Welcome to our photo series Eater Scenes, where Eater photographer Katie Cannon visits some of the city's great
restaurants food events to capture them at a certain, and very specific, point in the day. Today, Meritage's Oysterfest.
[Photos: Katie Cannon/EAMPLS]
Yesterday, Meritage's 3rd Annual Oysterfest brought hordes of bivalve-lovers out to downtown St. Paul for a full afternoon of oyster activities, from a chef-shucking competition to oyster school to slurping down the briny molluscs themselves (a few clams also made the scene, as well as lots of beer and cocktails). New York's famed Naked Cowboy was also on hand, as the namesake for Blue Island Oyster Company's Naked Cowboy Oysters (yes, it's confusing to us, too).
Photographer Katie Cannon dropped in towards the start of the festivities to capture all the bivalve fun, the Naked Cowboy himself, and lots and lots of Twin Cities chef sightings, including Tilia's Steven Brown, the Butcher & the Boar's Jack Riebel, the Salty Tart's Michelle Gayer, Vincent's Vincent Francoual, Travail's Mike Brown, James Winberg, and Kale Thome, and, of course, the master of oysterfest ceremonies, Meritage's Russell Klein. Chefs were on hand to eat oysters, yes, but also to flex their shucking muscles in a chef-shucking competition. Take a look at the whole Oysterfest scene (and also find out which chef is the best mothershucker in the Twin Cities).