40,000 oysters. 30 chefs. 3 bands. 1 day.
Island Creek Oysters are ubiquitous. Not only are they served at the famed Island Creek Oyster Bar in Kenmore Square, but also in hundreds of other places across the country, from The French Laundry to The White House.
Reserve was lucky enough to sponsor this year’s festival — the first time it was ever hosted in the city of Boston rather than Island Creek’s hometown of Duxbury, MA.
Alongside guest chefs Jeremy Sewall (Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34), Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow), Greg Reeves (Viale), Michael Serpa (Select Oyster Bar), Jody Adams (Trade), Keenan Langois (The Sinclair), Louis DiBiccari (Tavern Road), Tim Cushman (o ya), Will Gilson (Puritan & Company), Eric Brennan (Post 390), Michele Carter (Barbara Lynch Gruppo), Matt Drummond (Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar) and more, we set up a tent, and spent the day sharing complimentary oysters with Reserve diners.
Beyond delicious food, great drinks and the best company (we love oyster lovers), we were proud to know that 100% of all proceeds from the festival would go to charity.
The Island Creek Oyster Foundation aims to mitigate the problem of global hunger and malnourishment through aquaculture. How? Through the promotion of fin and shellfish farming to fill in the gaps where grain just isn’t cutting it. Just a few years old, the organization has already made a significant impact on communities in Haiti and Zanzibar. Read more here.
We were proud to be a part of Island Creek’s inaugural Boston festival, and to help support the lofty goals of the foundation. A big thanks to Chris Sherman, Skip Bennett, Shore Gregory and the rest of the Island Creek team for having us!
Maddie Bergier, Reserve Boston