Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar & Wine Café hosted a Wine and Dine to benefit the North Carolina Coastal Federation earlier this month.
Attendees enjoyed a six-course dinner featuring North Carolina oysters and wines, two industries the state has seen growth in the last decade.
Chef Dan Lewis, owner of Coastal Provisions, planned the meal and wine pairings. The meal started with a tasting of several different types of North Carolina oysters, followed by oysters on ice, baked oysters, oysters on grits and oysters with smoked duck. The meal ended with a dessert of hazelnut mousse on the half shell.
Lewis received a Pelican Award from the federation in August for his work to advance oyster mariculture and for his support of oyster restoration efforts. He has hosted benefit dinners for the federation in the past. The first one featured just one North Carolina oyster. Today, the restaurant offers more than a dozen North Carolina oysters.
At the Wine and Dine, oyster grower Fletcher O’Neal talked about his oyster farm, Devil Shoal Oyster Company, in Ocracoke. The company’s oysters were featured in the tasting course.
Proceeds from the event benefited the federation, which has restored more than 100 acres of oyster habitat, including more than 15 acres this year in Pamlico Sound and along the coast. Guests learned more about oyster restoration efforts and the growing oyster mariculture industry, which can provide economic and environmental benefits to the North Carolina coast. The North Carolina General Assembly in 2017 directed a stakeholder group to develop an oyster mariculture plan for the state.