The Tables are Set for Oyster Cloyster

November 06, 2013

Newport, Oregon—Chefs brush up on their shucking skills while Rogue Ales and a collection of Northwest wineries roll out kegs and cases in preparation for Oyster Cloyster at the Oregon Coast Aquarium on Saturday, November 2 from 6:30–9:30 p.m.

Oyster Cloyster is widely considered the party that kicks off Newport’s holiday season. All proceeds benefit the Aquarium Science Program at the Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC) and the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

The event brings chefs and food enthusiasts together for a celebration of the oyster, an iconic symbol of the fishing and aquaculture industries in the region. A variety of delectable food sourced from the land and sea will be served to guests. Craft beer from Rogue Ales and wines from Duck Pond Cellars, Noble Estate Vineyard and Winery, Silver Falls Vineyards and Red Hawk Winery & Vineyard will also be available.

The event’s cooking competition, where chefs vie for awards judged by professionals as well as the coveted people’s choice award, provides a variety of culinary creations and entertainment every year. The competing line-up of chefs includes:
- Matt Bennet, Sybaris Bistro - Albany, Ore.
- Garnett Black, Adobe Resort and Restaurant - Yachats, Ore.
- Charlie Branford, Local Ocean - Newport, Ore.
- Ana De Lanoy, Pelican Pub & Brewery - Pacific City, Ore.
- Jason Gonzales, Asatico Fusion Sushi - Newport, Ore.
- Kent Harrison, Bridges Restaurant, Embarcadero Resort Hotel and Marina - Newport, Ore.
- Brett Hutton, Spirit Mountain Casino - Grand Ronde, Ore.
- Mario Magana, Ocean Bleu @ Gino’s - Newport, Ore.
- Terry Rafferty, Shilo Newport Restaurant & Lounge - Newport, Ore.
- Mathias Wolf, Rogue Ales Bayfront Public House - Newport, Ore.

Tickets to Oyster Cloyster are available at or by calling (541) 867-4931. General admission is $75 or $65 for Aquarium members. Pearl-level admission, which includes 6:00 p.m. entry to the event, tickets for two, four drink tickets and an exclusive gift, is available for $350.

Guests are also encouraged to try their luck in the Oyster Cloyster raffle that benefits the Lois Rahkonen Memorial AQS Student Internship Scholarship Fund. The fund supports students during their required internship to complete the Aquarium Science Program. Each raffle basket contains goodies valued at over $1500 thanks to generous contributions from Dust Devil Mining Company and other organizations. Raffle entries are available at the OCCC campuses and the TLC Federal Credit Union and will also be sold at the event for $20 each or six for $100.

Oyster Cloyster is made possible thanks to the support of major sponsors Georgia-Pacific, Pacific Seafood, Wilder Newport, PacifiCorp and Rogue Ales. Additional sponsors include NW Natural, Oksenholt Construction, Umpqua Bank, Sunwest Honda-Mazda, Shiloh Inns and Prudential Taylor & Taylor Realty Co.

The Aquarium will close at 4:00 p.m. on November 2 in preparation for the event and will resume its normal winter hours, opening at 10:00 a.m. and closing at 5:00 p.m., the next day. For more information visit or call (541) 867-4931.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so that the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. An accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums institution, this 501(c)3 non-profit organization is ranked as one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S. Visit us at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd., Newport, OR., 541-867-3474. Follow us on, or for the latest updates.

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