We've got warm weather and a more-than-usual festive vibe in the City today. One room with a view that always tickles our happy hour fancy is Waterbar (399 The Embarcadero South), nestled under that often-pretty Bay Bridge light show. 24/7 you get straight up dramatic views of the water. Add a bivalve expert and the scenic outing now takes on the kind of food-scholarly tone we live for: oyster writer and James Beard award-winner Rowan Jacobsen is at Waterbar tonight and will be shucking oysters on the patio from 5 to 6 p.m. while debriefing tipplers and those who love them on his book A Geography of Oysters.
We may breathlessly await the next chapter in the Drakes Bay Oyster Company saga locally, but Jacobsen will sign and shuck while talking about the bigger oyster picture. (How he goes from oyster glove to Sharpie pen, only the night will tell.) This special happy hour gives oyster fans the chance to dig deeper on a fine food that has a terroir of its own.
The book's premise takes us right to the literary pearls and estuaries within: "Region by region, he describes each oyster's appearance, flavor, origin, and availability, as well as explaining how oysters grow, how to shuck them without losing a finger, how to pair them with wine (not to mention beer), and why they're one of the only kinds of farmed seafood that are actually good for the earth as well as good for you." BYOB to this deck party- meaning, Bring Your Own Bib.