180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
Major Feast Lights Up Oregon Coast Town
|Some of the creations by Flying Dutchman
(Newport, Oregon) – It will indeed be some enchanted
evening in Newport on November 3 as the famous “Oyster Cloyster”
event brings an evening of elegance and culinary decadence in the seafood
world. This dazzling occasion of fine dining, wine, atmosphere and live
music takes place at the Oregon Coast Aquarium after dark, and is a benefit
for the Oregon Coast Community College Foundation.
At least a dozen chefs from the Northwest – mostly
the coast – will be on hand, challenged to create original culinary
masterpieces based on a main ingredient: oysters from the northwest. Three
judges will be on hand to analyze the results, giving out prizes in various
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The list of chefs runs from Astoria down to Newport, from
legendary eating establishments such as Gracie's Sea Hag Restaurant and
Lounge, Chinook Winds Casino Resort, The Flying Dutchman Restaurant, Local
Ocean, The Embarcadero Resort & Marina, Quimby’s Restaurant,
Rogue Ales Public House, Spirit Mountain Casino, The Pelican Pub and Brewery,
The Seafood School, The Starfish Grill AT Best Western Agate Beach Inn.
|The dishes you'll find at the Oyster Cloyster feast look like nothing
you'll find in any regular eatery
Food is served as appetizers in a smorgasbord style, although
there is nothing small about the pure enormity of edibles available. “No
one goes home without being really satisfied,” says A.T. Ronan,
OCCC Foundation Executive Director and Development Director for the college.
“There are surprises around every corner and in every gallery of
the Oregon Coast Aquarium, like amazing musicians, tempting desserts paired
with coffee, and other foods, like clam chowder. Plus, there are fine
Oregon wines and microbrews to purchase. It’s a magical evening
that is guaranteed to stir your sense of excitement and pleasure.”
Stylishness and sparkling elegance are the other key elements
here, with the aquarium taking on a distinctively different atmosphere
at night, spiced up by dreamy lighting from the displays, tables elaborately
decorated and live music playing in the background. While formal dress
isn’t required, attendees often show up in black ties and pearls,
making this THE to-do event of the year for the central Oregon coast.
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The entries will be judged by three professional culinary
experts as well as event attendees. Awards will be given for 1st place,
2nd place, 3rd place and for the grand prize winner as well as the People’s
Choice award. Entries are judged on taste as well as creativity. The awards
are individually created by glass blower Ryan Bledsoe owner of The Edge
Art Gallery. The trophies are highly coveted art pieces in themselves:
stunning blown-glass oyster shells that are lighted from underneath.
is fast becoming the most popular gala in town,” said Mike Downing,
local chef, event chair and OCCC Foundation Board member, “We have
quite a few loyal fans who come back year after year to see what new and
exciting taste temptations the chefs can create from one of Oregon’s
freshest products: oysters.”
A raffle will be held for elaborate gift baskets: $25 each
or five chances for $100. Entrants do not have to be present to win. The
grand prize is a $3,300 value package featuring a stay at the Grand Hyatt
Hotel in Seattle, tickets to the Seattle Aquarium, plus an elegant freshwater
pearl necklace. Other prizes include elegant jewelry, glass floats, bottles
of wine, Sunstone nugget necklaces, stays at various coastal hotels and
City Vacation Homes
Something for everyone: smaller homes
with a view to a large house that sleeps 15. All are either oceanfront
or just a few steps away – all with a low bank access and
fantastic views. Most are in the Nelscott area; one is close to
the casino. You’ll find a variety of goodies: fireplaces,
multiple bedrooms, dishwashers, Jacuzzis, washer/dryers, hot tubs,
cable TV, VCR, barbecues; there’s a loft in one, and another
sprawling home has two apartments. Pets allowed in some homes
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per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com.
“Because of our talented, creative chefs and
their restaurants and our many sponsors, event contributors and attendees,
the Oyster Cloyster event has netted over $170,000 over the last six years
in support of the Aquarium Science Program,” said Ronan. “Funds
raised are primarily dedicated to the OCCC Aquarium Science program, now
in its fifth year.”
Ronan said the event tends to draw about 400 people or
Live music this year includes Langlois bagpiper Donna Futrell
greeting attendees in the courtyard, local jazz artists The Driftwood
Jazz Trio in the lobby, the Equadoran and Andean sounds of local group
Chayag, the duo Clean Slate, The Patty George Trio and the hammer dulcimer
of Brent Bunker.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are now on
sale for Oyster Cloyster at $75 EACH. Ticket price at the door will be
$100. Tickets can be purchased at the following locations: Oregon Coast
Aquarium, Bank of the West branches in Yachats, Toledo, Siletz, Newport
and Lincoln City; Hatfield Marine Science Center in South Beach; Chuck's
Video in Waldport; J.C. Market in Newport; Newport Performing Arts Center;
Flying Dutchman Winery in Otter Rock; Lincoln City Visitor and Convention
Bureau, and Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce. Call the Oyster Cloyster
hotline at 541 574-7141 or 574-7131. Tickets can also be ordered through
the college’s website at www.occc.cc.or.us/oystercloyster.
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movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa,
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Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
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Ocean Lodge. There will not be another property built
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