New York's beautiful Grand Central Terminal
is home to many restaurants and merchants. One of the most well known is the Oyster Bar
-- originally opened in 1913 -- which is planning an Oyster Frenzy later this month.
General manager Jonathan Young and executive chef Sandy Ingber -- nicknamed the "Bishop of Bi-Valves" -- will host the event, which begins at noon on Saturday, September 25th, and continues throughout the day. Festivities include a "Professional Shucking Championship" with the reigning champion Luis "The Mexican Menace" Iglesius, and the fifth annual "Slurp Off," which is open to anyone who thinks he or she can eat a dozen oysters in the fastest time. Sixteen varieties of oysters – eight from both the East and West Coasts – will be on the menu during the bi-valve bonanza.
There will also be a "Great Oyster Shooter Face Off." Through September 16th, the bar is accepting entries from amateur and professional drink mixers for a martini-style cocktail that complements raw oysters -- cocktails must be iced, and served in a martini glass. The finals will be conducted at the Oyster Frenzy on the 25th. The five finalists will include one amateur and four professionals who must be in attendance at the Frenzy to compete. The prizes to the winner will include dinner for two at the Grand Central Oyster Bar, and the winner's recipe will be featured on the bar menu.