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Hotel Viking invites bivalve fans to slurp Rhode Island’s freshest oysters paired with sumptuous spirits in a special “Oysters Explorers” gathering hosted by oyster sommelier and bloggerJulie Qiu of In A Half Shell.

Julie Qiu an internationally-recognized oyster sommelier and blogger in search of the world’s most exceptional oysters and destinations. She is the author of 33 Oysters on the Half Shell journal, New York Oyster Map, and teaches an Oyster Mastery Class on Skillshare. Julie is a sustainable seafood advocate and Marketing Director for Australis Aquaculture. Follow her on Instagram @inahalfshellblog and visit her oyster blog at (PRNewsFoto/Hotel Viking)

The education-focused social tasting will feature a curated selection of three local farm-raised oysters paired with three different alcohols. The mouth-watering class will be November 7 at 7pm and is $40 per person. Guests will receive a 33 Oysters tasting journal, a special pocket-sized notebook, along with an informative and fun evening with an intimate group of oyster fans.

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“Farm-raised oysters are delicious, nutritious, and highly beneficial to our environment,” said Julie Qiu, a sustainable seafood advocate and oyster expert, “This tasting is a great way for beginners to expand their bivalve knowledge and for more seasoned oyster aficionados to learn new ways to elevate their half shell experiences.”

The oyster tasting will start with an introduction, then a tasting of two of each variety of oysters. Each variety will be paired with either a wine, champagne and a sake. Qiu, who will visit the oyster farms prior to the event, will personally curate the raw oyster selection. Chef Barry Correia of One Bellevue at Hotel Viking will offer attendees a special sampling of Oyster Rockefeller with blue cheese and bacon to complete the night.

A special giveaway for tickets to the tasting will be offered on social media startingOctober 16 until October 29. The winner will be picked at random and announced on October 30.  To enter the giveaway, simply follow @HotelViking, @InAHalfShellBlog on Instagram or “Like” Hotel Viking and In A Half Shell on Facebook, like the post about the giveaway and tag three friends under the comments section. The prize is for two complimentary tickets to attend the In A Half Shell event at Hotel Viking on Saturday, Nov 7, 2015 at 7PM.

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