“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 Pilotonlne.com.

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.

We’re honored to be the cover of the inaugural issue of Coastal Virginia’s Green Magazine!

So support our local watermen and waterways by eating oysters. Eat them raw. Eat them . . .


Thank you!

Enjoy reading and sharing Coastal Virginia’s Green Magazine.

Be sure to turn to page 16 and check out Understanding the Oyster – Our most Eco-Friendly Entree by Patrick Evans-Hylton.

From Let’s Talk Green | The Ask HR Green Blog

You’ll also find a food feature on our area’s beloved oyster, shedding light on why consuming local food straight from our waterways benefits more than just our taste buds.

View link over at CoastalVirginiaMag.com.

“Groups of up to 12 people can climb aboard with Pleasure House Oysters to tour their working oyster farm, learn the history of…”

Seaside Group Getaway: “Live the Life” in Virginia Beach at Leisure Group Travel April 2015:

. . . Virginia Beach’s famous Lynnhaven oysters and restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay, and sip the wine of their choice as they slurp bivalves straight from the water.

Oyster farm tour at Pleasure House Oysters. Credit: Virginia Beach CVB

Oyster farm tour at Pleasure House Oysters. Credit: Virginia Beach CVB

“Pleasure House Oysters, based in Virginia Beach, offers a couple of ways to venture onto the Lynnhaven River.”

The Southern Agenda: December/January 2015 at Garden & Gun November 2014:

There’s no denying that Southern oysters are at their best straight out of the water in late fall and winter. Discover that flavorful fact for yourself during an Oyster Farm Tour on the Lynnhaven River…

Read the rest of the article about Pleasure House Oyster Tours in this issue’s Garden & Gun!

“Pleasure House Oysters is a new farm that’s dedicated to cultivating local oysters. After years of depletion, Chesapeake oysters are returning thanks to operations like this one.”

Virginia Beach’s New Foodie Focus by Andrea Poe at HuffingtonPost.com September 2014:

Visitors can bring a bottle of wine aboard an oyster boat for a tour of the hatchery and sample oysters.

Virginia Beach Oysters — called Lynnhaven –are said to be among the sweetest thanks to their unique habitat at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay where it opens into the Atlantic Ocean. If you’d rather try these oysters on land, they appear on the menus of area restaurants like Terrapin and A.W. Shucks Raw Bar and Grill in nearby Norfolk.


VIRGINIA OYSTER ROAD TRIP:LYNNHAVEN by Julie Qiu at InAHalfShell.com July 2014:

Before you think oyster farming is a breeze, just consider this: a few ounces of 2mm oyster seed can net out in thousands of pounds of heavy lifting down the road. For Chris and his crew, it’s a backbreaking labor of love.

They also harvest and deliver same day, year-round. By keeping his distribution local and limited, Pleasure House Oysters has been able to enjoy premium brand status and pricing.

Photo Credit: Julie Qiu InAHalfShell.com. Gorgeous!

Photo Credit: Julie Qiu InAHalfShell.com. Gorgeous!

We are humbled to win an Inside Business Entrepreneurial Excellence 2014 Award

Whether it’s caring for dying animals, raising oysters in the Lynnhaven River…

Chris Ludford Owner/Operator, Diversified Marine Services LLC, Virginia Beach

The company doing business as Ludford Brothers Oyster Co. has an operating mission to produce the best oysters for market in a manner that promotes the reputation, seafood and health of the Lynnhaven River.

View our profile at InsideBiz.com.

We are humbled and honored to be among such great Hampton Roads entrepreneurs.
Thank you.

View all Entrepreneurial Excellence 2014 Award winners at InsideBiz.com.