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PRESS RELEASE: Billion Oyster Party Tickets On Sale

March 1, 2018



On April 27, NYC restaurants and sustainable oyster farms from across the nation join Billion Oyster Project to offer a special evening filled with oyster sampling, bites from master chefs, premium beverage pairings, and an oyster-farmer vs chefs shucking competition. Proceeds benefit Billion Oyster Project’s work to restore 1 billion oysters to New York Harbor the year 2035.


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NEW YORK, NY, MARCH 1, 2018: Billion Oyster Project’s 5th annual Billion Oyster Party will take place Friday, April 27, 2018, 7–10pm, at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. VIP tickets will include an early access hour from 6–7pm and general access if from 7–10pm.

New Yorkers are invited to treat themselves to the ultimate oyster experience as the community celebrates the movement to bring oyster reefs and biodiversity back to New York City waters. Delicacies from top New York City chefs will include Peekytoe Crab Lettuce Cups with Lemon Aioli and Dill, an Oyster with Rose Mignonette Foam served with a Cheddar Corn Muffin, and Mackerel Crudo with Orange and Aleppo Peppers. Long-Island-based Blue Point Brewing Company will unveil a special new brew made for the occasion and celebrating their partnership with Billion Oyster Project.

The theme of the evening: It takes a city to restore NY Harbor. Entertainment will include an oyster shucking contest between oyster farmers and NYC’s top chefs. Students from the New York Harbor School will also lead games and skill-building activities that show guests just how tricky restoring NY Harbor can be. Professional Diving students, for example, will guide guests through an exploratory activity that demonstrates what it feels like to deep-dive in the naturally murky waters of New York City. There will also be a live art auction, themed around all things water.

Proceeds from the event will support Billion Oyster Project’s work in restoration and education. With the help of The Lobster Place and 60+ restaurants donating their oyster shells, Billion Oyster Project aims to plant 1 billion oysters in New York Harbor by the year 2035, creating 100 acres of oyster reefs, and engaging 1 million students in restoration education. Oysters are remarkable for their ability to act as ecosystem engineers, attracting thousands of species to their reefs. In New York City, one of the world’s largest ports, oyster reefs can also help to protect from storm damage from weather events such as Hurricane Sandy.

Tickets are on sale now at, for $500 for VIP tickets and $175 for general admission tickets.

Participating oyster farms include 401 Oysters, Barnegat Collective, Baywater Shellfish, Behan Family Farm, Blue Island Oysters, Blue Yonder Oyster Farm, Cape Cod Oyster Co., Cape Hatteras Oyster Farm, Cape May Salt Oyster Farm, Capital Oysters, Chelsea Farms, Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farm, Devil Shoal Oyster & Clam Company, Duxbury Oyster Co, East Beach Oyster Co, Empire Oysters, Fishers Island Oyster Farm, Great Gun Shellfish Farm, Hama Hama, Hog Island Oyster Co., Hollywood Oyster Company, Island Creek Oysters, Little Creek Oyster Farm, Maris Stella Farms, Merry Island Oysters, Montauk Shellfish Co, Mook Sea Farm, Niantic Bay Shellfish Farm, Oyster Boss, Oyster Harbor Farm, Pacific Seafood/ Coast Seafood Co., Peconic Gold Oysters Inc, Salt Water Farms/ American Mussel, Slash Creek Oyster Farm, Stella Mar Oyster Company, Rappahanock Oyster Co, Taylor Shellfish, Thatch Island Oyster Farm, Thimble Island Oysters, Watch Hill Oysters, Wellfleet Shellfish Company

Participating restaurants include Brooklyn Crab, Bungalow Bar, Crave Fishbar, Cull & Pistol, Eataly, Gramercy Tavern, Lighthouse, London Lennies, Mercer Kitchen, Midnights, Morimoto, Oceana, Pier A, Saltaire Oyster Bar & Fish House, and Steve’s Key Lime Pies.

Participating beverage sponsors include Blue Point Brewing Company, Tito’s, Lieb Wine Cellars, and more.

Event sponsors include Bloomberg Philanthropies, Building Conservation Trust, BMO Capital Markets, Metalshark, Kamco, Moore Charitable, Fishers Island, Barclays, and In the Raw.

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For those unable to attend the Billion Oyster Party, additional ways for students, teachers, restaurants, and volunteers to help can be found at BOP.NYC. Sign up for the Billion Oyster Project e-newsletter list for updates.

Pioneer Works is located at 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (between Conover Street and Van Brunt Street). It is a two-block walk from the Red Hook / Atlantic Basin ferry stop.


For sponsorship and event inquiries, please contact:
Madeline Wachtel:

For media inquiries, please contact:
Jennifer Ballesteros:
212.458.0800, ext 6516

About Billion Oyster Project
Launched in 2014, Billion Oyster Project is an ecosystem restoration and education movement aimed at restoring one billion live oysters to New York Harbor by the year 2035. With the ability to filter water, provide habitat for many marine species, and help shield NYC shorelines from storm damage, oysters have the power to protect life in and out of the water.

To date, Billion Oyster Project has planted 25 million oysters so far, engaging 6,000+ students, 9,000+ volunteers, and 60+ NYC restaurant partners. The project’s hands-on science and restoration curriculum is taught at 70 schools across the city. To follow the journey toward 1 billion oysters restored, subscribe to Billion Oyster Project’s e-newsletter at, and follow @billionoyster on Twitter and Instagram and @billionoysterproject on Facebook.


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