Photo by Marial Maher/Visual Manor

Join the What’sUpNewp Crew for Oyster Explorers as we sip and slurp on November 7th at Hotel Viking with Oyster Sommelier, Julie Qiu of In A Half Shell.

Julie Qiu is an oyster sommelier, blogger and sustainable seafood advocate from New York City in search of the world’s most exceptional oysters and destinations.

In A Half Shell aims to build more awareness and understanding about oysters – what we’re eating, how it’s produced, and why they’re vital to our well-being.

Tickets are $40 and include a tasting of three Rhody oyster varieties (6 oysters per person), three beverage pairings, and Julie’s #33Oysters journal.

Limited seating, so book now: http://bit.ly/oysterexplorers AND enter the #giveaway on @InAHalfShellBlog‘s Instagram post.

Oyster Explorers at Hotel Viking on November 7th at 7pm

Photo by Marial Maher/Visual Manor

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.