By Linda Hunter
Join The Watershed Project, James Beard Award-winning author Rowan Jacobsen, and special guests for music, oysters, champagne, libations and hors d’oeuvres from the Bay Area’s finest sustainable restaurants, wineries and breweries, as well as a fabulous Silent Auction. Learn about our native oysters while helping restore the critical underwater ecosystems of our magnificent San Francisco Bay! With your ticket, you’ll also enjoy all the Aquarium has to offer, including the underwater tunnels, interactive touch pools and the new river otters exhibit.
Who’s Cookin’, Pourin’ and Shuckin’: Waterbar; Fish; Farallon Restaurant; Epic Roasthouse; Fish; Cleanfish; 25 Lusk; Saltwater Oyster Depot; Hog Island Oyster Company; Tomales Bay Oyster Company; Handley Cellars; Radio Coteau; Poco Dolce and more!
Where: The Aquarium of the Bay, The Embarcadero & Beach Street, San Francisco.
When: Thursday, May 8, 2014, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Why: Oysters were once ubiquitous in the San Francisco Bay. Unfortunately, due to ecosystem degradation in the Bay, the native oyster population has plummeted over the last 150 years. The Watershed Project’s Living Shoreline Program educates youth and adults about the importance and benefits of oyster reefs as an essential part of our ecosystem.
Whether visiting endangered oystermen in Louisiana or cacao-gathering tribes in the Bolivian Amazon, Rowan Jacobsen’s subject is the importance of place in a world of increasing placelessness. His books include A Geography of Oysters, The Lost World, Shadows on the Gulf: A Journey Through Our Last Great Wetland and American Terroir, which was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2010 by Library Journal. Rowan writes for the New York Times, Harper’s, Outside, Sierra, ForbesLife, and others. He has been interviewed on All Things Considered, Splendid Table, and many other national programs, and has appeared on NBC, C-SPAN, MSNBC, and elsewhere. His food writing has received two James Beard Awards, an IACP Award, and has been included in the Best Food Writing anthology. He lives in Vermont, co-hosts the Vermont Public Radio segment The VPR Table, and speaks frequently throughout the country.
Betsy Rosenberg, our emcee for the night, is an award-winning broadcast news veteran turned green radioactivist. After working as a reporter/anchor for the CBS Radio network for several decades, Betsy decided to dedicate herself to bringing environmental content and consciousness to the mainstream media airwaves and audiences. For the past 15 years she has hosted and produced green radio programs, including the nation’s first daily green-themed show on the Air America Radio network. Betsy is also founder of the Don’t Be Fueled! GASroots campaign and co-founder of the newly launched WEATHER WE CARE campaign. In addition to FOX, Betsy has appeared as a guest on CNN Headline News/Comcast as well as a handful of local stations. She is currently working on her first book, tentatively titled The Green Elephant In The Room.
All of the restaurants, wineries, and breweries serving at Bubbles & Bivalves are committed to protecting our environment and have donated their time and talent to the event. All proceeds from ticket sales go directly to funding The Watershed Project.
To purchase tickets, click here.
Can’t make our event, but still want to support the Watershed Project? On May 6, just two days before Bubbles and Bivalves, we’re participating in East Bay Gives, a 24 hour online giving event for local organizations. It’s all part of a nationwide movement of participating nonprofits and community foundations creating one day focused on everyone taking action to make the world better. We hope you will consider supporting us. To give on Tuesday, May 6, please visit East Bay Gives.
Looking forward to seeing you on May 8th!