Yesterday I had the opportunity to head out onto the Chesapeake Bay on a chefs’ trip, led by Steve Vilnit. Steve is the┬áDirector of Fisheries Marketing at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and is doing a lot to help educate both chefs, and the public, on the great seafood we have here in the state of Maryland.

As part of our trip, we went to G.W. Hall & Sons to see local crabs being picked, and finished our journey at Barren Island Oysters to see how their oysters are raised. Afterwards, we had some amazing raw oysters, as well as some fresh grilled fish (and a beer or two).

It was a great trip, and something that you should take advantage of if you can. Steve leads trips throughout the season. Rather than get into all the details of the trip, I thought I’d let the pictures speak for themselves. Eat Maryland Seafood.

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Chris Spear