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Tableau Bistro Oyster Shucking-19

Tableau Bar and Bistro held another fun event yesterday afternoon: Casse-Croûte Fête, an oyster shucking contest in honour of their new Casse-croûte menu. Casse-croûte is French for a snack or light meal served between a larger one.

Tableau Bistro Oyster Shucking-1 Tableau Bistro Oyster Shucking-7 Summer Breeze oysters from Vancouver Island's west coast

Kusshi and and Summer Breeze oysters were served to guests alongside bacon caesars, gourmet bread sticks, cheese puffs, and assorted olives.

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At 4:30, four of Vancouver’s well-known personalities battled it out to see who could shuck the best-looking half dozen oysters the fastest.

Chef Angus with the timepieces Tableau Bistro Sous-Chef Garett with Chef MAC
[L to R: Chef Angus keeping time; Sous-Chef Garett with Executive Chef Marc-André Choquette]

The Province’s Fred Lee, Urban Rush’s Fiona Forbes, Rock 101’s Bro Jake, and food blogger Victoria Chemko were the four chosen contestants at the shucking table with gloved hands and knives at the ready.

Sous-chef Garett with contestant Fred Lee Contestant Bro Jake from Rock 101 Contestant Victoria Chemko with Sous-Chef Garett Fiona shucking away against time
[Top to bottom, L-R: Fred Lee, Bro Jake, Victoria Chemko, Fiona Forbes]

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The crowd anxiously watched and waited until moments later, Fiona Forbes rang the bell and became the winner.

Tableau Bistro Oyster Shucking-4 Fiona declared the winner! Tableau Bistro Chef Angus posing with Fiona Forbes of Urban Rush

The casse-croûte menu includes Moët & Chandon champagne, fresh west coast oysters, cheese and charcuterie plates, frites, marinated olives and rabbit terrine. It’s the perfect way to wind down after a long day at work. The menu will be served from Monday to Friday from 2:30 to 5:30 pm.

Here are a few other photos from the afternoon. The rest can be viewed in my Flickr photo set.

Bacon Caesars for everyone
[Bacon caesar]

Casse Croûte menu
[Casse-croûte menu]

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Tableau Bar and Bistro is located at 1181 Melville Street in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour. Visit the restaurant website for opening hours and additional menus.

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