambridge, MA at CBC. Here is the five course menu:

First Course
Three Island Creek Oysters on the Half Shell
- 1 with House cocktail sauce
- 1 with Enlightenment Mignonette
- 1 with Cascade Hop Hot Sauce
Beer Pairing - a generous amount of Enlightenment - biere brut

Second Course:
Three Classic
1. Oyster Rockefeller with Weekapaug Gruit, an ancient herbal beer
2. Oyster Bienville with Regatta Golden - Cologne style ale
3. Oyster Casino with Big Man Ale - Strong stock ale

Third Course:
Oyster Bisque with Maine Potato, Leeks and Fried Salsify
Beer Pairing: Generous pouring of Cambridge Amber - malty deep copper ale

Fourth Course:
Oyster and Chorizo Stuffed Cavendish Quail
with Cranberry Bean Succotash, Sweet Onion Tart , Natural Jus
Beer Pairing: Full glass of Tripel Threat - Belgian-style strong blonde ale

Fifth Course
Taza Chocolate Dipped Madeleines
Beer Pairing CaCow! Chocolate Milk Stout

The beer was plentiful and the food was top notch, local and fresh.

MOP, you're doing great work and making it easy for people to support you at your events. I can't wait to see and taste what you have next for your supporters!

(left) Laura Aowalski, MOP Maps and GIS Expert
(lower middle) Rich Bradshaw, MOP Master Diver
(top) Andrew Jay, Founder of MOP