Monday, October 27, 2014

The Big Oyster Bash was a Mother Shucker

Chefs for Farmers hosted the first annual Big Oyster Bash this past Sunday afternoon inside the newly renovated Shed One at Dallas Farmers Market. The event featured dishes from some of Dallas top chefs: Matt McCallister, Jon Alexis, John Tesar, Jon Stevens, Kyle McClelland, Stephen Rogers, Houston's Randy Rucker and others using both raw and cooked oysters from Texas and both coasts shucked on site.

Cynthia Smoot with Chef John Tesar

Attendees enjoyed cocktails, wine, an oyster slurp-off, a tarot card reader, and shed-shaking tunes from DJ Souljah. Chef John Tesar won the People's Choice Award for his truffle infused oyster stew and Chef Jon Stevens for his croissant bread pudding with caramel mousse.

Unfortunately if you didn't get there early, you didn't get to eat. While the event ran from 2pm to 6pm, I arrived at 3:30pm and all but three vendors were out of food. The good news is that two of the three dishes I did get to eat were the award winners. While I can't say much about the dishes created, I can tell you that there was plenty of booze, tunes and good energy.

Spotted slurping, noshing and toe-tapping in the crowd were foodies like Bev Garvin, Steven Doyle, Jennifer Miller, LeeAnne Locken, Catherine Downes, Angus Wynne and Lucien LaBarba.

Scenes from the day are below:

Dallas Mavericks Drummers |  photo: Chefs For Farmers on Twitter
One handsome Mother Shucker  |  photo: Chefs For Farmers on Twitter
The Naked Cowboy
Bread Pudding from Jon Stevens at Stock & Barrel
Kyle McClelland from Proof & Pantry and Driftwood created a steamed
oyster on a bed of oyster foam with an oyster leaf
Shuck and Swallow. Cynthia Smoot and LeeAnne Locken | photo Jennifer Miller on Instagram