Hey mothershuckers—a specialty raw bar event is headed to downtown St. Pete next week.
This tasty, yet educational, pop-up happens on Monday, July 18 from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. at downtown St. Pete’s Bandit Coffee Co, located at 2662 Central Ave.
Guests will have the opportunity to meet the founders of Lost Coast Oysters, Brian and Lindsey Rosegger, as well as chat with them about farming, sustainability, and the positive effects of aquaculture in the Tampa Bay area.
Alongside its raw bar will be a variety of a la carte small plates put together by Bandit’s chefs—which include a sourdough focaccia with guava butter and basil oil, shoestring fries topped with smoked paprika and fermented shisito mayo, a salad stacked with pickled chanterelle mushrooms, plum, fennel, herbs and tomatoes, and a chanterelle mushroom toast with a rosemary phyllo crisp, roasted garlic, white balsamic vinegar and chives.
The final— and perhaps most exciting—item on Bandit’s specialty menu is a surf n’ turf glizzy with blue crab, whipped avocado, pico de gallo and crunchy shallots , all served on a homemade brioche bun.
There’s no door fee for this Monday night event, but Bandit’s small plates will range from $6-$9. The locally-raised oysters—sold by the half dozen and dozen—will be sold at market price. Lost Coast Oyster Co. could not confirm what that price will be just yet.
The freshly-shucked oysters can be served with a side of horseradish, Lost Coast’s signature strawberry mignonette, cocktail sauce or lemon slices. David Heath of Arash Selects, a Florida-based importer and distributor, will also be there pouring a handpicked selection of natural wines that will compliment the fresh oysters and small plates.
“Our oysters are raised by hand here in the Bay Area, and that’s where we want them to be enjoyed. In a community that holds the hyper-local ‘foodie’ movement close to their hearts, we are honored to be a part of it,” the Lost Coast website reads.
A representative from Lost Coast Oysters Co. told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that Monday night’s pop-up will be the freshest farm-to-table experience around, as the oysters present at the event will be harvested that same morning.
The company’s ultimate goal is to create a sustainable product that preserves Florida’s unique environments and promotes the restoration of its natural ecosystems. Lost Coast also recycles all of its used shells right back to their farm, which is located right in St. Pete’s Lealman neighborhood.
And if you can’t make it to Monday’s raw bar pop-up, you can slurp Lost Coast oysters at various restaurant throughout Tampa Bay, such as Bern’s Steakhouse, Ulele, Urban Stillhouse, Alto Mare Fish House, Haven and Bascom’s Chop House.
The local oyster company doesn’t have any other events planned, but the husband and wife duo will host personalized raw bar pop-ups at your wedding or backyard BBQ, upon request. Contact them on Instagram, Facebook or at [email protected] for any inquiries.