Shuck and Swallow with Us Tomorrow at Ghirardelli Square

Robert Lauriston
Get ready to gulp. Seriously.
​People like oysters. And they like dolphins. They're not totally unrelated: Both are cold, wet, and both, though we've never tasted a dolphin (not knowingly, anyway), allegedly damn tasty. Tomorrow, McCormick & Kuleto's (Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point at Polk) offers a sort of mashup of these fellow sea creatures, with its 16th annual Shuck and Swallow oyster challenge, followed by a benefit for the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, which works to protect things like dolphins and seals.

First up at 5 p.m.: An oyster shucking and eating competition, with reps from Anchor & Hope, 21st Amendment, Ana Mandara, Farallon, and Sauce, among others. Teams will open and slurp as many oysters as possible in 10 minutes (the current record is just under 200). From 6 to 8 p.m., you'll be able to swallow your own oysters (though you won't have to shuck) at a wine and oyster tasting, like we said, a benefit for the Marine Mammal Center. Being a spectator at the shucking competition is free; the benefit tasting is $30.

The roster of judges for the October 6 shucking contest include this blogger, axed DJs Fernando and Greg the Gay Sportscaster from now-defunct Energy 92.7, and Lick My Spoon blogger Stephanie Im. Delicious.

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