If hunger is the grain of sand, then the pearl in the oyster is a brand new South Walton delivery restaurant, Shuck You Oysters.
The oyster delivery service, which will officially open Nov. 1, started with four hungry people discussing ideas for dinner over cocktails near Cape San Blas.
“In the Cape San Blas area, there aren’t that many evening dinner options,” said Lauren Gall, one of the founders. They then discussed ordering in, however, “those options are nearly impossible or non-existent.”
When the talk turned to something “more scrumptious,” Jenn Hoffman, another founder, mentioned how great it would be to have fresh oysters.
“The conversation moved jokingly towards, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if someone would deliver oysters to us now?’ ” said Gall, adding that the four, Gall and her husband, Steven, Hoffman, and Kim Pitchford, went so far as to come up with the name “Shuck You Oysters” for a potential oyster delivery service.
“Not only is the name of the company clever and memorable, but so is the product. The oysters are fresh and delivered to your door...what’s better than that?” said Hoffman, harkening back to the initial desire that started the Shuck You concept.
But even so, in the months following, the concept was simply a running joke. That is, until Pitchford asked, “Why shouldn’t we really explore this idea?”
As head of local catering company Dine by Design, Pitchford says she sees “fresh, mobile oysters” as an “idea whose time has come.”
And that was all the prompting it took for the concept to become a reality, and Shuck You Oysters opened in September.
The group has oysters brought in fresh from either Apalachicola or from Louisiana, just in time for delivery service to begin each weekend.
Delivery services are offered to the 30A corridor and Miramar Beach Thursday through Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m.
And though the oyster delivery doesn’t begin until Nov. 1, the owners are all excited to distribute these fresh oysters to laid-back beachgoers on 30A and in Miramar Beach.
“How many times have you come up from the beach in the evening, sat down on your porch, and wanted to eat fresh oysters; however, you didn’t want to change from your swim attire nor shower the kids to go out to dinner. Shuck You offers the perfect, and tasty, solution,” said owner Steven Gall.
Order for delivery will be taken starting at 4 p.m. for delivery service after 5. A minimum order of $100 or five-dozen oysters, which come with lemon, saltines, horseradish, and cocktail sauce, is required. After the minimum order is met, oysters are $18/dozen. Shuck You also offers Dulce de Leche brownies at $2.50 each.
Though the owners expect most will be placing orders on short notice, Shuck You is also available for private parties, with at least two weeks’ notice.
For more information, Like Shuck You Oysters on Facebook, visit www.ShuckYouOysters.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or order at 850-585-5969.