Walrus and Carpenter Oysters & north

Earlier this summer a friend and I drove to Charlestown, Rhode Island for a tour of the Walrus and Carpenter Oyster company and a dinner cooked on the shore of Ninigret pond by north’s James Mark. This was an experience that makes you re-evaluate any meal you’ve had in the past or will have in the future. We took boats across the Ninigret Pond where our oyster farming hosts Jules and Phoebe displayed bags of oysters in different stages of development. After plucking a large sack out of the pond, we docked at an ingenious impromptu raw bar and were free to shuck and sip prosecco to hearts content. The boys from north had four courses waiting on the shore; charred tomato panzanella, squid with fermented chilies, quahog and oyster escabeche and a grilled lobster pile.