On February 8th at 6:30pm join us for a spectacular evening at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center for the World Premiere of Ocean Frontiers III.

We are co-sponsoring the world premier of this film. Pleasure House Oysters also plays a small role in the film.

This has been a great series so if you get the time watch the first two films. It’s all about managing the future of our oceans.

We are shucking oysters at the event prior to the film viewing.

Please come! Pass the word; it’s FREE!
Great for teachers, students, family and anyone who cares about our oceans.


Click pic to view Free Registration info.

Click pic to view Free Registration info.

On February 8th at 6:30pm join us for a spectacular evening at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center for the World Premiere of Ocean Frontiers III. It’s a truly unique and hopeful ocean film that explores the intersection of national security, marine commerce and conservation. Savor rare underwater footage of stunning marine life along the coast from Virginia to Maine and hear from a range of people who are leading the way to a sustainable and thriving ocean.

When: Wed. February 8 – Reception 6:30pm · Film 7pm · Panel/Q&A 8pm
Where: Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, 717 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Free admission & refreshments
RSVP to save your seat: Eventbrite.com link to register

Participate in the post-film conversation about the new Mid-Atlantic ocean plan and get your questions answered by our panelists, all of whom are featured in the film:

Laura McKay – Program Manager, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program
Joe Atangan – Physical Scientist, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, U.S. Navy
Chris Scraba – Deputy Chief, Waterways Management, U.S. Coast Guard
Matt Gove – Mid-Atlantic Policy Manager, Surfrider Foundation
Capt. Chris Ludford – Owner, Pleasure House Oysters
Mark Swingle – Director of Research & Conservation, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center (moderator)

This event is hosted by the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, Virginia Coastal Zone Management, Virginia Sea Grant, Old Dominion University, Virginia Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, Virginia Marine Trades Association, The Nature Conservancy, Virginia Port Authority, Pleasure House Oysters, Virginia Maritime Association, Virginia Conservation Network, North American Marine Environment Protection Association, Elizabeth River Project, Lynnhaven River Now, American Planning Association – Virginia Chapter, Virginia Wesleyan College, Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, Wild Oceans and Green Fire Productions.

Ocean Frontiers III trailer: http://ocean-frontiers.org/of3-trailer

Note: People with American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification can receive a maintenance credit for this event. Log your credit here:https://www.planning.org/events/eventsingle/9118463

Event contact: Eva Barnett, films@greenfireproductions.org

“There is really nothing like being able to taste the area in an oyster!”

AltDaily.com Highly Recommended: Shiptown on North Colley November 29th 2016

Our first course was a sampler of oysters on the half shell. We were provided with a taste of each of the four varieties they offered, with the Pleasure House oysters being my favorite.


The décor was clean and simple; steel oyster bushels hung from the ceiling and the vintage photographs on the wall were all collected from local oyster farms. The lighting was dim and romantic, and despite every seat being full it was not too loud.

The menu comprises of dishes created with ingredients obtained by local oysterman, fisherman…

Thank you for the kind words!

We’re very happy to be part of Shiptown.

Behind the beach life: the perfect metaphor for eating oysters

Something that imprints on your memory

Everyone is cherishing the moment.

We love working with the Visit Virginia Beach team showing off how great our Lynnhaven River is!

View the video and another photo at The Daily Life, Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau’s official Blog.

The Making Of An Ostreaphile at Epicure & Culture

Pleasure House Oysters: The Making Of An Ostreaphile Epicure & Culture – Food, Wine & Culture for the Ethical Traveler.

I’d watched them shuck open some unsuspecting barnacle-laden shell, tip it up, and let a pulpy, slimy mass of flesh slide down their throat.
No thanks, I’ll pass.
Until I met the Lynnhaven oyster. Now all bets are off.

“Our theory is based on a three-legged stool of conservations, restoration, and aqua culture,” said Chris. When asked to define aqua theory, he said it’s when you get to eat the bounty, while the other two legs of the stool get built back up. It occurred to me that this is a proverbial win/win/win scenario.





We encourage you to view Patti Morrow’s article which includes some great photos of our trip.

Have you had grilled fresh oysters IN the Lynnhaven?

Join us on a Tour. Start here to learn more.

“Or if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, head to Pleasure House Oysters on the Lynnhaven for the Chef’s Table Tour.”

5 Reasons to Hit Virginia’s New Oyster Trail This Spring Daily Shot Garden & Gun Blog February 2016.

We’re honored to be mentioned again in Garden & Gun.

You’ll pull on waders and head out onto the river with Captain Chris Ludford for a catered meal at a pop-up table in the shallows with oysters plucked from the water beneath you. It’s BYOB, though; so don’t forget to pack the wine.

Photo credit: Bret & Mary from Green Global Travel

Photo credit: Bret & Mary from Green Global Travel

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.

Click to view Tours

Have you experienced dining IN the Lynnhaven?

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

“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 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.

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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