Virginia Shaffer has acquired recognition over the last six years for her contributions in promoting and sharing shellfish stories through her blog, Lady Oyster. She is an independent food writer who specializes in SHELLFISH and aquaculture practices.
Virginia’s organic growth on Lady Oyster is in part due to the rising community of food lovers who turn to social media for inspiration and transparency in their food choices. On her blog and through social media, Virginia showcases oyster farmers, oyster nutrition, oyster festivals, raw bar experiences, and oyster tourism opportunities.
Virginia has authored website content for oyster farmers, served as press coverage for oyster festivals, and has been featured in print and media for her oyster knowledge and expertise. She’s supported events like Grand Tasting Event in Pensacola, Harvest on the Harbor: Maine Oysterfest, London Oyster Week’s program alongside Katy Davidson, and the Damariscotta Oyster Celebration, an annual oyster festival hosted by O’Maine Studios. She also joined their Judging Panel for the 2019 Chef Summit alongside Maine’s Governor, Janet Mills.
Virginia has been featured on the WVCB Boston Chronicle 5, Edible Maine, Good Grit Magazine, Post and Courier, and more. She is involved in oyster education and volunteers on the Program Advisory Committee for the Northeast Maritime Institute’s Restorative Aquaculture Program. She is an activist in the fight against climate change and serves as a Friend of the Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition, a division of The Nature Conservancy. Virginia has a B.A. in International Studies from American University in Washington, D.C., and is now based in Vermont with her husband, Warwick, her two dogs, Tulip and Daff, her cat, Woody, and six chickens.