Please join us on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 for a special screening of Ocean Frontiers II at Old Dominion University, followed by a Q & A with a panel of local experts.

In a region steeped in old maritime tradition, the film tells the story of a modern wave of big ships, offshore wind energy and a changing climate, and how people are coming together to plan for a healthy ocean off their coast.

We will be part of the panel after the movie and would love to see you there.

We will be part of the panel after the movie and would love to see you there.

The concern is mainly centered on our local ocean waters but the Chesapeake Bay will no doubt factor into the discussion. Come see and hear about where we are as a region in regards to planning for these changes to our coastal living future.

RSVP: “Ocean Frontiers II” Film & Panel Discussion at Old Dominion University – Tues. Feb 23, 2016

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Ocean Frontiers II Film Screening and Panel Discussion
When: Tuesday, February 23, 2016; 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Old Dominion University Theater, 4608 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23529. FREE parking across the street in Garage D.
Free admission, snacks and refreshments
RSVP here to save your seat.

Come learn about the draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Plan – being released for public review this spring – and how we can help sustain the ocean environment, marine livelihoods and coastal cultures in our increasingly busy Virginia waters.

An interactive panel discussion takes place after the film, with:
Laura McKay – Program Manager, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program; Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body Member
Joe Atangan – Physical Scientist, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, U.S. Navy; Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body Member
Capt. Chris Ludford – Owner, Pleasure House Oysters
Matt Gove – Mid-Atlantic Policy Manager, Surfrider Foundation
Moderator: Gwen Lockhart – GIS Research Specialist, VA Aquarium and Marine Science Center

This event is hosted by Old Dominion University (ODU), Virginia Sea Grant, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, VA Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Surfrider Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oceana, Virginia Chapter Sierra Club, VA Sun, Mitigation & Adaptation Research Institute, ODU Marine Biology Student Association, ODU Earth and Ocean Sciences Club, ODU Student National Environmental Health Association, Mid-Atlantic Regional Transition Hub, and Green Fire Productions.

More details here.

The south is your oyster – in Southern Living magazine

Thank you for selecting us to be in Southern Living 50 Best Places in the South Now.

View our mention in Southern Living magazine page 160 in your print version.

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Have you experienced dining IN the Lynnhaven?

Pleasure House Oysters’ Chef’s Table Tour, offered on the Lynnhaven River in Virginia Beach

“My mission is to produce an oyster in a safe and healthy manner that promotes the reputation of this river.”

The Virginian-Pilot On the Lynnhaven River, oyster population sees a comeback – and conflict December 12th 2015:

If allowed to do what he proposes, he says, he’d accelerate the river’s remarkable improvement. He’d also contribute to a seafood industry that, he points out, state officials have worked hard to invigorate. Last month, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the opening of a Virginia Oyster Trail in hopes of drawing tourists eager to eat their way through the tidal region.

To many of those whose multimillion-dollar homes would look out over Ludford’s new grounds, however, the oyster leases would mark . . .

Oysterman Chris Ludford pulls oyster cages into shallow water . . .  Photo Credit: The' N. Pham | The Virginian-Pilot

Oysterman Chris Ludford pulls oyster cages into shallow water . . . Photo Credit: The’ N. Pham | The Virginian-Pilot

We sincerely hope you read this entire article and join the discussion at
Start here to read On the Lynnhaven River, oyster population sees a comeback – and conflict

“The big thing that makes these oysters special is the proximity to the Chesapeake Bay and the ocean,” Ludford says as he steers the fiberglass boat, his vivid orange waders providing striking contrast to the brilliant blue sky.

VIRGINIA: Pleasure House Oysters Helps Restore at Green Global Travel November 2015

“They called their first three winters here ‘the starving times,’” says Ludford, an avid history buff. “The colonists had to live off of what they found because they weren’t able to clear the land for agrarian purposes. So the Chesepian Indians showed them how to live off of the land, particularly deer, fish, and oysters. Back then these oysters were a matter of sustenance, not luxury.”

It was great to meet Bret Love & Mary Gabbett of Green Global Travel !

It was great to meet Bret Love & Mary Gabbett of Green Global Travel !


Read the rest of the outstanding article at Green Global Travel!

Join us on a Tour like Bret & Mary did. Start your experience here.

“That last item is a sauce for Lynnhaven River Pleasure House Oysters, one of the seven hors d’oeuvres on Wykle’s menu and one of several dishes designed to acquaint New York diners with the flavors of Virginia, and especially Tidewater.”

Chef Jesse Wykle of Zoes is crafting some Tidewater goodness at the James Beard Foundation Virginia Beach Bash in NYC this evening.


Hors d’Oeuvre
Pleasure House Oysters with Kimchi Mignonette . . .

Enjoy Lorraine Eaton’s article at

Julia Child equated the experience to a musician performing at Carnegie Hall. Local chefs who have made the trek include Todd Jurich of Todd Jurich’s Bistro in Norfolk; Sam McGann, executive chef and co-owner of Blue Point in Duck, N.C., and Rodney Einhorn of Virginia Beach’s Terrapin Restaurant.


Best of luck to our friend Chef Jesse Wykle of Zoes!

Behind the Beach Life: The Oyster Life. Behind the scenes video.

Hope you enjoy this fun behind the scenes video from our recent photo & video shoot.

This was filmed during the Virginia’s Sea to Table work we were fortunate to work on.

We are thrilled & humbled to be part of getting the word out about our magnificent Lynnhaven River!

Thank you.

Start here to view more about the campaign.

It was an honor to meet & work with World Champion Oyster Shucker Deborah Pratt

World champion oyster shucker Deborah Pratt has won more major oyster shucking competitions than anyone else alive today.

It was an honor to finally meet her this week and an even bigger honor to be shucking our oysters alongside her at the Virginia Tourism event in Portsmouth, Va. We also had an opportunity to work with Chef Rodney again too.

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“When people mention Captain Chris Ludford, the words “passionate” and “energized” are typically exchanged at some point in the conversation.”

Now, through the watermen’s heritage tour program, visitors to Virginia can experience the time-honored history and traditions of our working watermen up-close and personal.

Cap'n Lee at the dock after it's first test run

Cap’n Lee at the dock after it’s first test run

View our listing at The Chesapeake Bay’s Best Hands-On Tour website.

Be sure to check out the Build Your Tour at the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, or Virginia Beach areas.

Please support your local watermen! It’s entertaining, educational, & tasty!

When was the last time you slurped oysters IN the Lynnhaven?


Learn more about our Tours.

We’re proud to provide Pleasure House Oysters for the 2nd Annual Oak Island Supper to benefit the Southern Foodways Alliance

Amazing Chefs will be serving incredible food for supper.

Virginia oysters from…
Sewansecott – Rappahannock
Indian Rock – Pleasure House – Shooting Point

Getting prepared from 1st Annual Oak Island Supper

Getting prepared from 1st Annual Oak Island Supper

Start here to view Chefs, menu & to purchase tickets.

We’re excited to celebrate some of the best food and drink our region has to offer.

This day will be one not soon forgotten.