Engaging the senses is the cornerstone of a GATHER experience. Each event is crafted to invite you to see, hear, taste and touch for a 360' view on food and the folks who are behind it's story.
FIRST UP: See, taste, smell with Cottage City Oysters Tour
We had a couple of special guests joining us on the island for the event - Paul Greenberg, best-selling author and oceans's advocate and Jody Burson from Big Green Egg. We thought the best way to insert them right into the conversation would be to insert them right into the action. First stop, Dan and Greg Martino (brothers) from Cottage City Oysters (whose bounty was the one of the highlights of the fantastic GATHER dinner) went deep, picking us up in their great little boat for a super cool 'tour' of their floating farm. On the boat was also (the infamous) and passionate Rick Karney from the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group who went head to head with Paul on facts, figures and fun tidbits on how truly amazing these (yummy) bivalves are. Did you know - oysters have the ability to change their sex? Or that eating four oysters a day gives you a complete daily supply of copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc? The things that we now know.
I love oysters. It's like kissing the sea on the lips." - Leon-Paul Fargue via Rick Karney
GATHER Part 1: Bites, Wines by Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association, a killer location and more..
gThe evening GATHER started out with making new and seeing old friends, it was like we curated our perfect dinner party - fisherman, educators, billionaires, activists, authors, TV Hosts and our good friends who were looking for a cool night out. While we don't want to pick favorites from Blue Crab Kitchen's menu, the locally sourced conch fritters paired perfectly with the lovely Chardonnay poured by J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines. And we were psyched to have brothers Dan and Greg Martino of Cottage City Oysters on hand, presenting an impressive array of their succulent oysters. Happy and full, we were excited to get the conversation going and headed into one of the bays on the working harbor of the Martha's Vineyard Shipyard.
Gotta love geeking out over the Big Green Egg grills. Peter Lodi our chef was gaga when the one and only Steven Raichlen, author, journalist, cooking teacher, TV host and of course grill master extraordinaire, saddled up with some juicy stories from his own EGG grilling adventures.
GATHER Part 1.5: Conversation with best-selling author and oceans advocate Paul Greenberg
Jane Seagrave, publisher of the Vineyard Gazette hosted a thoughtful conversation with Paul Greenberg about his passion for fish, then brought the conversation local via the voices of Rick Karney from the MV Shellfish Group, Mike Holtham of Menemsha Fish House, and Buddy Vanderhoop, famed local storyteller and charter boatsman. What was cool about this interaction is that the audience and participants really got a 360' story about how the food decisions we make, can and do tip the delicate balance of the oceans and our ponds.
GATHER Part 2: Dinner with Blue Crab Kitchen
The conversation spilled out from one to many as people parted ways from the first portion of the evening to the second. Those that stayed for dinner dined to the soft lapping waves of the lagoon, the rise of the June solstice full moon (we couldn't have planned it better), and the roar of animated chatter and dinner plates.
A table laid for those who love to experience their food - from idea, source to plate.
If you just can't stand it and want more...Mr. Raichlen shot a little video that says it all.