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Award-winning West Coast Oysters Arrive for Zingerman’s Roadhouse Special Dinner (11/08)

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Contact: Pete Sickman-Garner, 734.904.0644

Expert Jon Rowley from Taylor Shellfish Will Discuss Oysters and Bring
Champion Totten Inlet Virginicas from Washington for the Event

Zingerman’s Roadhouse pairs up with Jon Rowley, one of the nation’s leading oyster experts, to share a special dinner featuring West Coast Oysters on Tuesday, Dec 9 at 7pm. Taylor Shellfish Farms in Washington state produces four kinds of oysters including the Totten Inlet Virginicas which recently placed first in flavor at the East Coast Shellfish Growers 2008 Invitational Oyster Challenge in Providence, R.I. Roadhouse Chef Alex Young has crafted a menu which reflects the nuanced flavor of each oyster and the event will also include a raw oyster bar, where guests can watch oysters being shucked, taste the distinct flavors of each, and talk to oyster experts.

Rowley, author of Art of Eating an Oyster and organizer of the Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition, will provide many varieties including the Totten Inlet Virginicas, recent winners of a spot in the holiday auction at the James Beard Foundation Gala in New York City, and Olympia oysters which are very hard to find in the Midwest. Roadhouse bar manager Jason Spaulding has worked with Rowley to select two wines to pair with the raw oyster bar. Featured will be Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Gris and Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc. Also on hand is special guest Claire Seelig, local ten-year-old oyster aficionado, who will share her love of eating oysters.

Cost for the dinner is $45 and reservations are available at 734.663.3663 or at Zingerman’s Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. For more information on the event contact Pete Sickman-Garner, 734.904.0644 or [email protected]. For more information about Taylor Shellfish Farms, go to