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Lady Oyster 

For the last seven years, Virginia Shaffer has acquired recognition for her contributions in promoting and sharing shellfish stories through her blog, Lady Oyster. She is an independent food writer who specializes in shellfish and New England coastal lifestyle. On her blog and through social media, Virginia showcases oyster farmers, seafood festivals, raw bar experiences, and coastal eco-tourism opportunities.

Virginia has authored website content for oyster farmers, served as press coverage for oyster festivals, and has been featured in print and media for her oyster knowledge and expertise. She’s supported events like Grand Tasting Event in Pensacola, Harvest on the Harbor: Maine Oysterfest, London Oyster Week’s program alongside Katy Davidson, and the Damariscotta Oyster Celebration, an annual oyster festival hosted by O’Maine Studios. She also joined their Judging Panel for the 2019 Chef Summit alongside Maine’s Governor, Janet Mills.

Virginia has been featured on the WVCB Boston Chronicle 5Edible MaineGood Grit MagazinePost and Courier, and more. She is involved in oyster education and volunteers on the Program Advisory Committee for the Northeast Maritime Institute’s Restorative Aquaculture Program. She is an activist in the fight against climate change and serves as a Friend of the Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition, a division of The Nature Conservancy. Virginia has a B.A. in International Studies from American University in Washington, D.C., and is based in New England with her husband, Warwick, her two dogs, Tulip and Daff, her cat, Woody, and six chickens.