Shucking delicious

Illustration by KYLE SHINE

Sacramento’s chef club Freaks of the Industry blends top-notch cuisine with the camaraderie found in a neighborhood dive bar. Continuing its pop-up dinner tradition, member Matt Masera will open up his restaurant, Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co. (1630 S Street), to the first ever Shuckfest on July 9 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. In addition to Hook & Ladder’s oyster po’boys, fried oysters and oyster shooters, the other five “Freaks” will craft a unique dish from a fresh mix of East and West Coast oysters from Sunh Fish Co. A $20 pre-sale ticket buys four of those dishes and a glass of champagne. Then, Masera and fellow freak Brock MacDonald from Block Butcher Bar will join 10 other chefs from local restaurants to shuck as many oysters as they can in three minutes to determine the Shuckfest Champion. By combining top chefs with the best seafood supplier in the city, this celebration of aphrodisiacal mollusks should get freaky. Buy tickets at