NATIONAL OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER DAY
National Oysters Rockefeller Day on January 10th recognizes a dish so rich there was only one man’s name this dish could bear at the time. At least, that’s the story according to the chef who so masterfully created famous recipes in the French Quarter.
In 1889 in the renowned kitchen of Antoine’s, Jules Alciatore developed a recipe for baked oysters on the half shell with sauce and bread crumbs that would earn the name Oysters Rockefeller. A dish so rich Alciatore himself admitted, “…I know of no other name rich enough for their richness.”
While other restaurants serve similar dishes, only historic Antoine’s (founded by Antoine Alciatore, Jules Alciatore’s father in 1840) serves the original Oysters Rockefeller. Food Network’s Alton Brown even told us on Good Eats that Alciatore took the recipe to his grave. Others have tried to determine the finer ingredients without success. Only Antoine’s and the Alciatore family have the authentic recipe.
Having served over 3.5 million orders of Oysters Rockefeller, and counting, Antoine’s recipe has withstood the test of time and garnered the praises of culinary critics. Since 1889, the restaurant has numbered each order. Even today’s customers receive their privileged number identifying their place in the history of Oysters Rockefeller.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER DAY
Have you tasted the flavor of authentic Oysters Rockefeller? Tell us what you think. If you are near Antoine’s, stop in to savor a taste of history and share using #NationalOystersRockefellerDay on social media.
NATIONAL OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER DAY HISTORY
In 2017, Antoine’s founded National Oyster Rockefeller Day to celebrate the dish’s history and longevity.
The Register at National Day Calendar approved the day in 2016 and proclaim the first observance to be celebrated in 2017.
Q. Do oysters live in fresh or saltwater?
A. Oysters live in salt or brackish water.
Q. Are Oysters Rockefeller the same as oysters on the half shell?
A. No. Oysters Rockefeller are cooked oysters while oysters on the half shell are raw. Note: Raw oysters are served alive.