Preakness 2013 to introduce new Maryland oyster, the Skinny Dipper

The Baltimore Sun

Guests at Saturday's Preakness will get the first slurp of the Skinny Dipper, a new oyster from True Chesapeake Oyster Co., an oyster farm in St. Mary's County.

The Skinny Dipper will be supplied to Baltimore-area restaurants beginning this summer, but it will get some high-profile attention at Saturday's race, where it has been named the "preferred oyster of Preakness," according to a press announcement.

The Skinny Dipper will be presented at the raw bar inside Preakness Village, the event's corporate entertaining area, where the menu is being created by "Top Chef" contestant Mike Isabella. The raw bar will also feature Chesapeake Gold Oysters from Hooper's Island.

For oyster-lovers who can't make it to the Preakness, the Skinny Dipper will be offered at a Saturday afternoon "buck-a-shuck" promotion at Ryleigh's Oyster. The tasting is from 2:20 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. 

Known as Chesapeake Fresh Oyster Company until recently, True Chesapeake Oyster Co. raises its oysters on a farm in the Chesapeake Bay on St. Jerome Creek. 

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