Waterbar's OysterFest Experiences a Bit of Shrinkage

​So maybe it's not the best time to expect diners to shell out for fancy prix-fixe evenings. Sluggish ticket sales caused Waterbar's OysterFest to shrink from a three-day event to a single three-hour session this Saturday, noon-3 p.m. Original plans called for an expanded oyster selection on Waterbar's regular menu, and oyster-themed dinners in the restaurant's private dining room Thursday and Friday.

Saturday's event at Waterbar (399 The Embarcadero S. at Folsom) is still on. Expect a shucking contest, a slurping competition, and an oyster sauce-making battle. Tickets: $50, which gets you five food and wine tickets (additional tickets will cost you $5 each). Tastes include heirloom tomato gazpacho with oysters from Farallon, chili-lime cured oysters from Fish in Sausalito, oyster BLTs from Epic Roast House, Waterbar's chowder, and ginger-chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches from house pastry chef Emily Luchetti. OysterFets is a benefit for the San Mateo SurfRider Foundation.

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