FYI, tickets are now on sale for Old Ebbitt's annual Oyster Riot, November 21 & 22. I went last year for the first time, and I had a ball fulfilling my every oyster & wine fantasy. So I'm going back, on Saturday night this year.
This is an all you can consume affair. The wines and champagnes that were served last year were all delicious -- the top-ten winners of a tasting organized to ferret out the best wines to drink with oysters. Last year's champ was a 2001 Charles Wiffen Sav. Blanc, and first runner up was a french nonvintage Brut. My personal favorite was the Mt. Difficulty Sav. Blanc, a NZ wine I had not had before.
But oh those oysters! Something like 25 different varieties, piled high on ice and freshly shucked for your personal pleasure. I ate dozens and dozens -- European Flats from Maine and Washington, Olympias, Kumamotos, Pacific oysters from Hood Canal and Samish Bay. East coast oysters came from various parts of Canada, ME, MA, RI, NY, NJ, and as far south as Virginia. My favorite here was the New Point Comfort oysters from Dyer's Creek, VA, which had a delicately sweet yet bitingly briny flavor. But it was an extra ingredient that really won me over: the fellow doing the shucking was the owner of the company and the very same guy that hauled the oysters out of the bay and trucked them up to the Riot. What a treat to eat more than a dozen of his oysters while he shucked and shared his pride and joy.
Obviously, I am enthusiastic about this party. It's a $70 ticket, which they say sells out early, but I have no information about that one way or the other. Here's the link, if you are interested.