The Oyster Bed Turns One! : A Year in Review
This last year has been a wildly busy, fun & tasty ride. As a thanks to all of our many customers & supporters over the last year, we’ve decided to put together a blog post with some highlights from our last 12 months.
Kickstarter – A record setting experience
We took a leap of faith back in October 2014, when we launched our product on Kickstarter at the Louisiana Seafood Festival. Reaching 50% or our funding goal in the first weekend, it was reassuring to see all the early support for our new product.
We were privileged to earn some great print and news media spots along the way…
And enjoyed cooking for the entire Fox8 News Team.
We were the first ever recipe/food sponsor at the Gulf Shores “Hangout” Oyster Fest!
And we celebrated the holidays shipping products out to our many backers and then celebrating with all the people that helped make it such a big success.
International Housewares Show: Chicago 2015
We made our way up to Chicago to cook & showcase our products with Wilton Armetale at the International housewares show. We also made some new friends at the Chicago Oyster House & introduced a lot of folks to the the many flavors of The Oyster bed.
We even got to invited to pitch our idea to Kevin Harrington from “As Seen On TV” & “Shark Tank”
Can’t go to Chicago without seeing Trump Tower! (More recently Tommy spent some time briefing him on national security issues)
Miss USA Pageant: Baton Rouge
We were privileged to be invited to cook with some of Louisiana’s top chefs at an exclusive banquet celebrating the Miss USA contestants at the Houmas House Plantation.
The beautiful ladies in the aprons are our wives. Don’t you agree that they could have been contestants?
Festivals and the 2015 New Orleans Oyster Fest Week
We worked a lot of festivals this year and met a lot of great people!
While promoting the Festival, we got to hang out with Food Network Star Finalist Jay Ducote on the set of Good Morning New Orleans.
We were excited to sell out ½ way through day #2 at the festival, despite some rainy weather. We’ll have to bring more products next year!
Here are just a few photos of the many festivals we attended.
We even got to hang out with the 2015 Louisiana Oyster Queen!
Gambit’s Emerging Chefs Competition:
We were privileged to cook for over 500 attendees at this year’s Emerging Chefs Competition.
Sustainable Seafood Bloggers Conference
We were invited to speak at the first ever Sustainable Seafood Bloggers Conference in NOLA.
Trip with Famous Oyster Blogger Julie Qui
Tommy had the fantastic opportunity to accompany world renowned food blogger Julie Qui on a guided tour of native Louisiana oyster reefs with respected Oyster fishermen Peter Vujnovich.
Check out her article here!
We even got to meet the authors of our favorite Oyster Cookbooks:
- The Louisiana Seafood Bible: Oyster Edition (Jerald and Glenda Horst)
- P&J’s Oyster’s ( The Sunseri Family)
These are just a few of the many memories that we made in our first year after launching. None of this would have been possible without the incredible support of our family, friends and you, our loyal customers.
Many Blessings & Cheers to another year of Cultivating Creative Cooking & remember….
“The World is your Oyster!”