May 19, 2016 |
A car door slammed on South Reeds Beach Road, and 300 feeding shorebirds - ruddy turnstones, sandpipers, and red knots - took wing, shrieking out over the Delaware Bay. The commotion caught the attention of Rutgers University biologist Joanna Burger. She rose from the nearby bulkhead where she was monitoring an experiment, and started walking over. All seemed calm on this Middle Township beach in Cape May County. And yet there is growing tension here between economics and ecology, conservationist and oyster farmer.
May 5, 2016
Two decades ago, Sam Calagione launched Dogfish Head in Delaware - and helped jump-start America's craft brewing revolution by taking an innovative "culinary" approach to beer, adding unconventional ingredients like coffee, raisins, saffron, and maple syrup long before strange add-ins became, well, the norm. Now, he's transforming the oyster as we know it by infusing the holding pens of Chesapeake Bay oysters at Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Co. with a "tea" made with smoked salts.
December 1, 2015 |
The afternoon wore on and Snockey's, the century-old South Philly oyster house, began running out of things - crab cakes, littleneck clams, time. One customer, Arlene Campbell, was told by co-owner Ken Snock that her takeout order was the last one Snockey's would ever serve. She walked out with boxes filled with shrimp, clams, and salmon for her family. It was standing-room-only around the small bar, and behind it staff bustled, shucking the last oysters and serving the last beers and Bloody Marys to the last rush of customers who would ever walk through Snockey's doors.
November 2, 2015 |
LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. - As the Jersey Shore's fledgling oyster aquaculture industry continues to expand, a new study proposes that it be restricted because of its potential harmful impact on the endangered red knots and other migratory birds along the state's Delaware Bay shoreline. An environmental report by the state Endangered and Nongame Species Program suggests that oyster aqua-farmers should have limited access to their crops on the bay during the spring migration of the red knot.
August 30, 2015 |
What it is: Sometimes one thing - perhaps a song or a place - can encapsulate an entire summer in one neat sensory keepsake. Maybe it's a meal in which tastes and textures converge to create a bit of summer bliss on a plate - like the broiled Atlantic flounder with Jersey Fresh vegetables served at the Oyster Creek Inn in Leeds Point. Chef Scott Kuppel says the rustic restaurant, at the edge of a salt marsh, usually begins serving the fish dish in June, just when delectable Jersey-grown veggies such as sweet corn, tomatoes, and spinach are coming into season.
August 24, 2015 |
One recent afternoon, the oysters (and a few clams) were making their star turns at Oyster House on Sansom Street - a mouthwatering postscript to a South Jersey shellfish story all but ended by a stunting parasite in 1950. Out came icy platters of Dias Creek's Venus offerings, informed by local vegetation; Betsy's Cape Shore Salts, farmed by the daughter of Hal Haskin, the researcher credited with rescuing the fishery; and a briny new baby - reminiscent of New England's coveted Wellfleet - called Forty North: Its racks line the flats off Barnegat Bay, its meat is salty with ocean.
July 3, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt of Craig LaBan's online chat : Craig LaBan: I learned the very sad news this morning that my friend Ed Hitzel - the South Jersey food critic, publisher, and broadcaster - died Monday night at 64 of a heart attack while eating at one of his favorite restaurants, Joe Italiano's Maplewood Restaurant in Hammonton. Eddie, as he was known to friends and listeners of his "Table for One" radio show (on WOND-1400 AM and, more recently, WIP-610 AM), had become a true South Jersey restaurant icon, publishing a well-read magazine (Ed Hitzel's Restaurant Magazine)
June 28, 2015 |
CAPE MAY - Lying 50 yards off the shore of a remote cove along a stretch of mud flats on the Delaware Bay - where prehistoric man once cultivated oysters with a kind of primitive aquaculture - modern-day researchers and aqua-farmers have been working hand in hand for more than a decade to seed and grow New Jersey's beleaguered oyster industry. And the results are paying off in a farm-to-table Cinderella story that has taken oysters out of the depths of blight- and disease-decimated shellfish populations, through the thorny trial and error of scientific research, and into a recovery phase that is producing a marketable product fit for gourmands.
March 24, 2015 |
The fates of a migratory shorebird, horseshoe crabs, and the state's oyster industry have converged at the center of a debate over how each should be accommodated where they come together every spring, in New Jersey tidal flats along the Delaware Bay. Wildlife advocates hope to restore the dwindling population of red knots, small birds that federal authorities listed as a threatened species about three months ago. The bird's round-trip migration of...
June 30, 2014 |
There's a Manhattan aging in a barrel on a bar by the beach, flanked by 29 taps of craft beer. There's another bar, a so-called speakeasy, tucked behind a tiny wine store where diners buy bottles at $15 over retail to go with some wacky small plates, or choose from more than 280 whiskies. And what is that sound I keep hearing at the Jersey Shore? It's the sizzle of prime steaks on the grill. The shell-crack of crabs dusted in Old Bay. The dull click of raw-bar oysters being unhinged, their briny liquor glistening in the salt air. This is the summer of moving on by the sea, with a fine drink in hand and some old-school indulgences on my plate.