Science and appetite met at Bel Mare Restaurant in Springs on Sunday, November 3, at the first annual East Hampton Town Hatchery Oyster Tasting and Rating event. Attendees, mostly oyster gardeners for the project, volunteered to taste, compare, and rate pairs of oysters from four of our local harbors: Napeague, Hog Creek, Accabonac, and Three Mile. Rating categories included texture, sweetness, saltiness, and overall. Event organizer Harold Cook from Columbia University will be compiling the results. East Hampton Town Aquaculture Department director Barley Dunne explained the process of oyster seeding to the crowd.