Stonewood Products of Harwich and Mashpee on Cape Cod tonight was the setting of an early autumn soiree of Kinlin Grover Real Estate agents and homebuilding pros.
From gas-fired pits to wood fired pizza out of the "Chicago" model of patio pizza ovens, to scrumptious apple and butternut squash soup served from an outdoor bar, the folks at Stonewood showed realtors what is possible with some natural materials and a back yard on beautiful Cape Cod.
Me? I hung out at the oyster bar. Expertly manned by John and Stephanie Lowell, owners and operators of the East Dennis Oyster Farm, the oysters were harvested from Cape Cod Bay that morning and in my mouth that night. Can you say "died and went to heaven"?
Watch this video of John shucking an oyster in 5 seconds, without even trying to be speedy.
We talked about the summertime closure of some Massachusetts oyster farms due to vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria. With rigorous attention and compliance, most of our Cape Cod oyster fishermen and women-- East Dennis Oyster Farms included, remained open selling this delicate fruit of the sea to some of the finest restaurants on the Cape, in Boston and in New York City without interruption.
The Lowells invited me to witness their oyster farming process next week and in a nano second I said "I'm all about it!" Watch for an upcoming article on that.
OK. Back to the Oyster with the face. After I uploaded this video to Instagram, some of my followers said the oyster appeared to have a face. I agree. But it's no ordinary face, it's a face by Picasso. Take a look and you be the judge. Sorry for the blurry screen-grab, but you get the idea. Are East Dennis Oyster Farm oysters channeling the master of Cubism?