Not every brunch in Boston had a penguin as guest of honor!

Thank you for joining us for our inaugural Brunch with The Tide! The weather couldn’t have been better, and the Island Creek oysters, Proud Pour wine, and Lookout Farm Hard Cider were refreshingly delicious. Giant Jenga towers were built impressively tall, and our African penguin Roast Beef was more than happy to photobomb selfies. Guests also enjoyed complimentary mimosas and rosé to accompany made-to-order omelets and a summer brunch buffet!

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Check out photos from the afternoon and learn more about the event’s generous sponsors below.

Brunch Sponsor: ISLAND CREEK OYSTERS

Skip Bennett, owner and founder of Island Creek Oysters, planted his first oysters in 1992 after three years growing quahogs in Duxbury Bay. After much trial and error and some undeniably delicious oysters, Island Creek Oysters has grown into one of the largest and most reputable aquaculture businesses in the United States, selling nearly 12 million oysters a year around the world. Intense care is given to every step of the farming process, from hatchery to harvesting. The National Shellfish Association named Island Creek Oysters the best oyster in America. The company also runs the Island Creek Oysters Foundation, which partners with international development organizations to use aquaculture as means of environmentally responsible food production and to create jobs. The foundation is active in Haiti, East Africa, and here in the U.S.

Tasting Sponsor: PROUD POUR

Berlin Kelly founded Proud Pour in 2014 as a way to connect her passion for high-quality, sustainable foods and wines with her concern for the environment. Proud Pour’s refreshing Sauvignon Blanc is dedicated to restoring oyster reefs in nine states. Every bottle funds the restoration of 100 oysters back to the wild. The  beautifully balanced Pinot Noir restores bee habitat on farms. Every bottle replants 875 wildflowers, the equivalent of 90 square feet of habitat. That helps native bees, honeybees, and farmers alike! Proud Pour wants our oceans to teem with millions of oysters and our land to be rich with bees sustaining agriculture and the ecosystem.

Tasting Sponsor: LOOKOUT FARM HARD CIDER

Lookout Farm Hard Cider is crafted with apples from the Belkin Family’s Lookout Farm, one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the United States –farming strong since 1651. For Lookout Farm, “local” is a way of life and has been for more than 360 years. The farm’s fruit orchards are located in South Natick, Mass, where each tree is meticulously pruned by hand in order to ensure that the farm harvests the best crop possible. Lookout Farm Hard Cider is a true craft cider as the farm uses expertise in modern fermentation and traditional aging techniques to produce a uniquely refreshing hard cider. They carefully select the most flavorful apple blends and the finest ingredients, like the farm’s own raw honey, to create a cider that is both exceptional and true to its heritage.