Oyster Explorers

Julie Qiu


Julie Qiu, acclaimed oyster expert and connoisseur, will lead a discussion and free tasting of a variety of oyster species. Sponsored by the Maritime Foundation, and entitled Oyster Explorers, this journey is intended to bridge the knowledge gap between consumer and industry professionals. Julie is an internationally-recognized oyster expert and founder of In A Half Shell, based in New York City. Her passion for oyster appreciation and sustainable seafood has inspired her to create unique tasting and educational experiences such as the New York Oyster Crawl, Oyster Omakase Pop Up Tasting Club, and co-author products such as the New York Oyster Map, and 33 Oysters on the Half Shell Tasting Notebook. In A Half Shell has been recognized as one of Fathom Away’s “Top 24 Travel Blogs of 2015,” and SAVEUR’s “Sites We Love.”