Fundraiser for the oyster workers August 24


SHUCK FOR SHELTER

A BENEFIT FOR THE WORKERS OF DRAKES BAY OYSTER COMPANY
WITH: FINE & RARE, CARNEROS WINE ALLIANCE,
ANCHOR BREWERS AND DISTILLERS AND STAG DINING 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 24TH 2PM
AT FISH IN SAUSALITO

Dear Diners and Culinary Adventurers,
As of July 31, Drakes Bay Oyster Company, the last oyster cannery in the State of California, was forced to close by order of the NPS and Department of the Interior. As the shucking and packing building was being lifted from the ground and put onto a transport trailer for removal, the oyster shuckers and packers realized that their lives were forever changed. Some have worked here on the farm for 30 years and are valued members of this rural community.  Currently Drakes is only able to continue to harvest the oysters in Drakes Estero for the wholesale market, but as that comes to an end, all of the oystermen and women will lose their jobs and homes. Their families will be uprooted.

Stag Dining alongside Fine & Rare and the Carneros Wine Alliance, are hosting a benefit event for the workers of Drakes at FISH in Sausalito. This event will help raise money for the families of Drakes Bay Oyster Company. We invite you to celebrate the culinary contributions that this historic company helped weave into the fabric of the culinary landscape of the Bay Area for decades.

MENU & MISSION

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Drakes
Raw Bar

Bbq oysters/
 crispy chicken skin,”red hot”, celery leaf
Broiled Oyster Dynamite/ shrimp, togarashi, ginger, japanese herbs
Smoked Oyster & Beef Tartare/ pickled watermelon, dehydrated tomato, onion rings
Oyster Gumbo/ andouille sausage, heirloom peppers
Oyster Po’Boy Sliders/ brioche bun, jalapeño slaw, local tomatoes

About Drakes Bay Oyster Company

The historic oyster farm in Drakes Estero, located in Point Reyes, Marin County, has been part of the community for nearly 100 years. The Lunnys, a third-generation Point Reyes ranching family, purchased the oyster farm in 2004. Modern environmentalists and proponents of sustainable agriculture praise Drakes Bay Oyster as a superb example of how people can produce high-quality food in harmony with the environment.The farm produces approximately one third of all oysters grown in California, and employs 30 members of the community. The Lunnys also contribute the oyster shells that make possible the restoration of native oysters in San Francisco Bay and the oyster shells used to create habitat for the endangered Snowy Plover and Least Tern.As the last oyster cannery in California, Drakes Bay is the only local (and thus the only safe and affordable) source of these shells. The Lunny family is proud of its contributions to a sustainable food model that conserves and maintains the productivity of the local landscapes and the health of its inhabitants.
Join us for a memorable outing in support of the workers of Drakes Bay Oyster Company



Businesses threatened by closure of oyster farm file suit


Update: The injunction was denied and the lawsuit has been suspended.

A new lawsuit has been filed by a set of businesses that are threatened by the closure of Drakes Bay Oyster Farm.

Plaintiffs include the Tomales Bay Oyster Company, Patty Unterman of the Hayes Street Grill in San Francisco, the Alliance for Local Sustainable Agriculture, and a list of restaurants that reads like a who’s-who of the West Marin farm-to-table culinary scene, including Margaret Grade of Sir and Star, Osteria Stellina, Saltwater Oyster Depot, Café Reyes.

The Lunnys are not plaintiffs and have no involvement in the new suit.

Read the press releases and the complaint here.

Donate to the legal defense fund for the new suit here.