The Beachcomber Fall Guide

Annual Shellfish Soiree on Sept. 30 Benefits LBI Foundation

Sep 23, 2016

Celebrate the local estuary at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences’ third annual “Beauty of the Bay: A Shellfish Soiree” on Friday, Sept. 30. The “edu-taste-tional” event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. in the LBIF main gallery, at 120 Long Beach Blvd. in Loveladies.

Cost is $50 per person. Proceeds benefit the Foundation.

As LBIF Development and Outreach Coordinator Amy Carreño explained, “This unique event is made possible from the support of many local friends of the LBIF.” The soiree is sponsored by Bay Avenue Plant Co. and presented by ReClam the Bay, 40 North Oysters, Parson’s Seafood, and Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen Museum, with support from The Arlington, Bistro 14, The Heirloom Kitchen, Jetty, The Local and The Old Causeway Steak and Oyster House.

“We are ever appreciative for the generosity of these businesses,” said Carreño.

The evening’s festivities will include shellfish tastings prepared by chefs from The Arlington, Bistro 14 and The Old Causeway, along with clams provided by ReClam the Bay and grilled by Little Egg Oyster. Parson’s Seafood and 40 North Oysters are also donating oysters, and the seafood will be complemented by a farm-fresh salad from Sassafras Hill Farm.

Wine pairings are courtesy of The Old Causeway, Mike Hicks from Luna Di Luna and Mark H. Metzger of Opici Family Distributors. Additional wine – as well as Ship Bottom Brewery Imperial Pumpkin Ale – will be available for purchase.

Meanwhile, oyster farmers Dale Parsons of Parson’s Seafood and Scott Lennox and Sarafina Mugavero of 40 North Oysters will lead bay-based discussions.

Finally, the night will close with a dessert and coffee bar hosted by The Local.

“The Shellfish Soiree is special,” Carreño noted, “as it represents everything our community holds dear: our eco-system and the arts.

“To add to the uniqueness of the evening, our gallery exhibition is ‘The Plein Air Event,’ a collection of paintings created this summer of our LBI in its natural state.” Guests are invited to shop the display of local art.

Register for the Shellfish Soiree online at

For more information, call 609-494-1241 or visit LBIF is also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. —J.K.-H.

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