The Jefferson Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc. and the Louisiana Tourism Recovery Program created the Jefferson Parish Louisiana Oyster Trail in 2012. The trail is an experience focusing on Jefferson Parish restaurants serving Louisiana Oysters! Visitors and locals alike will experience the local flavor, and as “lagniappe” (a little something extra) get to enjoy the whimsy of each participating restaurant’s 3-foot tall oyster sculpture hand-painted with the flare of a local artist!
WE'RE HAVING SOME FUN WITH OUR OYSTERS AND WANT YOU TO BE A PART OF IT! JOIN OUR FACEBOOK PHOTO CONTEST:
CONTEST: Satisfy your love for #oysters & #art by participating in our #LouisianaOysterTrail Photo Contest! In celebration of #NationalOysterDay, we will be giving our fans a chance to enjoy one of Louisiana’s delicacies for FREE! By taking a picture with your favorite oyster sculpture along the trail you will have a chance to win a gift card from one of our proud members on the trail: Acme Oyster House - Metairie, Deanie's Seafood New Orleans (Bucktown), O'Henrys Food & Spirits, and Bistreaux Metairie located inside the New Orleans Marriott Metairie at Lakeway. Check out our “Louisiana Oyster Trail Photo Contest” photo album for contest rules.
Presently ‘the trail’ has 23 participating restaurants, and continues to grow which means more great oyster eateries are showcased and more Louisiana oysters are eaten in a variety of ways! The Louisiana Oyster Trail spans the parish extending from restaurants in the metropolitan areas surrounding Lake Pontchartrain & the Mississippi River all the way to the Gulf of Mexico! A Louisiana Oyster Trail brochure with a map indicating locations is available by clicking here. Please note, not all participating locations are represented in this brochure due to publication date. A complete list of participating restaurants.
If you would like a copy of the Louisiana Oyster Trail brochure mailed to you, please click here.
Many of the participating chefs have provided recipes! Get recipes to whet your appetite for more…trust us, once you “sample” one of these great recipes you will want more!
You can check out our participating Louisiana Oyster Trail restaurants and unique oyster sculptures by visiting our Facebook page. Please like us on Facebook for updates and specials too.
PEARLS OF WISDOM…
- Oyster harvest numbers are at about 12 million pounds of shucked oysters annually...Louisiana is the country's number one producer!
- Eat Oysters Love Longer... Oysters have always been linked with love. When Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, sprang forth from the sea on an oyster shell and promptly gave birth to Eros, the word "aphrodisiac" was born!
- There's a Pearl in my Oyster... An oyster produces a pearl when foreign material becomes trapped inside the shell. The oyster responds to the irritation by producing a combination of calcium and protein. This combination is known as 'nacre', which coats the foreign material and over time produces a pearl!
PARTICIPATION IN THE LOUISIANA OYSTER TRAIL
If you are a local Jefferson Parish restaurant serving Louisiana oysters and are interested in being on the Jefferson Louisiana Oyster Trail contact the Jefferson CVB, Casey Ronquille, Membership & Communications Manager via email or call 504-731-7083. Artists interested in the program are required to complete an application. Please click the link, Oyster Trail Artist Application in the left column of this page.