Splendid Through the Centuries

Left to right: Matt Cotter, Dan Fougere, and Chris Gargiulo pause on the docks behind Cotuit Oyster Company's headquarters.

Step up to the headquarters of the Cotuit Oyster Company at 26 Little River Road in Cotuit. Walk down the white shell driveway, past the combination loading dock and deck wrapped in pale blue, wrist-thick dock lines, down the path, past the beat-up work skiffs, to the dock out back. That’s where you’ll find owner Chris Gargiulo, a man rarely at a desk. “I love being outdoors, being on the water,” says Gargiulo.

For more than a century and a half, men like Gargiulo have been harvesting the beds of Cotuit Bay for the Cotuit Oyster Company, turning the name into a legend among devotees of the tasty bivalve. The oysters make their way as far afield as Chicago, the West Coast, and Canada. A “Cotuit” is a brand prized in oyster bars and restaurants around the country. And this time of year, oysters are an integral part of many a New England holiday feast.

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Rob Conery is a freelance writer and a frequent contributor to Cape Cod Life Publications.

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