From the professional restaurateur, to the culinary novice ─ chefs of all skill levels are invited to submit their original oyster recipes for consideration in the 34th National Oyster Cook-off, October 19 at the St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival in Leonardtown. A panel of food experts will choose nine of the most creative and mouthwatering entries to compete in the cook-off’s three categories ─ hors d’oeuvre, soup/stew, and main dish. Read more
From smoky plates of roasted oysters to baked rockfish filets, next week’s third annual Bounty of the Bay is sure to be a crowd pleaser, delighting diners’ taste buds with some of the best seafood in the nation. Hosted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and The Rockfish restaurant, the dinner will include a raw bar and a five-course meal featuring local oysters, striped bass, dogfish and blue catfish. Tickets are limited, so those interested in attending are encouraged to register today. Read more
Maryland Watermen’s Association founder celebrates 40 years of service
Governor Martin O’Malley has designated Larry Simns Admiral of the Chesapeake for his work as the chief advocate for Maryland’s watermen and their communities, and for his role in promoting changes to better ensure the sustainability of commercial fishing in the State. Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary John Griffin presented the award to Simns’ family, on January 18 at the 39th East Coast Commercial Fishermen’s and Aquaculture Trade Exposition in Ocean City. Read more
Dan Thomas of Delmar caught a new Maryland record 13 pound, five ounce sheepshead fish on September 16 in Hoopers Straight, north of Bloodsworth Island. He hooked the record catch while competing in the Westside Outcaster’s Open, a tournament to benefit the Bivalve Volunteer Fire Company. Read more
More than 70 Restaurants Have Signed Up
Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the return of the From the Bay, For the Bay Dine Out, a week-long celebration of Maryland seafood benefiting the Oyster Recovery Partnership. More than 70 high-profile restaurants have already signed up, including Ryleigh’s Oyster House, Woodberry Kitchen, Equinox, and Matchbox. Last year’s inaugural promotion proved a success, raising $25,000 for oyster restoration projects.