It’s fall in Charleston, and while cooler temps might not bring fall foliage, they do bring oyster roasts.
Whether you’re hosting, enjoying or skipping out on oyster roasts this season, we’re sharing a guide on everything you need to know about these slimy shellfish, including info on oyster species, tutorials on shucking + a list of popular condiments to serve them with. Let’s dive on in. 👇
Atlantic/Eastern | East Coast + Gulf of Mexico ○ Origin: Native to North America; originated in late 20th century ○ Look: Large + smooth teardrop-shape shell ○ Taste: Sweet + briny (varies depending on where they’re grown; brinier in the North)
European Flat/Belon | East + West coasts ○ Origin: Western European coast ○ Look: Moss-colored, smooth + saucer-like shells ○ Taste: Bold, crisp + meaty
Pacific | West Coast ○ Origin: Brought to the U.S. from Japan in 1920 ○ Look: Fluted shells with a deep cup ○ Taste: A mild taste with slightly sweet hints of fruits + vegetables. Usually a good amount of briny (salty) + metallic taste.
Kumamoto | West Coast ○ Origin: Kyushu, Japan ○ Look: Fluted, pointy shells with deep cups ○ Taste: Mild, sweet + fruity
Olympia | West Coast ○ Origin: Native to the West Coast of North America ○ Look: Very small ○ Taste: Unique + pungent coppery taste Olympia oysters were decimated in the early 20th century due to pollution and overharvesting. Wild populations still exist but are protected.
Click the button below to slice into more info about the “r” month rule, how to shuck, prepare + cook oysters, popular condiments, whole bellies vs. scrambled + additional info and resources.
Vote ○ Berkeley + Dorchester counties announced various satellite voting locations open for in-person absentee voting before the general election on Tues., Nov. 3. Click here for more info on the two locations in Berkeley County + here for more information on the three locations in Dorchester County. (Holy City Sinner)
Politics ○ The College of Charleston announced two virtual town hall meetings featuring U.S. Representative Joe Cunningham + State Representative Nancy Mace – candidates for the state’s 1st Congressional District race – ahead of the Nov. 3 election. As part of the college’s Bully Pulpit series, the first meeting was held yesterday evening, and the second will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. Learn more here. (WCSC)
WaterCooler ○ The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) has confirmed its 2020-21 season start dates under a split-season format. Under this format, half of the league’s teams – including the South Carolina Stingrays – will begin their 72-game seasons on Dec. 11, while the remaining half will begin Jan. 15, 2021.
Closing ○ Sunshine Hummus(116 A Spring St.) announced via Instagram that it will be permanently closing “in the coming weeks.” Until then, patrons can continue ordering the Medditeranean dishes for pick-up + deliveryhere.
Holiday ○ The Charleston Police Department will host its inaugural “Halloween Howl” on Fri., Oct 23. The event, taking place from 4-6 p.m. at police headquarters (180 Lockwood Dr.), will serve as a safe alternative to trick-or-treating. Learn more + register here. (WCIV)
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Coronavirus ○ Visit SCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and here for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina and accelerateSC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats on South Carolina’s employment, business, economy, education, and more. ○ SCDHEC continues to emphasize the importance of getting a flu shotduring the COVID-19 pandemic to remain as healthy as possible. Flu shots are available at multiple locations across the state, including certain DHEC public health offices, pharmacies, hospitals, doctors’ offices + other sites. To see if your local DHEC public health office offers the flu shot and to schedule an appointment, click hereor call 855-472-3432 to schedule an appointment.
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Five Loaves Cafehas permanently closed its downtown location(43 Cannon St.) after 18 years of service, per an announcement made on Facebook last Friday.
The statement notes the end of the cafe’s lease on its Cannonborough neighborhood building as the reason for its closure, claiming “it’s time to move on from this space.” See full statement here.
The Mount Pleasant + Summerville locations remain open.
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Virtual ○ Shelf Goals: Food Edition| Tues., Oct. 13 | 11 a.m. | Virtual | Free | A workshop devoted to food product branding, packaging + distribution. ○ CMC At Home: Ovation Concert 1| Tues., Oct. 13 | 7:30 p.m. | Virtual | $20 | A YouTube Live link will be emailed following the purchase of a ticket, and the concert will be available for streaming for up to two weeks.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.