Holiday Oyster Photos - Thanks for sharing!

We love receiving photos from our readers showcasing the oysters they eat. Feel free to send yours to us at and we'll add them to our blog from time to time. Here are some recent submissions:

The DiGiammarino Family sent in a photo from "our second annual Feast of the Seven Fishes. We enjoyed twice as many oysters this year - Island Creek, Moon Shoal and Beach Point. To round out the meal, we also enjoyed shrimp, smoked salmon, calamari, scallops, conch, and mussels. Yum."  What a great family!

Mrs. Spencer (sideways - sorry, I couldn't figure out how to turn the picture) shared with us her empty plate after enjoying oysters at  her home in Maine. (we hope the three extra oysters were consumed!) I  had the opportunity to meet her last year at the B and G Oyster Fest.  Being a seafood family, a picture of her daughter Lesley is below, posing with a lobster roll when she worked at Five Island Seafood years ago in Maine.

Finally, our very own Rachel, shucked this wonderful plate of Island Creek Oysters at a recent house party. Rachel learned to shuck oysters at a class offered at Mercato del Mare in Boston, MA.

We hope your holidays are filled with happiness and oysters. Please feel free to share your photos with us, during the holiday and throughout the year.

Old Catonsville: Oyster lovers appreciate shucker's skill Wednesday nights

(Photo by Maggie Schorr)
Frank Welsh started shucking oysters when he was 13 years old. "My father taught me and my two brothers. He taught me to shuck a 'pretty' oyster," said Welsh, who has taught his son and grandson the craft.

The 68-year-old Welsh shucks oysters and clams every Wednesday night at Chef Paolino's, 726 Frederick Road, for dozens of regulars and first timers. He also shucks at events at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie and at private parties.

He said he makes the weekly drive in from Sussex County Delaware, for his "best friend," Paul Delfico, the owner of the Catonsville restaurant. "Shucking oysters is an art," he said. "I make it look like a picture, with no shells and no holes."

The Wednesday evening raw bar features plump, cold, oysters and clams from the Tangier Sound served with cocktail sauce, lemon or hot sauce.

Regulars come from all over the metro area, including Dundalk, Pikesville and Highlandtown.

Welsh recalls one customer who so enjoyed the offerings that he ate 11 dozen oysters in one sitting.

By Maggie Schorr,
8:50 PM EST, December 18, 2011

Posted with permission.  Original story online at: 

Old Catonsville: Oyster lovers appreciate shucker's skill Wednesday nights

Happy Bivalvus!

December 10th is Bivalvus day on Cape Cod:

Happy Bivalvus to all those who celebrate!