In retrospect, it seems like a no-brainer that somebody would name an oyster after the Naked Cowboy. The jaunty naughtiness, the devil-may-care attitude, the ample flesh–it’s a perfect match. In this case, the somebody is Chris Quartuccio of Blue Island Oyster Company, who harvests oysters from Long Island Sound. Naked Cowboys are wild oysters from the sound, and they have the wild variability you might expect. They tend to be strongly mineral, a touch iodine, and beautifully briny. As wild-grown oysters, they mature slowly, taking three years to reach market size (three inches).
Oysters that grow too quickly can be, in Chris’s words, “flimsy and weak. Kinda like a six-foot-tall 9th grader. The size is there, but no substance.” Naked Cowboys have plenty of substance, as you’ll see if you try them at Philly’s Oyster House, DC’s Hank’s Oyster Bar, Grand Central Oyster Bar, Hog Island Oyster Bar, or any of the other top establishments that carry them. They are also amazingly fresh–Chris and his team dive for them five days a week, delivering to New York City restos the following day. They will also ship direct to individuals.
1 Samuel 18:1-4
English Standard Version (ESV)
David and Jonathan's Friendship
1 As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 2 And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father's house. 3 Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. 4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt.
The events of the Stonewall Riots in 1969 so reverberate within the international gay community that the thousands-strong Pride Parade every June ends on Christopher Street every year, while over in Europe (specifically major cities in Germany), their annual celebration is actually called Christopher Street Day.