Friday, March 8, 2013

Vin de Set Hosts Fifth Annual Oysters Five Ways Festival Sunday, March 10

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM

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This festival is an offshoot of Schlafly's annual Stout and Oyster Festival, and the restaurant will have a selection of Schlafly's stout beers, such as its Coffee Stout, Nitro Irish Stout and Oatmeal Stout for sale.

Magruder says the 1,400 oysters the restaurant had flown in specifically for the festival are just a small "nugget" of what Schlafly has brought in for its celebration: Penn Cove Shellfish dedicated an entire cove to the brewery's event and have begun delivering approximately 36,000 oysters to Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust Street; 314-241-2337).

Oysters are not a regular feature of Vin De Set's menu, so Magruder says it's a rare treat to have so many delivered fresh to their doorstep.

"I am pumped," he says. "How crazy to be in St. Louis and to have oysters this fresh. This is something that, economically, we can't do all the time."

Magruder says that the fifth time around, he expects to see some familiar faces. He says the restaurant has had some "seasoned vets" come every year so far -- and they always bring more friends to the next one.

"Their groups keep getting larger," Magruder says.

Reservations for Sunday night are filling up fast, but Magruder tells us the restaurant still has a little wiggle room for last-minute participants to nab a spot. The restaurant will start serving the oysters at 4 p.m. until they run out.

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