James Beard Award-winning Eventide Oyster Co. signs with The Lisa Ekus Group LLC for literary representation

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Sally Ekus
The Lisa Ekus Group, LLC

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Ariel Sasso Gardner
Marlo Marketing


Hatfield, MA – February 19, 2018 – The Lisa Ekus Group, LLC is pleased to announce that the agency will now represent Andrew Taylor, owner and chef;  Mike Wiley, owner and chef; and Arlin Smith, owner and general manager, of Eventide Oyster Co. for their literary endeavors. The trio recently finished a proposal with Boston Globe correspondent Sam Hiersteiner for their debut cookbook and are already in discussions with publishers.

“Portland and Eventide have become synonymous with tourists and locals alike,” Sally Ekus, co-owner and literary agent at The Lisa Ekus Group, said. “It’s very exciting to have the opportunity to bring a revered piece of New England into people’s homes and kitchens through the Eventide cookbook.”

Eventide Oyster Co., of Portland, ME, is a revival of the great American oyster bar that offers a fresh take on classic New England fare. The raw bar and small-plates restaurant opened in mid-2012, and quickly garnered both local and national attention. Eventide was celebrated in Food & Wines Best New Restaurants of 2012, and Andrew and Mike were finalists for the James Beard Award for the best chef in the Northeast in both 2014 and 2015, capturing the title in 2017 after their third nomination.

The restaurant’s bright colors, picnic table seating and reclaimed nautical lighting encourage a playful experience. Sunken into the concrete bar sits an enormous block of Maine granite that serves as the shellfish display, home to an ever-changing array of oysters and shellfish.  A counter-style reimagining of Eventide, Eventide Fenway, offers the tried and true classics made popular at the restaurant.  The Boston Globe called the casual destination “a rite of passage for every northbound seafood lover.”

From left, Mike Wiley, Andrew Taylor, Arlin Smith


After experience in the culinary scene through separate paths for years, Andrew, Mike, and Arlin joined forces in 2012 to purchase Hugo’s – where they were all employed – from their mentor, then-owner Rob Evans. They created Big Tree Hospitality, which since has opened Eventide Oyster Co., The Honey Paw, and Eventide Fenway with the purpose of delivering modern, innovative and influential dining experiences.  Today, Andrew guides the evolution of all of Big Tree Hospitality’s properties, in terms of culinary direction and overall growth of the brand; Mike has a hand in the culinary direction of all of Big Tree Hospitality’s properties, as well as the group’s continued evolution and growth; and Arlin drives the Big Tree brand forward by directing front-of-house management across existing restaurants, and advising on concept, build out, and design of forthcoming properties.

Welcome, Andrew, Mike, Arlin, and the entire Eventide team!

For more information about Eventide, please visit:  http://www.eventideoysterco.com/

For more information about The Lisa Ekus Group, LLC, please visit: http://www.lisaekus.com