Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Who's Got The Skills?!


With oysters so freaking popular right now, Frontier in Noble Square couldn't help but throw a big bash on National Oyster Day, on August 14.

And in addition to offering a number of specials (dozen oysters for $12; $10 oyster Po'Boys; $6 char-grilled oysters), they're hosting a contest to find out once and for all which restaurant employs the best oyster shucker in town.

Frontier's Executive Chef Brian Jupiter challenges colleagues Matt Waterman (GT Fish & Oyster), Jose Sosa (Hugo's Frog Bar), Jeremy McDevitt (Publican), Joe Roireau (RIVA Crab House) and John Gatsos (Tavern on Rush) to the throwdown. Reps from The Bedford and Owen & Engine will also compete.

The event begins at 3pm and includes three rounds of head-to-head shucking between the chefs, with winners proceeding to next round. Contestants will be given 27 oysters and must present 24 at each round with the oyster being presented on the half shell, on ice. The shucking will be judged on the following criteria: speed, appearance, well opened, without flaws, totally severed from shell, mussel intact (not torn, cut, sliced, wounded and without blood, orderly and neat appearance). The winning chef will be awarded a $500 cash prize.

Judging the contest will be Erica Bethe Levin (, Kiki Luthringshausen (Beauty and Her Feast), Matt Lynch ( and yours truly, the 312 Dining Diva.

To attend, there's a $10 suggested donation that will benefit the Greater New Orleans Foundation. The event happens 2-5pm August 14.

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