Saturday November 9th, 2014
We met up with our Loopah friends; Last Mango and As the Crow flies. They had already rented a car to do the New Orleans trip and they were upgraded to a big Guzzler so they had two extra seats and graciously invited us to go along with them to Orange Beach and the Oyster cook off and Craft Beer festival. I am not a picky or fussy eater, but for some reason I have drawn the line just north of Oysters. Mary Lynn is unable to eat seafood (other than Tuna), and she doesn’t drink beer (looks like a big day for her). Orange beach is just across the bay. It was a little over half and hour to get to the Hangout and the beer and oysters.
Mango and Crows had a mission along the way. They had a package that arrived for another loopah. We stopped at The Wharf marina at Orange Beach. This marina is on the GIWW and is on a section that we are able to use with Fracas after she is re-masted. Dave and Michele were delightful and we had coffee and bloody marys and a nice visit. Dave showed us some of the renovations he has done and he is a craftsman. Thanks again.
Where was I?
We arrived at the OBE (Oyster/Beer/Event) (Mike Coomes add comment here) parked the beast and prepared to have fun. I had some trepidations about the Oysters but none regarding the beer. Customers were encouraged to buy a book of tickets. Thirty bucks gets you 20 tickets. One Oyster is 1 ticket and beer is 3 tickets, pretty simple no guzzintas to deal with. I did calculate that I could get six beer and have two orphaned tickets for oysters. Something I have learned and Mary Lynn is teaching is we are going to try stuff. Even before I had one beer I was into the oysters. The majority of the oysters here are cooked to some level. Raw is available and that is what I started with. It was damn good. DON’T EAT THE SHELL.
Just some of the chefs in attendance:
Saturday Cooking Demonstration Schedule
11 a.m. – Chef Tyler Williams presents Southern Bo Saam
11:30 a.m. – Rae Anne Coutu presents The Traveler Beer Company
12 p.m. – Chef Linkie Marais presents Spicy Tequila Grilled Oysters
12:30 p.m. – Chef Josh Habinger presents Kimchi and Oyster Bloody Mary
1 p.m. – Chef Michele Ragussis presents Grilled Oysters with Chorizo Butter
1:30 p.m. – Chef Ryan Prewitt presents Grilled Oysters with Lemon Jalapeno Butter
2 p.m. – Chef Jason Roberts presents BBQ Oysters with Red Chili Nahm Jim
2:30 p.m. – Chef Ippy Aiona presents Oyster with Sweet Teriyaki, Roasted Tomatoes, Pickled Ginger and Melted Provolone
3 p.m. – Chef Nikki Martin presents Bloody Mary Skirt Steak
3: 30 p.m. – Chef Jim Smith presents Rockefeller 101: Classic Rockefeller
Bands in attendance while we were there; The Mulligans, Steelism and Willie Sugarcapps. It was a great outing all around. The beach is amazing, huge and clean. Water temperature in the 70s.
Our next stop was LuLu’s. LuLu is Jimmy Buffet’s sister and she has quite a place on the GIWW. We had a nice lunch. Karen was the DD and luckily there were five of us to help her navigate back to the boats…sister Mary Francis. I was in bed by 19:15 and it wasn’t rum induced. Just a large day at the beach.
Sunday November 9th, 2014
Earlier today I posted some catch up pictures of our last few days down the river. Part two will deal with what we did yesterday.