Bear with me. I don't know how to do this, IF i should do this or if the Chowhound executive committee will allow me to do this BUT: I would love to put together a small-medium group of Oyster Lovers (my wife ain't one of them)for the following type of day trip.
Tentatively on Saturday, June 8 or Sunday, June 9, 2002 our group could A) meet at the Atherton Avenue exit in San Rafael and caravan from there (in our own cars) OR b) All meet at:
1) Wild Flour Bakery, Freestone (It's about a One and a half hour drive from San Francisco). I suggest arriving at about 10:00 a.m. or so. We could pick up scones or sticky buns for lunch-dessert and french bread. Both for our picnic and personal consumption. From there we would go to:
2) Hog Island Oyster Company, Marshall (About a half hour drive from Freestone). We would probably arrive there about 11-11:30 where we can gorge ourselves on raw and barbecued oysters. You can buy different varieties right there and they have lots of picnic tables and barbecues on the premises for our use. I presume we can even reserve tables I think I saw a reserved sign on some of them.
My wife suggested that we could bring up cold cuts for the non oyster eaters and make sandwiches on the delicious Wild Flour bread. We can all picnic together and share good food and company.
We could bring up wine, beer and soft drinks and either make or bring desserts. I'm sure there's protocol on how to share the cost and work, etc. (I have no problem with either personally) From there, after lunch we could A) drive home in our own vehicles OR
3) Drive to Cowgirl Creamery in Pt. Reyes Station for some cheese tasting/purchasing and then all head home from there.
The details, times, cost, etc. could be worked out. I would be willing to work with a Chowhound expert planner in planning the details, menus, etc.
I assumed we could start by seeing if there is ANY interest and if so, we can form the planning committee from there. Like I say I have no idea what to do, but I have lots of energy and according to my family NO LIFE!!
My wife and I did this trip last weekend sans the oyster part and had lots of fun. A truly gourmet trio of eateries to try. All different, and IMHO or from what I've read on Chowhound all worth a try!
Hope I haven't overstepped my boundaries, but it's also a beautiful drive at this time of the year.
(PS: Please try to come if we do this, Wendy, o.k?)