Whether you’re hosting, enjoying, or skipping out on oyster roasts this season, we’re sharing a guide on everything you need to know about these slimy shellfish, including info. on oyster species, tutorials on shucking + a list of popular condiments to serve them with. Let’s dive on in. 👇
Atlantic/Eastern | East Coast + Gulf of Mexico ○ Origin: Native to North America ○ Look: Large + smooth teardrop-shape shell ○ Taste: Sweet + briny (varies depending on where they’re grown; brinier in the North)
European Flat/Belon | East + West coasts ○ Origin: Western European coast ○ Look: Moss-colored, smooth + saucer-like shells ○ Taste: Bold, crisp + meaty
Pacific | West Coast ○ Origin: Brought to the U.S. from Japan in 1920 ○ Look: Fluted shells with a deep cup ○ Taste: A mild taste with slightly sweet hints of fruits + vegetables. Usually a good amount of briny + metallic taste.
Kumamoto | West Coast ○ Origin: Kyushu, Japan ○ Look: Fluted, pointy shells with deep cups ○ Taste: Mild, sweet + fruity
Olympia | West Coast ○ Origin: Native to the West Coast of North America ○ Look: Very small ○ Taste: Unique + pungent coppery taste Olympia oysters were decimated in the early 20th century due to pollution and over-harvesting. Wild populations still exist but are protected.
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Announced ○ Greenville will host the NCAA 2023 Women’s Division I Basketball Championships(regional) and 2026 Division I Men’s Basketball Championships(first and second rounds). You can check out more information here. 🏀
Number ○ 23,000+. The number of Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) reusable fabric gowns that Milliken & Company is donatingto local school districts to support safe environments for students. You can read more here. (SC Biz News)
Coronavirus ○ SC State Superintendent Molly Spearman has sent$43 million in protective equipment to 1,300+ schools in SC,which fulfills every item in their requests to help them open for in-person classes. This includes 300,000 sheets of Plexiglass that will provide barriers between students at desks and tables. (AP News) ○ VisitSCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and here for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina.
Dish ○ Gov. Henry McMaster may have given restaurants across SC the ability to open at full capacity, but not all restaurants plan to do so. Here’s a list of Upstate spots who don’t yet plan to be open at 100% capacity. (Greenville News)
State ○ Two women from South Carolina are leading NASA teams. The scientists include Vanessa Wyche, deputy director at Houston’s Johnson Space Center, and Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, who is the launch director at the Kennedy Space Centeron Merritt Island in Florida. Read about launching space shuttles + more here. To infinity and beyond. 🚀 (The State) ○Arrival Automotive, a zero-emissions transportation company,plans to invest $46 million to establish its first US microfactory in Rock Hill, which will create 240 new jobs. The South Carolina operation will initially focus on building electric buses + is expected to be up and running by mid-2021.
Active ○ Any fans of disc golf? If you didn’t know, the Upstate is a perfect place to play. Click here to check out this guide to some of our best disc golf courses (that are beginner friendly, of course). (Greenville Journal)
Drink ○ Prost, y’all. It’s officially Oktoberfest season – and while events might look a little different this year, you can always celebrate at home (with help from the Lowes Foods Beer Den). 🍺 Ⓟ
Civic ○ In the 2016 presidential election, only 61.4% of eligible voters voted. According to WalletHub’sresearch + data, South Carolina is no. 42 in the country for political engagement. With Election Day rapidly approaching, we’ve compiled General Election andabsentee votingguides to help make the process easier for Greenvillians to get out + vote. (WalletHub)
Outdoors ○ October’s Legacy Farmer’s Marketis happening thisSaturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., featuring live music, food trucks, and 20+ local vendors and artisans. Details here. 🛍️ Ⓟ
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The Cancer Society of Greenville County has launched their annual Holiday Greenery Sale to support local cancer patients. Orders for festive wreaths + other decor are being accepted now through Nov. 2.
You can make all your purchases at the link here. Pickups will be Dec. 1. 🎄
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Family ○ Boo in the Zoo | Thurs., Oct. 15-Sun., Oct. 18 | 3-8 p.m. | Greenville Zoo | $9-$12 | With Halloween right around the corner, join the Greenville Zoo for this family friendly Halloween event for all ages. 🎃
Listen ○ Poets of Nashville | Thurs., Oct. 15 | 8 p.m. | Genevieve’s at the Peace Center | $200 for a table of 4 | Critically acclaimed, two-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Kim Richey will be playing at Genevieve’s. 🎸 ○ Live Music at The Tasting Room | Thurs., Oct. 15 | 6-9 p.m. | The Tasting Room, 164 South Main St., Ste. C | Free entry | Listen to the music of Jason Davis + enjoy your favorite glass of craft beer or wine. 🎼
TryThis ○ Travelers Rest Harvest Market| Thurs., Oct. 15 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Trailblazer Park | Free entry | Bring a lawn chair + a friend to fully enjoy these falling temperatures with vendors, food trucks, and live music. 🌽
Edu ○ Leadercast Ripple Effect| Thurs., Oct. 15 | 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Virtual | $45 | Join the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce for this professional development seminar designed to amplify your leadership impact. Learn from soccer legend Abby Wambach, digital marketing guru Randi Zuckerberg + more.
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