What’s New at the House of Shells?
Canada’s baseball team has put together a modest win streak, the sun seems to be shining – can things be looking cautiously up for the City? Certainly the oyster has emerged from its winter doldrums, and is coming across our plates plump and juicy. The Oyster Depot has seen remarkably little Winter Mortality, and the Princes and Queens are as fine a PEI oyster as you could hope for. The St. Lawrence Lobster Fishery opens on the 1st of June, and we’re starting to see some of our nice spring produce arriving at the back door – fiddleheads, wild nettles and ramps being shaped into starters and side dishes by Rodrigo and the cooks.
On the beds, the Cotuit Oyster Co in Massachusetts is sending us some beautiful plump oysters off the Cape. Mystics out of Long Island Sound are showing nicely, and the Shan Daph from Big Island in NS are always beautiful. We’re seeing some beautiful pickerel and perch out of Lake Erie, live Sea Scallops from Quebec, and the mighty BC Spot Prawn is making an appearance in our tanks for the next few weeks.
In Calgary, we’re a week away from starting construction on our new Oyster House at 10th Ave and 4th St (after several months of waiting), and Holden Alexander continues to eat lustily. Nothing is as good as a fat baby.
Next big event on our social calendar is the Pearls of Wisdom at Mt. Royal University in Calgary (year 17), followed by the 26th annual Ontario Oyster Festival, happening July 20th. Stay tuned to this space for more details as we get closer. “The Oyster Has Landed.”