Ryleigh's Oyster Announces Arrival of Avery's Pearls

Ryleigh's Oyster


Ryleigh’s Oyster Announces the Arrival of Avery’s Pearls, Their Very Own Farm Raised Oyster.

First of its kind partnership formed to cultivate the perfect petite “cocktail oyster” and to support breast cancer research and treatment.

Baltimore, Maryland – March 12, 2012 – Ryleigh’s Oyster has announced the arrival of Avery’s Pearls, its own farm raised oyster in partnership with the Shooting Point Oyster Company.  Truly a first of its kind farm to table partnership in the seafood industry, Ryleigh’s Oyster and Shooting Point jointly developed all aspects of the cultivation of the Avery’s Pearls, from size, salinity levels, shape and its overall “look and feel”.  The new oyster is named after Avery McComas, the youngest daughter of Ryleigh’s Oyster Owners Jennifer and Brian McComas.

The “petite” or “cocktail” approach was chosen for Avery’s Pearls to make the oyster approachable to not only the traditional oyster connoisseur but to oyster virgins as well.  Their size of two and a half to three inches and a salinity level of 32 PPT (Parts per Thousand) are achieved in about a year and half from seed to the final culling.  The soft oval shape is achieved by strategically “tumbling” the oysters five different times in their life cycle, thus creating the look and feel of a sturdy, petite but easily shuck-able oyster. 

The selection of Shooting Point Oyster Company by Ryleigh’s Oyster for this partnership had everything to do with location and quality of the natural resources.  Avery’s Pearls are grown at the North end of Hog Island along a truly unspoiled stretch of the Atlantic Coast.  The ocean tide rushing across white sand and brushed by the peat of the pristine marshes of the Atlantic Coast Reserve, result in the purest form of “salt oyster.”  The incredible pure brine finish can only be equated to, as the French poet Léon-Paul Fargue once said, as “kissing the sea on the lips!”

Tom Gallivan, Owner of Shooting Point Oyster Company, is responsible for the overall growth plan and quality controls for the Avery’s Pearls.  He finds this partnership extremely effective and challenging in a good way.  “The results have been positive thus far” said Gallivan.   “Brian knows exactly what he wants the Avery’s Pearls to be and we are achieving success by blending the traditions of centuries past with the techniques of tomorrow to produce the finest petite heirloom oysters around.”


For Brian McComas, the joint venture simply demonstrates his family’s love of the oyster.  “Our goal is to deliver the very best oysters to our patrons on a daily basis” said McComas.  “This partnership allows us to get a little more involved in what the ultimate end product will be; these oysters are very special to us.”


An added element of the sale of Avery’s Pearls will be that for each oyster purchased, a donation of ten cents will be made to the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Center.  “We lost a dear member of our family to Breast Cancer and we decided this would be a fun way of remembering her with each and every oyster that goes across the Raw Bar” said Jennifer McComas.  “The oyster has been really good to our family and this is our way of paying it forward.”


About Ryleigh’s Oyster:


Situated in Historic Federal Hill, in the heart of the market district, Ryleigh’s Oyster specializes in only the freshest seafood, meats, poultry and produce.  Combining excellent service in a relaxed but vibrant Oyster Bar atmosphere, Ryleigh’s Oyster has become recognized as one of Baltimore’s best.  Ryleigh’s Oyster is a Founding Charter Member of the Oyster Recovery Partnership and a dedicated supporter of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.


About Shooting Point Oyster Company:


Shooting Point Oyster Company is a family farm located on the remote Eastern Shore of Virginia.  Their unique location provides oysters from two distinct watersheds; Nassawadox Salts from the Lower Bayside and Shooting Point Salts from the Atlantic barrier islands.  Shooting Point Oyster Company is committed to sustainability and actively fights for the improvement of water quality, protection of the working waterfront and the return of the native oyster.



Scotti Offutt

Director of Events and Marketing














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