Serving up shellfish fit for a First Lady

Olivia Ryan

Published 26/06/2013 | 05:20

Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, during their visit to Ireland last week.  Picture: Garry O'Neill.
Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, during their visit to Ireland last week. Picture: Garry O'Neill.

A NORTH Louth company served up oysters fit for a First Lady during the recent presidential visit to Dublin!

Michelle Obama and her two daughters Malia and Sasha dined at the famous 'Matt the Thresher Seafood Bar and Grill' when they made a visit to the city last week.

And the first delicacy order by Mrs. Obama? Carlingford oysters.

'We were just delighted to hear that the First Lady chose our oysters, and she ate them raw also,' said Kian Louet-Feisser, Carlingford Oyster company.

'We supply to a number of restaurants around Ireland and we often hear stories about celebrities having enjoyed our produce, but I have to say this was very special.'

Kian added that the First Lady's choice to sample the oysters raw was 'a matter of personal taste.'

'A lot of people ask me whether oysters should be eaten raw or cooked, but I always tell them to try both, as it really is down to personal taste.'

Michelle Obama was reported to have ordered the Carlingford oysters followed by sauteed prawns with chilli and garlic in a white wine sauce with a mixed leaf salad along with toasted sourdough bread.

'We are still in shock but feel very honoured to have been able to welcome the Obama family' said Jimmy Lyons, the owner of Matt The Thresher, which orders Carlingford oysters fresh from the North Louth coastline.

Kian Louet-Feisser, who took over the hugely successful company from his father, said that Carlingford oysters are renowned for their distinctive taste.

'There is something very different about the oysters from this area, I could easily pick them out even from their colour. Whatever micro nutrients are in the water along this coast, it gives them a very distinctive taste.'

And he admitted one clear reason why they are a noted delicacy. 'Well it takes three years to grow our oysters. It is a slow process, but well worth the delicious taste when they are served.'

He added that by all accounts, the feedback from the Obama camp was very positive!

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