The First Annual Harbor Oyster Cruises will be a set of two oyster-centric cruises in New York Harbor on Thursday, September 27th.
They are a part of the First ever New York Oyster Week. Two voyages aboard the 80', yacht Manhattan will each include a premium open raw bar, top shelf bar and a host of other interesting features. The voyages are designed to be a twist to your standard NY Harbor Sight Seeing Cruise as they are designed and presented around the history and significance of the oyster in NY Harbor in the past, present and future. The Yacht Manhattan will visit these areas and New York Oyster Week founder and bona-fide Ostreaphile (Oyster Expert) Kevin Joseph will present the relevant and interesting information on each location.
She's a classicly styled vessel inspired by the famous (and infamous) commuter yachts of the Roaring 20's. These kinds of boats were commonplace in NY Harbor - owned by the ultra-rich on the shores of Long Island Sound - Oil Barons and Wall Street tycoons outfitted long narrow boats with the ever so popular combustion engine. Designed for speed and elegance, the Manhattan is outfitted with 1000 horse power John Deere Diesels. Take a closer look here. http://www.sail-nyc.com/yacht-manhattan-cruises
DATE, TIME & LOCATION
Thursday, September 27th, 2012
SUNSET CRUISE: 6pm - 7:30pm
Thursday, September 27th, 2012
TWILIGHT CRUISE: 8pm-9:30pm
* Both cruises depart from Chelsea Piers, Pier 62.
The Harbor Oyster Cruises are presented by Green Light Sustainability Advisors
Erin McKinnon of Green Light Sustainability Advisors and New York Oyster Week
Kevin Joseph of New York Oyster Week and Otaku marketing OBSESSION™
Rudi Ehrlich of New York Oyster Week
James Monahan of Monahan PR
Chef Rob McCue of Roble & Co. on The Bravo Network
One ZYR Vodka "OysterTini" will be presented to each guest as they arrive on board.
Additionally, one complimentary Beer, Wine, OR Champagne will be available as well.
- Blue Point Toasted Lager (NY)
- Robert Pepe Sauvignon Blanc (CA)
- Brotherhood Blanc du Blanc Sparkling White (NY)
*Additional beverages will be available for purchase as well.
OPEN RAW BAR
A variety of American & Canadian oysters from the east and west coasts will be served, raw, on the half shell. 5 or 6 varieties will be offered. For each variety Kevin Joseph will discuss the characteristics of each oyster and interview the oystermen who are present and responsible for them.
BLUE ISLAND // Great South Bay // Fire Island, NY
*Oysterman Chris Quartuccio will be on board
MONTAUK PEARLS // Gardiners Bay // Montauk, NY
*Oysterman Mike Doall will be on board
MERMAID SELECTS // Lake Montauk // Montauk, NY -
*Oysterman Mike Grande will be on board
BEAU SOLEIL // Miramichi Bay New Brunswick, Canada
CHEF'S CREEK // Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada
MERMAID COVE // Mermaid Cove // Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Canada
KUSSHI // Puget Sound / Washington State
*Oysters & Oystermen subject to change
Chef Rob McCue, Celebrity Chef from The Bravo Network Show Roble & CO. Season 1 (filming now) , will perform and explain Spherification - a form of "molecular gastronomy" that creates tiny balls of flavor similar in size, shape or color to pearls or fish eggs. They will be used to garnish the raw oysters. When used this way, he calls his creations "pearls". For the cruise, each pearl will be made with a different spirit that pairs well with the oyster. Learn more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spherification
Chef McCue will be pairing various "spirited pearls" for each of our oyster varieties. Likely pairings include...
- BLUE ISLAND // Johnny Walker Blue Pearl
- MONTAUK PEARLS // Inocente Tequila Pearl
- MERMAID SELECTS // Xante Cognac Pearl
- BEAU SOLEIL // Kracken Rum Pearl
- CHEF'S CREEK // ZYR Vodka Pearl
- NAKED COWBOY // Cherry Herring
- CHEFS CREEK // It's a secret!
- KUSSHI // Another secret!
*Oysters & Pearl pairings subject to change
A DIFFERENT KIND OF HARBOR TOUR
In addition to visiting the various attractions of Upper New York Harbor typical to the standard cruise, the Harbor Oyster Cruises will visit spots of significance to the oyster in NY Harbor. Bona-fide Ostreaphile (Oyster Expert) Kevin Joseph will speak throughout the cruise on a number of interesting oyster / harbor related subjects including:
- What is the future of the Oyster in NY harbor?
- What are the benefits of Oysters in NY Harbor?
- Where are the shells from Oyster Week Going and Why?
- What do healthy oyster habitats mean to an ecosystem and a local economy?
- Dozens of other interesting historical, cultural, ecological and other tid-bits...like...
- Oyster beds once dominated the seascape of New York Harbor.
- Oysters were enjoyed regularly by the indigenous Lenape people of the area who taught the first Dutch settlers that the shells could be used as fertilizer for crops.
- Oysters are one of the few (if not the only foods) that can make the claim that they were eaten the same way (raw, on the half-shell) by both wealthiest and the poorest denizens of NYC, although in different establishments.
- Oysters were once the primary source of protein for all New Yorkers!
- Some of the first slaves to earn their freedom migrated to Staten Island and made an industry our of oystering in the Arthur Kill.
- At one point, up to 1/4 of the harbor was a network of oyster reefs that could filter all of it's water in a week or less.
- For a century or more NY Harbor supplied up to 1/2 of the global commercial oyster demand.
- For 200 years or more many of the cobble stones and cornerstones of New Amsterdam & New York City's streets, homes and churches were fixed with mortar made from oyster shell.
VISITING VARIOUS LOCATIONS OF SIGNIFICANCE
- Little Oyster Island, now called…(You'll have to come to find out!)
- Big Oyster Island …(You'll have to come to find out!)
- The site of a proposed "Amphibious Park" which will create massive oyster reef complex in NY Harbor.
- The site of an ambitious Oyster Reef Project intended to dramatically improve water quality
- South Street Seaport. How was this historic location relevant to oysters in NYC?
- The site of New York Harbor School, the location of a successful aquaculture program for teens.
Professional photographer and Ostreaphile Julie Qiu will be shooting both events.
Photos will be made available to all guests after the event.
SABER FOR A CAUSE
Sabering a bottle of champagne dates back to Napoleonic times and has long symbolized victory, power and luxury. On each cruise up to 3 guests will have the ability to saber a bottle of bubbly on the bow of the vessel. The cost to be taught how to do it and be photographed in the act is a $500 donation to our BeneFISHiary, Project Serv. Donors will receive a photograph of themselves sabering a bottle with the skyline of Manhattan behind them. It will be a real "Glory Shot". The act of removing the top of the champagne bottle with a short, blunt object can be done even with a sturdy wine glass base. But in the case of our cruise we'll be using a short blunt saber. Learn more about "Sabreage" HERE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabrage
One VERY SPECIAL LIVE AUCTION ITEM: A two hour cruise (for you and yours) on Classic Harbor Line's Yacht, The Manhattan The bidding for this extraordinary item / experience will begin at only $3,000, (far less than it is worth!) Auction proceeds will benefit Project SERV (Spawning Early Release Vessel). www.ProjectServ.org
Before 9/24/12: $125
After 9/24/12: $155
Only 50 tickets will be available for each of the two voyages that day.
Tickets available www.OysterWeek.com/OysterHarborCruise
Questions about tickets and for more information contact Kevin Joseph @ 917.656.4697
* All sales are final.
Have questions about HARBOR OYSTER CRUISES presented by Green Light Sustainability Advisors? Contact Oyster Week