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February 27th, 2017 Posted by Chef Knox
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Every year Valentine’s Day rolls around and there are two ingredients I automatically go to; chocolate and oysters. Though chocolate is wonderful, this post is about the latter. We get some of the best oysters that one can get from Christchurch School. There is a marine biology program there that allows the students start from beginning to end with the oysters. Christchurch is located right on the Rappahannock River, so the students can keep an eye on them at all times. These oysters are some of the cleanest tasty oysters you’ll ever have. Not only is there a terrific product as a canvas for the dish but an opportunity to support a program helping educate and better the community.
This Valentine’s Day dish was a dozen raw oysters. The oysters by themselves are fantastic however being a special occasion I thought it appropriate to enhance the oysters with some texture and the right combination of sweet, salty, spicy, & earthy.
Christchurch Oysters on a half shell with beet green crisps, pea shoots, soy pickled red onion mignonette, topped with sweet & spicy Virginia peanuts. On this appetizer alone four different local farms/organizations are represented including the oysters. Victory Farms, Gourmet Greens, Hubbard Peanut Co. represent other ingredients.