If you’re a sucker for fabricated food holidays, you might be interested to know that tomorrow (Tuesday) is National Oyster Day! But we don’t need a whole lot of incentive to get down with a dozen or so of the succulent, briny mollusks, and it looks like the rest of the world doesn’t either—nearly two million pounds are consumed every year. Of course, such an outsized demand often has dire consequences—New York was once one of the leading suppliers of pristine, harbor-grown oysters in the 1800’s. But a quickly depleting stock caused us to eventually introduce foreign oyster species, and with that came disease, essentially decimating each and every bed by the 1900’s.
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Taste Talks Food & Drink returns to Brooklyn September 12-14, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.