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Frequently Asked Questions

We understand there may be many questions about adding a raw bar to your event. We specialize in creating unforgettable culinary experiences featuring the freshest seafood from the local waters.

Whether you're planning a dream wedding, a corporate event to impress, or an intimate gathering, we have the perfect menu to tantalize your taste buds.

Here are some frequently asked questions to help you get started:

What areas do you cater raw bars?

We cater raw bars to Cape Cod, Boston, South Shore, North Shore, Southern Maine, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. We will travel farther for events over 150 guests. Our raw bars are a showstopping centerpiece for any event. We feature a vast selection of freshly shucked oysters, clams, littleneck necks, and shrimp, all displayed beautifully on a bed of ice.

What do you bring to the event?

We bring the whole set up which includes all of the seafood and sauces, table with white table cloth, shucking boat, ice, serving plates, napkins, and shell disposal.

When will you be serving during the wedding?

We will be serving for one to two hours during cocktail hours after the reception. We will come before the reception and be all set up before the end of the reception. We specialize in creating a truly memorable seafood experience for your wedding day. We offer a variety of options, a casual cocktail reception with a raw bar and passed hors d'oeuvres.

I have dietary restrictions/allergies. What am I able to have?

We will be serving raw shellfish so we will need to know if you have a shellfish allergy. We do not have any vegetarian or vegan options but our shellfish and sauces are gluten free.

How do I make my payment?

We offer a 10% discount if a 50% deposit is made within four months of the date of the event. We accept paypal, checks, and cash.

Can you eat oysters raw?

Yes, oysters are typically eaten raw, but they can also be cooked. When eaten raw, oysters should be shucked by a professional or someone who knows what they are doing. Raw oysters can contain harmful bacteria, so it is important to make sure they are safe to eat.

What are the best months to eat oysters?

There is a saying that oysters are best in months with an "R" in them, which is September through April. This is because oysters spawn in the summer, and their quality can decline during this time. However, oysters can be eaten safely and enjoyably year-round.

What are the different types of oysters?

There are many different types of oysters, each with its own unique flavor and texture. Some popular types of oysters include:

Bluepoint oysters: These oysters are from Long Island, New York, and are known for their briny flavor.
Kumamoto oysters: These oysters are from Japan and are known for their sweet and creamy flavor.
Malpeque oysters: These oysters are from Prince Edward Island, Canada, and are known for their mild flavor.

Duxbury Oysters: A symphony of briny and buttery, a quintessential taste of the Massachusetts coast. 

Maine oysters: Crisp, briny, with a hint of sweetness, embody the coastal essence, a taste of the sea's embrace.

Wellfleet oysters: Sweet brine and crisp finish, Wellfleet's kiss of the sea, a briny delight.

How do you shuck an oyster?

Shucking an oyster can be dangerous if not done properly. It is important to use a sharp oyster knife and to be careful not to cut yourself. Here are the basic steps on how to shuck an oyster:

Rinse the oyster in cold water.
Locate the hinge of the oyster.
Insert the oyster knife into the hinge and twist it to open the oyster.
Carefully remove the oyster from the shell.
Discard the top shell.
Serve the oyster with a squeeze of lemon juice and a dash of hot sauce.

What are the nutritional benefits of oysters?

Oysters are a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. They are especially high in zinc, which is important for the immune system. Oysters also contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for heart health.

Where Do I get Oysters?

We at Otter Rock Shellfish highly recommend Duxbury Oyster Company and The Real Oyster Cult for all your at home oyster delivery needs. Make sure to tell them we sent you!

Can I customize a menu?

Absolutely! We offer a variety of menus to choose from, but we are also happy to work with you to create a menu that reflects your preferences and dietary needs.

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