The Dish

THE DISH

September 07, 2005|By Nichole Wright | By Nichole Wright,SUN STAFF

OYSTERS: THE RAW FACTS

Are you ready for oysters?

September, being an R month, brings the start of oyster season. To celebrate, Legal Sea Foods is hoping to introduce consumers to the world of the oyster.

Here are some oyster facts to consider:

Although the advice to eat oysters only in months with R's in them dates back hundreds of years, today's farming and refrigeration practices make it safe to eat oysters all year long (although some connoisseurs believe oysters harvested in the cool months are more flavorful).

Oysters provide the most concentrated natural source of zinc, which strengthens the immune system and may help fight the common cold.

There are five main types of oysters available in the United States, the most common being the Atlantic oysters found along the Eastern seaboard.

A serving of six medium oysters contains 57 calories, six grams of protein and less cholesterol than a chicken breast.

Casual coasters

Hold on to the whimsy of summer a little longer with sandal-shaped wine coasters from California-based Carrie and Co.

They are available for $5 each through Duck's General Store. For more information or to order, call 800-742-1131.

Noteworthy gifts

Looking for a fun housewarming gift? Towson's Thanks, Hon! offers a host of fun gift items that include the "All out of ... " magnetic notepad, a kitchen organizer that allows you to check off the most commonly shopped-for items and even write in your own; "What to eat," a magnetic weekly meal-planning notepad; a carryout menu organizer; and instruction-imprinted oven mitts and dish towels.

Thanks, Hon! is at 22 Alleghany Ave. and is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The telephone number is 410-494-4438.

Recipe for rhyming

If you desire inspiration in the kitchen but aren't sure where to look, try food and wine lover magnetic poetry kits.

Each kit contains more than 240 word magnets about food and wine that can be stuck to your refrigerator and rearranged as you please. The kits are available for $9.95 at Borders and Barnes and Noble bookstores.

EVENTS

The American Institute of Wine & Food, Baltimore chapter, and the Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will hold a symposium on the food industry from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Center Stage, 700 N. Charles St. $25. Call 410-244-0044 or e-mail aiwfbaltimore@yahoo.com for reservations.

Learn the secrets of selecting and using olive oil at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Donna's, 5950 Waterloo Road, Columbia. $35. Call 410-569-5248, ext. 112, for reservations.

Explore wine and cheese at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at For the Love of Food, 20 Clarks Lane, Reisterstown. $65. Call 410-833-5579 or 443-865-0630 or visit www.fortheloveoffood.com.

On Monday, you can eat out for a good cause when local restaurants, including the Brass Elephant, Amicci's, Ciao Bella, Della Notte and Vespa, will donate 10 percent of their proceeds from their day's sales to the ALS Association DC / MD / VA Chapter, the region's leading resource for people living with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. For more information, visit www.alsinfo.org.

The Dish welcomes food news and notes. Send to The Dish, Attn.: Liz Atwood, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-783-2519; e-mail food@baltsun.com.

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