The Tide and Vine Oyster Company was intellectually conceived in March of 2012. Only two months later it was a reality, with a crew of five people shucking oysters for the 6000 person, 2 day Food Truck Eats event at Peller Estates, Niagara on the Lake.
Owners and operators Mike Langley and Kat Steeves met working in a famous, downtown Toronto, Oyster House. Their passion for Niagara wine along with their experience with seafood revealed an obvious pairing. They packed up their Toronto condo and literally hit the road to take up residence in Mike’s hometown of Niagara Falls.
“I never thought I would live in Niagara again, especially Niagara Falls. But in the past few years I have seen the wines really make their mark. Kat and I have found our favorite wineries and really dig the lifestyle. We saw a need for someone to take control of the oyster scene and bring some really great product that would compare to the stuff you find in the successful oyster bars that big cities get to enjoy. I guess we saw a demand and had a bright idea of how to fill the void.” Mike Langley to local writer.
Kat wanted to sell oysters from the back an old Volkswagen pickup truck. After some research they found that to maintain something that old they would need to become Volkswagen enthusiasts rather than food enthusiasts. So they found a 1974 Volkswagen camper van in Keswick Ontario, in excellent condition; brought it to local Volkswagen mechanic John Spirenello, owner of John’s Bug Shop; gutted the interior and installed a workable floor, then added the simple Tide and Vine logo to the already show worthy body. Pearl the Shuck Truck was born!
The Tide and Vine Oyster Company quickly made a splash at wineries, Farmer’s Markets and weekend events. Chefs, foodies and local supports quickly created a buzz about this new and unique company’s way of bringing seafood to the consumer rather than hoping to be found.
You can find the Tide and Vine at Farmer’s Markets in the Niagara Region, wineries, and special events. Mobile Oyster Bar, Guerilla Shucking and fully catered events, the Tide and Vine is dedicated to honest service, fresh product and the fairest possible price. Follow us on social networks to find where we are popping up and drop us a line to get us at your party or event!