Dana Spring, Open Oyster

Dana SpringDana Spring, Owner of Open Oyster, a shellfish catering experience that provides a unique and stylish, shuck-to-order raw bar, at events in the state of Rhode Island. Her previous experience working for Ritz-Carlton Boston, earning the famed ‘Malcom Baldridge Award’ for exemplary service, and successfully opening Marshall Slocum Inn in Newport with her husband, led her to a successful opening of Open Oyster.

Open Oyster’s services are designed to anticipate and meet the needs of customers by providing the freshest, local shellfish while educating event guests on the importance oysters have on the health and sustainability of local waters.

From source, to dock, to table, Dana’s concept not only provides educational offerings about the shellfish being offered, her and her team take great pride in accompaniments and presentation. Because of her enthusiasm, the company has already received press from the Mercury, So Rhode Island, The Bay, and Puddingstone Post.

On her commitment to Rhode Island, Dana said, “Oyster farming has undergone unprecedented growth in the past five years in Rhode Island and I am proud to be a supporter of the many other small businesses involved in oyster production and distribution.” Genuinely eager to make a difference in Rhode Island’s conservation efforts, Dana plans to participate in Nature Conservancy by collecting all of the used oyster shells from events which will then be recycled back into tidal waters to build new oyster reefs.

Dana’s philanthropic nature also deems her committed to charity in Rhode Island. Dana partook in, Fund Her Down Under, an organization dedicated to Ovarian Cancer Research and Baby Steps Newport, a fundraiser to garner support for needy families with young children, donating a portion of sales to both organizations.

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