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Oyster Tasting and Maritime History

Learn about Portland’s boisterous and dangerous maritime history, in this talk with local authors paired with an oyster sampler prepared by celebrated chef Jaret Foster.

Oregon’s ocean and waterways are rich—rich with sea life and rich with history. This evening event brings the two together; an oyster tasting paired with a talk about Portland’s boisterous and dangerous maritime history.

The seminar is hosted by Atlas Obscura Portland Chapter Head Phil Busse, who will interview Rebecca Harrison, author of Deep, Dark and Dangerous, which examines the harrowing tales and lives of salvage divers in the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, and her husband Daniel Cowan, who co-authored with her Portland’s Maritime History. Together, they are treasure troves of stories and information about the secrets at the bottom of our waterways.

The presentation is paired with an exquisite tasting of oysters, prepared by chef Jaret Foster whose space, Tournant, lives in a former shipbuilding factory. Foster is a celebrated chef, with a particular love and knowledge about Pacific Northwest oysters.

The event is about taking a deep dive into the history and tastes of Oregon’s waterways. It is an interactive event. Champagne is included with the tasting, and there is a no host bar on site. 


Email Phil Busse at phil.busse@atlasobscura.com.

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