Oyster cook-off exceeds expectations

Apalachicola firefighters perform for the crowd at Saturday’s oyster cook-off. Photo available for purchase

Apalachicola firefighters perform for the crowd at Saturday’s oyster cook-off.

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 03:28 PM.


Organizers of the third annual Oyster Cook-off are delighted at how well Saturday’s event went, and with the large amount of funds raised for the Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Department.

Marisa Getter, who helped coordinate the event, said the affair, held under sunny skies and drawing a surprisingly robust number of visitors, deposited more than $25,000 in the day of the event, plus drew more than $7,000 in sponsors.

In addition, credit card charges for the silent auction and additional sponsors are still coming in. “I can safely say we drew over $33,000 for the gross,” said Getter.

Happiest of all the attendees at Saturday’s cook-off had to be members of the Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department, who walked away with top honors for their “Lazy Lester,” a deep dish oysters Rockefeller, garnished with romaine lettuce and lemon wedges.

The team, overseen by Capt Jim Joyner, took pains to improve on their presentation this year, serving up their culinary delight on an antique sea motif platter.

A second place finish was the prize for Rusty Hamlin, who created a half-shell oyster, topped with smoked mullet stone-ground grits, Bradley sausage and parmesan crumble. Hamlin is the executive chef for the Zac Brown Band, a country/folk band based in Atlanta that is on tour.

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