Major Foodie Event for Central Oregon Coast
(Newport, Oregon) - It's an evening of fine coffees, wines, culinary fireworks, celebrity chefs, jazz, desserts, raffles and a chance to help the education of youngsters. This year’s Oyster Cloyster extravaganza features a dozen chefs serving over 7,000 oysters – all to benefit the Oregon Coast Community College Aquarium Science program and its new building scheduled to open September 2011. The decadent event happens November 6, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
A variety of entrants from around the Oregon coast will be serving up fine foods, and chefs will be competing for the title of Top Chef, and first, second and third place judged by professionals in the culinary profession.
Entries will be from Angell Job Corps Culinary Program (Yachats), Bay 839 (Newport), Chinook Winds Casino Resort (Lincoln City), Georgie’s Beachside Grill (Newport), La Maison (Newport), Local Ocean (Newport), Mist at Surf Tides (Lincoln City), Newport Café, Rogue Ale (Newport), Shilo Restaurant (Newport), Spirit Mountain Casino (Grand Ronde), Starfish Grill at the Agate Beach Best Western (Newport), and The Mill Casino (North Bend/Coos Bay).
A sampling of the names of some of the dishes includes: Oysters of Native Lands, Southern Fried Oysters on the Half Shell with Cajun Remoulade, Firecracker Oyster with Lime Chipotle, Slaw, Caramelized Shallots & Chipotle Aioli, Ginger Lemongrass Lemon Granada: a version of a "Cold" Hot Toddy Slider, Oyster on the Half Shell with Granny Smith Apple Mignonette and Dungeness Crab Ginger Gelee, Asian "Yoi-Ster Bomb" Dusted & Pan Fried Oysters skewered atop a Malaysian Oyster & Shiitake Mushroom Stew with Seaweed Kim-Chi, Smoked Oyster Sushi Roll, Baked BBQ Bacon wrapped Oyster glazed with Huckleberry Smoked BBQ Sauce, and Oregon Wild Mushroom Ragu and Smoked Oyster with Pernoid Cream Sauce in Pasta.
Rob Pounding, owner of the Blackfish Café in Lincoln City, is the coordinator of the Oyster Cloyster judges. He has chosen three well seasoned professionals chefs to judge this year’s entries: Dave Sherril, Executive Chef of Amazon.com in Seattle; Greg Taylor, Corporate Chef of Nestles Inc.; Sharon Wiest, Executive Chef of the Culinary Center in Lincoln City.
A no-host bar is also available for attendees who will receive a souvenir 10th Year Anniversary Oyster Cloyster wine glass. Wineries include Capitello Wines from Eugene, Kristin Hill Winery from Amity, and Silver Falls Vineyards from Sublimity. Rogue Ale will serve a number of popular microbrews and will have their Oyster Cloyster stout on draft just for this occasion.
Following the oyster indulgence, participants will be soothed by Starbucks coffee and many desserts. This year’s desserts will feature Lincoln City’s Captain Dan’s Pirate Pastry Shop with some of their specialties: Pirate Eye Tarts, Chocolate Marble Bars, German Chocolate Brownies, and Chocolate Cake Balls, among others. Other desserts will be provided by Side Door Café from Gleneden Beach, J.C. Thriftway from Newport, and Tables of Content Restaurant from Newport.
Back by popular demand are two well known popular jazz groups: Perpetua and Hot Club de Jour; a dance floor will be ready in the lobby of the aquarium for enthusiastic attendees. For a more delicate ear, participants will find the authentic Andean folk music of Chayag.
Participants will also receive the Oyster Cloyster traditional welcome by bagpiper, Donna Futrell-Baker.
Also a big part of the event is an opportunity for supporters of the students in the Aquarium Science Program to purchase raffle tickets for one of 10 baskets. Proceeds help fund the students internships at Aquariums and research facilities located throughout the country and abroad.
Each basket contains an original necklace and earring set made from pearls and sunstones from Plush, Oregon, plus art, wine and gift certificates for restaurants, hotels and entertainment. Tickets are $10 each or 11 for $100.00. Tickets can be purchased at Lincoln County branch offices of Bank of the West and TLC Federal Credit Union as well as OCCC campuses and online at oregoncoastcc.org. You do not have to be present to win.
Oyster Cloyster is also the major benefit for the Oregon Coast Community College Foundation and the OCCC Aquarium Science program, now in its sixth year.
“Because of our partnership with the Oregon Coast Aquarium and our other generous sponsors and loyal patrons we have raised over $250,000 for Oregon Coast Community College from this event”, said A.T. Ronan, Executive Director of the Foundation.
Ticket price are still $65 each or two for $125. The tickets increase to $75.00 at the door on the evening of the event. Call the Oyster Cloyster hotline at 541 867-7131 to order tickets or purchase tickets online through the college website at www.oregoncoastcc.org.
Tickets to the benefit event can be purchased through the college website or at the following locations: OCCC campuses in Newport or Lincoln City, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Bank of the West Lincoln County branches, TLC Federal Credit Union branches in Newport and Lincoln City, the Hatfield Marine Science Center in South Beach, Chuck's Video in Waldport; J.C. Market in Newport; Newport Performing Arts Center; Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau, and West Coast Bank branches in Lincoln County.
The aquarium is located at Ferry Slip Road, South Beach (across the bay from Newport).
TLC Federal Credit Union is the Presenting Sponsor for the Oyster Cloyster this year. Additional sponsors include Bank of the West and Dust Devil Mining Co. as Black Water Pearl sponsors. Cultured Pearl sponsors include Chinook Winds Casino Resort; Day, CPM; gLAs Architects, Pat & Mary O’Connor, West Coast Bank and Wilder, followed by BOSS Radio, Oregon Coast Catering, and Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. String of Pearls Sponsors include Animal Medical Care, Cathleen Donnellan, CPA; Jane Hodgkins & Robert Lean, Illingsworth Gifts by the Sea, Kristen Hills Winery, Oregon Coast Event Rentals, River City Travel, Rogue Ale, Ed & A.T. Ronan, Silver Falls Vineyards, Starfish Point, TLC Photography, Wayne & Gina Tapp and Todd Construction.
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