When I found out that Foodbuzz had selected my entry to be among 24 of their featured publishers across the world to showcase my love for grubbing on the season's freshest catch, I was beyond enthralled. Aside from the fact that this post would become one of my top favorites, it was truly an opportunity for me to pay tribute to (quite possibly) my most treasured gem of the sea: oysters, baby!
With the climate just ripe for slurping and burping and the abundance of fresh, spring produce making its way to our farmer's markets, nothing is better than shucking away to our heart's delight. I'm talking about the fresh little suckers nestled on the tip of the pristine waters of Tomales Bay, just 10 miles from San Francisco and a short drive from the Point Reyes Station. Founded by a trio of marine biologists, the Hog Island Oyster Company is famous for their succulent Sweetwater oysters that taste just like it sounds.
Starting off with...
1. Farm fresh and into my mouth Pt. Reyes Sweetwater Oysters sprinkled with backyard meyer lemons and tabasco sauce
2. Korean-style BBQ with lemongrass/ginger marinated chicken wings & ribs
3. Grilled steak lettuce wraps with baby red & green bib lettuce & frisee w/a drizzle of spicy chili garlic sauce
3. Farmer's market veggie kabobs: button mushrooms, zucchini, colorful bell peppers
And Some Sweet Nibbles
4. Sweet, ripe and oh-so-darn delicious strawberries served up in wooden pint baskets
5. Meyer lemon & French vanilla bean creme brulee featuring organic Straus family cream
6. And a special surprise tres leches cake for J's Birthday...O-MA-GAWD!
All guests were instructed to secure an additional compartment for their bellies. Luckily, all of them did just that (and judging from the fact that there was next to nothing left over, I think some even bought spares).
Juicy ribs grilled to the optimal level of deliciousness. Plus, I was so infatuated with my friend, Jen's, dress pattern that I decided she should place a plate of ribs on her lap, a golden mango in her palm and Okui Farms strawberries in the cup of her hand. Jen was more than delighted to grant my wishes as long I gave her oyster slurping breaks in between takes of my food styling. I happily obliged and limited her breaks to 5 minutes. Hey, who says I don't treat my models well?
And doesn't J.J. look lovely with her adorable hat and golden ranuncula tucked in her hair? And the way the light bounces off her soft tendrils? I thought so :)
So, it just occurred to me that many of the my fabulous bash-goers have names starting with the letter "J." Thanks guys (and gals) for sharing in an amazing experience of oysters, sunshine, BBQ and great laughter. So, until next time, slurp on!
In the words of J.J: 'Positivity of the Day:
Celebrating with awesome friends & family AND being dazzled by all the compliments of passersby and neighboring oyster eaters who consistently commented on our food styling and decor for our bash.
And of course, many heartfelt thanks to my hubby who lugged my butt all the way to/from Point Reyes while playing the part of grill master for the bash and my sis for being my sous chef/creative guru for the event. Couldn't have pulled all this off w/o you guys. And lastly, THANK YOU FOODBUZZ for allowing me the opportunity to pour my heart into what I love most!!!