Super fresh oysters need very little accompaniment. That’s why we only serve the freshest oysters in the city with the simplest of sauces. The word “mignonette” stems from the French word “mignon” meaning small and sweet. As if we needed another reason to be charmed by this classic!
The mix of vinegar and shallots seems like it would be overpowering, but it pairs perfectly with the creamy, briny oysters.
Here’s the basic recipe:
3 parts Red Wine Vinegar (we use high-quality vinegar imported from France)
Black Peppercorns (to taste)
1 part Minced Shallot
Also known as “European Flats”, the famed Belon is our favorite oyster this time of year. Atlanta Fish Market is one of the only restaurants in Atlanta serving this hard-to-find gem, so we often hear the question “what’s so special about belon oysters?”
Well for starters, these oysters are essentially a species unto their own in the oyster world. In fact, their shells are impossibly round and more closely resemble a large scallop than a common oyster. As the nickname might suggest, these oysters are “flat”- so flat in fact that many of these oysters cannot close their shells after being removed from the water and must be banded (notice the red rubber bands above) and packed upside down to stop the shells from draining.
“Belon” is actually the name of a river in Brittany, France that’s said to cultivate the finest oysters in Europe. In fact, the species wasn’t introduced to the United States until the 1950s, but it flourished in the chilly waters of Maine and 70 years of cultivation has resulted in an oyster that’s incredibly unique in that it has none of the briny, salty flavors commonly associated gulf-raised bivalves. Instead, they’re known for their strong mineral, metallic, and sometimes even hazelnut flavors that many find polarizing. When it comes to Belons there’s one thing we can agree on one thing- this is an oyster that will leave few without opinion.
Atlanta’s Taste of the Nation
for No Kid Hungry
Celebrating 29 Years!
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree 200 Peachtree Street NW, #206 Atlanta, GA 30303
Event Chairmen: Pano Karatassos & George McKerrow
Prepare your taste buds for the return of the city’s most anticipated culinary event of the year, Atlanta’s Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry. Celebrating its 29th anniversary, the event will take place on Thursday, April 20th in a brand new venue, Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree, featuring more restaurants, more chefs and more surprises including an intimate VIP Dinner Experience. 100% of proceeds support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Leading the 2017 event along with our Event Chairmen, Pano Karatassos and George McKerrow, is Honorary Chef Cat Cora, TV personality and restaurateur.
Guests can take part in two different experiences: an ultra-exclusive VIP experience featuring a multi-course dinner with wine pairings (prepared table side) by one of Atlanta’s most influential chefs or the Grand Tasting experience, sampling signature fare and spirits from over 50 of the city’s premier restaurants while enjoying auctions, wine tastings and live entertainment.
Together, we will end childhood hunger in America.
Interested in learning more about the 2017 event? Please reach out to Allison Palestrini at email@example.com