Soirée on a Sandbar

Few things compare to the delicious flavor of an oyster plucked straight from the sea and shucked right before your eyes. Last summer, Mirbeau Inn and Spa executive chef Stephen Coe teamed up with Plymouth Rock Oyster Growers to begin offering casually elegant oyster dinner excursions that pair foraging with a fabulous seafood feast.

Greeted at the Plymouth waterfront by a team from Plymouth Watersport, small groups of guests hop aboard an awaiting boat and enjoy a scenic ride across the bay to an expansive (temporary) sand bar decked out with folding chairs and long tables dressed with linens and fresh flowers. With their toes in the sand and a glass of Champagne in their hand, guests can watch oysters being shucked and grilled over an open fire while being serenaded by an acoustic guitar.

Guests are escorted to the nearby oyster farm for an up-close look at how the briny bivalves are grown and harvested. Plymouth Rock Oyster Growers owners Bill and Beth Doyle and their son Connor farm roughly 5 ½ acres out on White’s Flat and Ichabod Flat. The types of oysters they grow have an extra hard shell with a deep cup, and when enjoyed raw they deliver a burst of salty-sweet flavor.

Back on the beach, a sumptuous seafood spread awaits guests. In addition to the aforementioned oysters (served grilled as well as raw), the menu includes such items as seafood paella, lobster and clams, bacon-wrapped shrimp, pork belly on steamed buns, corn on the cob and a colorful summer salad dressed with fresh strawberries. The food is paired with wine and followed by creative and classic desserts like push-pop cakes and the ultimate summertime treat—s’mores roasted over a crackling beach fire. Guests can sit back and enjoy the scenery as the setting sun casts a warm glow over the beach and waves lap at the shoreline.

Oyster dinners are in the works for the 2016 season. These events are dependent on tides and weather, but when the stars align it makes for a magical dinner experience. For more information, visit mirbeau.com/pinehills-plymouth.

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