This weekend was so dreadfully cold, all I wanted to do was hole up inside my apartment. But when I got a dinner-party invitation from Erika Lesser, executive director of Slow Food USA (the U.S. arm of the international movement founded to preserve traditional foods), and her husband, Jim Hutchinson (wine buyer for Domenico Valentino Selections), I made the trek to Brooklyn without any hesitation. And I'm so glad I did. They were the consummate hosts—and had the perfect start to the evening: extraordinarily large, clean-tasting oysters from Blue Moon Fish on Long Island's North Fork, served simply with lemon slices. To further celebrate oyster season (the colder the waters, the better the flavor), here are some of my favorite oyster recipes:

Light and Creamy Oyster Chowder with Salsify