Bay to Table: Clams in Oysterponds
A Talk and Tasting with Charity Robey and Jane Lear
Clams have been central to the diet of East Enders since the place was called Paumanok. European settlers brought their own ideas about how to eat shellfish, and quickly pressed the North American quahog clam into service, developing among other dishes, the clam chowders and the clambakes we enjoy today. We’ll look back on 100 years of local clam-eating traditions, including the perennial question of whether tomatoes or cream belong in chowder, and when or if an unburied clam can be considered part of a clambake. A talk and tasting with food historian Charity Robey and Jane Lear, editor of Feed Me, Newsday’s magazine for Long Island’s food lovers. $25/pp, $40 for two tickets. Registration required.
About the presenters:
Charity Robey was a scientific and technical book editor at John Wiley and Sons, and is now a feature writer and columnist for the Shelter Island Reporter and Suffolk-Times. Her work has appeared in Edible East End, Newsday, and The New York Times. A food historian, she is programming chair for the Culinary Historians of New York. Her research on the influence of fishers in State and Federal policies on safe and sustainable seafood consumption is the subject of a paper she gave at the international Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, in Oxford, England, in July 2019.
As the former senior articles editor at Gourmet, Jane Lear expanded the magazine’s literary and reportorial coverage and developed the concept of an annual produce issue to connect field and fork—the first time a food magazine grappled with the politics of the plate. Since the magazine ceased publication in 2009, she has written for publications that include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Garden Design, and Martha Stewart Living. Jane is the founding editor of Feed Me, published four times a year by Newsday.