If you’re tired of having to eat stick-to-your-ribs food with the air conditioner on then check out my recipe for speckled green bulgur with red potato sauce over at Marcus Samuelsson’s blog…it’s the perfect mix of fall and summer.


I have next to no experience with oysters or beer, and yet when the fabulous folks over at PALM breweries asked me if I wanted to attend the Oyster Bash hosted by Ted Allen at NYC’s Wine and Food Festival and receive a little info session on how to pair beer with food.  I said absolutely hands down yes.


Simple.  I am the lone beer amateur in a group of friends that is chock full of beer connoisseurs.  I need to step up my game (or at least have something intelligible to say on the subject at parties).


Thankfully, David van Wees and Anthony Giardina, the two PALM representatives present at the Oyster Bash, did just that.  They explained to me that it’s PALM’s unique ratio of ingredients and mode of preparation that gives it such a crisp refreshing flavor that pairs well with just about anything.

Oysters, red velvet cake, ice cream sundaes.  You name it and this beer will compliment it.


Speaking of oysters, I’m fairly certain I ate more of them at this bash than I ever have in my entire life combined!  Not only was there an abundance of plain oysters that you could dress with lemon juice or some cocktail sauce but eight different chefs were there presenting their best oyster recipes as well.


My favorites were certainly the Greek Style oysters by Chef Michael Cressotti, the BBQ Sauce and Smoked Coleslaw oysters by Chef Shane McBride, and the Greek Yogurt and Pomegranate Oysters by Chef Michael Psilakis.

All in all, it was a day to be remembered both food-wise and beverage-wise.

Picnik collage

Thank you so much for the kind folks over at PALM for giving me this opportunity and for introducing me to my new favorite beer!

Disclaimer: Though I did get to attend this event for free, my thoughts and opinions on it are my own.  I received no monetary compensation for this post.


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40 Responses to Speckled Green Bulgur with Red Potato Sauce…and a Review of THe Oyster Bash hosted by PALM Beer!

  1. That looks like an awesome event! Pairing beer with different foods can be tons of fun. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed!

  2. Sam says:

    Sounds like so much fun! On a tangetially related note: I’ve finally figured out that the guy I’ve been seeing in my neighborhood that “totally looks like Ted Allen” is actually Ted Allen. I don’t get excited about running into actors…TV personalities that talk about food. Definitely.

  3. Big Dude says:

    What a great event to get to go to, especially for free. Over the years I’ve laid out a lot of cash on beer and oysters – they go exceptionally well together.

  4. Love that bulgur! I’ve been meaning to use some up, this is perfect!

  5. girlichef says:

    Cool! This sounds so fun. Cool pic of Ted =) I’ll be on the look out for PALM, I’ve never seen it…and I’m quite the connoisseur (in my mind).

  6. bellini says:

    It’s at times like this that I wish I lived in the big city, and especially the Big Apple. What a wonderful event Joanne.

  7. Deborah says:

    I’ve only tried an oyster once, and I’d definitely eat them again. This looks like a fun event!!

  8. Cara says:

    Sounds like a really great event! I’ve had oysters a few times, but just with cocktail sauce – I’ve never seen them prepared as creatively as you got to try them. And by the way, if you really want to enjoy beer, now is the perfect time: it’s pumpkin beer season! Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale is my favorite, if you need a rec 🙂

  9. Catherine says:

    Dear Joanne, It looks like you have a great day. I am happy for you. Everything looks delicious and fun. Blessings. Catherine xo

  10. Geni says:

    I am likewise a beer novice. Sounds like you had a great time and the food looks fabulous!

  11. Huuummmm…beer and oysters! Sounds amazing! But beer and ice cream sundae? I think I’ll pass! 🙂

    Camila Faria

  12. Jenna says:

    What a fun time! I have yet to eat an oyster, but I plan on making it happen before I die.

  13. That Girl says:

    I have plenty of experience with beer, but I tend to avoid oyster.

  14. Katelyn says:

    So jealous! I love both beer and oysters. I’ve never heard of Palm though. Was there a specific beer you liked? I just checked out their website and it looks like they brew 15 different Belgian styles.

  15. brocstar says:

    I’ve never tried oysters.. the slimey-ness of them always turned me off.

  16. Patsyk says:

    What a fun event! I bet you’ll have more than a few intelligible words to say about beer now!

  17. vianney says:

    How fun!! I love that they were served fresh, not fried..ahh with beer too heavy!!

  18. Kelly says:

    Ok, the photos in this post are making me want to dash outside and install on a terrace with a deep, dark brew and some oysters… if only the sun was shining!! I’m totally jealous. What a hoot 🙂

  19. Miriam says:

    Looks like a great time was had! I’m glad you got to go :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  20. Claudia says:

    Oh boy, do you ever have a difficult life, a real grind, but as they say, somebody’s got to do it! I’d almost fly to NY for that event.

  21. kankana says:

    Such a fun party . I enjoy shell fish but never tried oyester and super intimated about the ‘raw oyester’ idea.

  22. Erica says:

    It sounds like a wonderful event!

  23. Candace says:

    I’ve never heard of Palm beer. I’m going to have to look for that. What a fun event! I would have even tried the oysters and that’s unusual for me as I usually won’t even consider that.

  24. Mary says:

    This sounds like a really great event. Your photos are fabulous and I’m heading over to the MS blogto check your recipe.I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  25. debbie says:

    Love oysters and had them this weekend in fact at our annual Ham & Oyster dinner that our church has. Looks like you had a great time…..hey, the beer looks pretty good too!

  26. Sippity Sup says:

    I wish I had been there to step up my game with you. GREG

  27. newlywed says:

    I love bulgur, and don’t see that many recipes for it. Thanks for sharing this one!

  28. Mary says:

    What a fun night! I’d love to not be the beer amateur among friends. Of course, I might not have liked it at all, but it still sounds like a great time.

  29. Claire says:

    The bulgur looks great…have some waiting to be used! Mmmm…

  30. Carolyn Jung says:

    What an oyster feast! OK, so how many dozens did you kick back with? 😉

  31. You go to all the fun events! I love Ted, he is such a nice guy! Looks like fun.

  32. Pam says:

    Okay, I have a question… You are a vegetarian but you eat seafood? Just oysters or all seafood? Just curious. I have vegetarian friends who only eat chicken and some that only eat fish. I guess it depends on the person.

    How fun that you got to try tasty oysters and beer – my husband would have been in heaven!

  33. What a great post and love your photos ..looks like you had an amazing time!

  34. What a fab day! I’ve only just developed a “like” for oysters. Im still not in love although with a good dressing, I might just be

  35. Wow, what a party! Charles got me into oysters, I have never had them before meeting him. They are indeed a treat.

  36. Dawn says:

    What a fun event! I just had some steamed oysters over the weekend. SOOO good.

  37. OMG that looks sooo awesome!!! Great pics…every looks great! 🙂

  38. Nicole says:

    Color me green with envy… 🙁

  39. Chris says:

    Knoxville had our annual beer event yesterday but alas I was still reeling from the cold our family has had all week so I missed out (as I did with the Jack Daniels BBQ contest).

    The event you got to go to looks top notch, especially with all of those chefs there. I am proud to see you chose the BBQ/smoke oyster, ha ha. Glad you got to go.

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