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What makes our mouths water more than a plate of fresh, glistening oysters? How about having those shellfish brought to your home by a handsome young oysterman who preps and serves them, then tidies up and disappears into the night?

We?re sold on the Oyster Boys, a team of San Diego-based caterers on speed dial for gracious hostesses across town. Chris Reid and Rhett Melbo are fixtures at the Hollywood Farmers? Market, where every Sunday they sell up to 25 Pacific oyster varieties, and they?re also the supplier of choice for restaurants such as L & E Oyster Bar and The Hungry Cat.

In their off-hours, they?re caterers. At a recent holiday party, Reid assembled homemade dipping sauces (mignonette, ponzu and more) and donned a shucking glove. For the next 90 minutes, he mesmerized scores of guests (and a neighborhood cat) while chatting and cleaning 30 dozen oysters. 

Reid?s favorite oysters include Fanny Bay, which have a perfect complement of buttery texture and cucumber sweetness, and the mild, sweet Kumamoto, sourced from a farm in Humboldt Bay.

Oyster Boys are charming, reasonable ($550 for 30 dozen oysters, service included)--and we hear they don?t yet have a party to service on New Year?s Eve.

Oyster Boys are at the Hollywood Farmers? Market, Ivar and Selma aves., Hollywood; 760-672-2283 or

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