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Kevin Joseph

New York City, Long Island & The Catskills

Kevin Joseph

New York City, Long Island & The Catskills

I'm incredibly blessed to have found a way to make a living while Living On Purpose. I "do" what I "am". And what I am here to do is help all those "Party to Oysters". That means everyone from the Growers, Distributors, Restaurants, Chefs, Shuckers, Servers and Consumers. If yer a part of the trade or an oyster consumer, my purpose and mission is "to be a rising tide" for you.

I am a professional Mermmelier. I coined the expression to best describe to people what it "I am". A Mermmelier is to Oysters what a Sommelier is to Wine. I am an "Oyster Aficionado" and a Hospitality Professional with a broad & deep understanding & experience with aquaculture & the oyster business & hospitality and event marketing. Not the most common combination of skills and experience, for sure.

I am a co-founder and CEO of THE OYSTERHOOD - a global, oyster-centric, omni-media, platform presenting programing and content for and about those who consume and/or trade in oysters. We launch officially in September 2015. Visit

THE OYSTERHOOD'S flagship program is NEW YORK OYSTER WEEK. With this we celebrate the history, culture, cuisine, ecology and economy of oysters in New York. In the 2nd half of September we pair a curated collection of oyster-centric gatherings with featured oyster dishes from Elite Oyster Destinations (NYC Restaurants). Soon we'll bring the Oyster Week Model to other cities. Visit

As Founder and CEO of EMPIRE OYSTER, I operate a vertically integrated oyster company. We provide or support premium oyster-forward hospitality as we produce, sell and serve the best oysters in the world. Visit

With MASHOMACK-Paddle Board People I guide and coach my favorite sport in beautiful and wild places. We paddle to areas where oysters grow wild and where they are farmed, and plenty of other places too. MASHOMACK is and Algonquin expression. It means, "Where they go by water." Our tribe of paddle board people goes by water in pursuit of Sport, Nature & Culture. Visit

Paddling is something that liberates and challenges me. So in May 2015 I became the first ever descent of the entire Upper Delaware River (75 miles) by SUP. It took 28 hours over 4 days of "paddling on purpose". Visit

My wife Janine & are "pre-retirement snowbirds", living and working in NY in summer and FL in the winter.

  • Work
    • Empire Oyster™
  • Education
    • University of Colorado @ Boulder