365 New Orleans: Loftin Oysters


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Loftin Oysters is owned and operated by Ali Loftin and brothers Kyle and Mike Loftin. Both are natives of New Orleans and grew up experiencing the unique seafood bounty that only the Gulf Coast produces. But as any local knows, while delectable, oysters are some of the most labor-involved of the seafood array. In fact, the process of “shucking” oysters can be dangerous because of the type of knife needed and the technique required to remove the oyster from the shell.

During the fall of 2011, which is the most popular season oysters are consumed, husband and wife, Kyle and Ali, pondered a way they could enjoy chargrilled oysters at home after a busy workday, without the time-consuming process of shucking and clean up that came along with it.

Months experimenting with different material combinations allowed the team to identify the ideal clay mixture that could withstand the heating and cooling exposure during daily use.

Ali, Mike, and Kyle began production in a small workshop in their garage and began taking orders at the end of the year.

We’re nearing the end of our first year of sales online, at festivals and to retail. It’s been an exciting year and we are grateful for all the #oysterlove we’ve received.

Loftin Oysters has continued to grow with great success due to our wonderful customers and retail partnerships. We are always looking for new opportunities to bring you the best culinary utensils that make it easy and fun to cook your favorite dishes.



1. What products and services do you offer? 

Ceramic oyster shells that allow you to chargrill oysters at home without the work of shucking and messy cleanup. 


2. How long have you been in business? 

We began experimenting with clay bodies in 2011 and started selling in December of 2013. 


3. How do people find you online? 



4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew? 

Using our shells helps with the coastal restoration! Instead of shucking oysters at your house where they go to your trash and on to the landfill, when you buy already shucked oysters to use with our shells, you’re allowing the shucking houses to return the oyster shells back to the fisherman and beds that they’re farmed. This allows more oyster larvae a rich ecosystem in which to mature and prosper becoming the lovely bivalve we’ve known to love and enjoy. Building up the strong beds full of oysters shells rebuilds deteriorated coastlines from storm surges and other natural disasters.


5. Lagniappe Info. 

We do cooking demos at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Come see us! Here’s our next one but check our website and theirs for dates.  https://natfab.org/events/2019-06-29-in-the-kitchen-with-loftin-and-burgers


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