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Perry Raso at TEDx Providence on Sustainable Aquaculture

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The 21 best seafood restaurants in America

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The 21 best seafood restaurants in America

These best seafood restaurants in America serve expert chowder, droolworthy lobster and new takes on classic fish dishes

Matunuck Oyster Bar, South Kingstown, RI

16. Matunuck Oyster Bar, South Kingstown, RI

Like Boston’s Island Creek, Matunuck Oyster Bar was founded by an actual oysterman. But the similarities pretty much end there. Located right on Potter Pond along with his shellfish beds and organic produce farm, Perry Raso’s place is a naturally laid-back affair: the picturesque setting provides all the mood lighting and decoration it needs, and the passing of the seasons determines only minor tweaks to the menu, as the staples are the staples for a reason. Aside from oysters in every way, shape and splendid form, you’re bound by unwritten state law to order the fried calamari with cherry peppers, the clear clam chowder and at least a couple of stuffies (stuffed and baked quahogs), Rhody classics all. After that, potato- or pistachio-crusted cod’s a favorite, as is pure and simple boiled lobster with lemon and butter, followed by the white chocolate-dipped key-lime pie—on a stick! Given the extra-casual context, you wouldn’t expect a solid wine selection, but there is one. Still, an oyster-garnished Bloody or regional craft beer proves just the patio pounder.

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Raising the Bar

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Perry Raso, owner of Matunuck Oyster Bar, recently started serving scallops at his restaurant, and will give a TEDxProvidence talk Saturday about his farm-to-table, pond-to-plate practices.

Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2016 11:30 am

As Perry Raso sorts through cages of fresh scallops, he deftly and swiftly finds the larger ones and throws them into a nearby bin, occasionally tossing broken shells off the dock into the salt pond below, and leaving the smaller ones alone so they can continue to grow.

The scallops in the bin are taken into the kitchen of Raso’s Matunuck Oyster Bar, 629 Succotash Road, East Matunuck, where they will be scrubbed and shucked, then served raw or cooked. The scallops, which Raso began growing from seed two years ago, made their debut on the restaurant’s menu March 28.

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A proud Facebook post announced the occasion: “We are excited to be the first restaurant ever to serve Rhode Island farm raised bay scallops. Tonight we are serving our first-ever harvest of Matunuck Bay Scallops mariniere style with white wine, garlic and fresh herbs.”

 

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Raising Objections: Hurdles for Rhode Island Aquaculture

Raising Objections: Hurdles for Rhode Island Aquaculture

August 18, 2014

R.I. SHELLFISH FARMS FACE INCREASING OPPOSITION

by  RudiHempe

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Matunuck Oyster Bar offers raw bar, fried fish delights at the Big E

Elizabeth Roman | eroman@repub.com By Elizabeth Roman | eroman@repub.com
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on September 24, 2014 at 10:13 AM, updated September 26, 2014 at 7:31 AM

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There’s something fishy about this year’s Big E

Keith O'Connor | Special to The Republican By Keith O’Connor | Special to The Republican
on September 07, 2014 at 7:05 AM, updated September 07, 2014 at 4:28 PM

There’s something fishy about this year’s Big E.

But, that’s not a bad thing. In addition to all the healthy seafood available on the fairgrounds, there’s a new game in town at this year annual fall fest. When the gates open for 17 days on Friday, the renowned Matunuck Oyster Bar will be setting up shop on Commonwealth Avenue.

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Matunuck Oyster Bar at the Big E ~ WWLP

WWLP news: Matunuck Oyster Bar at the Big E, link below.

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Reed Celebrates National Oyster Day and RI’s Growing Aquaculture Industry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 5, 2014 CONTACT: Chip Unruh (202) 224-4642

Reed Celebrates National Oyster Day and RI’s Growing Aquaculture Industry

MATUNUCK, RI – Today, mollusk lovers across the country are celebrating “National Oyster Day,” and more and more of them are slurping and savoring oysters from the Ocean State.  That is because more oyster farms are successfully cropping up along Rhode Island waters and producing some world-class oysters along with double digit sales and job growth.

U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) convened a meeting this week of Rhode Island oyster farmers, restaurant and small business owners, and environmental officials for a discussion about the state’s growing aquaculture industry and the Rhode Island food economy.

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Aquaculture spans pond to plate in RI — Boston Globe

By Necee Regis

| Globe Correspondent   May 03, 2014

On a pontoon in Potter Pond in South Kingstown, harvesters sort Matunuck oysters.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — Perry Raso stands waist-deep in the gray-green waters of Potter Pond. The sky is spitting rain, but Raso barely notices as he pulls a plastic mesh bag from the pond’s sandy bed and extracts a handful of quarter-sized oysters.

“Oysters are like wine. They take on the flavor and texture of where they are grown,” he said.

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Shucking off the Cold – The Boston Globe

 

Shucking off the cold
R.I. oyster farmers find winter harvests a boon
By Bina Venkataraman, Globe Correspondent | January 26, 2009
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. – “How many do you need?” Perry Raso shouted into a walkie-talkie as his motorboat plowed through chunks of ice in Potters Pond, his face ruddy from the biting wind and his eyelashes encrusted with snow.
Raso had spent a snowy morning harvesting oysters from a salt pond separated by a barrier beach from Block Island Sound. Clad in a waterproof suit, he waded waist-deep into the icy soup, lifted giant mesh bags of bivalves from the bottom, and poured out the oysters that had reached a size suitable for market.

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Aquaculture tour elevates the oyster By Paul E. Kandarian, Globe Correspondent | Oct 14, 2011 03:26 PM

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – When touring the aquaculture shellfish farm behind the Matunuck Oyster Bar restaurant, you not only learn about where your food comes from, but you also walk through its breeding grounds here on the southern coast – and if you’re lucky, you harvest a few oysters to eat later.

Or sooner.

On a tour led by Perry Raso, 32, owner of those two enterprises, he showed a dozen or so adventurous customers who had slogged to the aquaculture site in nearby saltwater Potter Pond the spot where he also grows gracilaria, a tannish, tasty seaweed served in his restaurant. He raised a netted container used to grow the seaweed, and invited us to have a bite.

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Matunuck Oyster Bar TV Spot

Click on the link below to see our TV spot which gives a quick overview of how Farm to Table and Pond to Plate contribute to the fresh food served at Matunuck Oyster Bar.

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Homegrown: Matunuck Oysters

Think you know New England shellfish? These gems from Little Rhody are a new reason to savor the oyster.

Perry Raso, owner of Matunuck Oyster Farm, is waist-deep in water, hauling up one of the 10,000 bags lined up in rows along the floor of Potter Pond, a saltwater basin in South Kingstown, on the southern coast of Rhode Island. He pulls out a handful of oysters, each about an inch wide, then returns them to the sack. These youngsters are much too small to be harvested, but with time, they’ll be large and plump, ready to serve at Raso’s restaurant, Matunuck Oyster Bar, just a stone’s throw across the water. They’ll also make their way to restaurants from Boston and Newport to New York and Atlanta. And they’ll be uniquely Matunucks, with their distinct, briny crispness and lightly sweet finish, like a friendly goodbye.

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