Meet Rachel Precious
Precious Oysters Raw Bar Catering is a reflection of everything Rachel Precious is passionate about: conservation and sustainability, the ocean, working with her hands, fresh food, and farming. Her raw bars are the culmination of years spent exploring the world: with a BS in wildlife conservation biology, she’s traveled far and wide through volunteer work and seasonal jobs. She’s been a vineyard worker in Australia, a lobster farmer in Nicaragua, a wedding planner in New York City, and a carpenter in Connecticut - to name a few! Now, having returned to her hometown of Westport, CT, she’s revisiting a familiar landscape through the lens of oysters.
Business Meets Passion
In 2016, she began working on oyster boats in Connecticut and spent the following five years learning every aspect of the industry, from long days on the harvest boats to even longer days in the office. One day, her boss handed her a knife, pulled an oyster out of the water, and taught her how to use the knife to shuck. With this new skill, she envisioned her background of wedding planning, her passion for conservation, and her knowledge of oyster farming coming together in a way where she could share her experiences with people. Today, she tells her stories as she shucks for weddings, birthdays, graduations, retirements, and more, with the goal of using her raw bars to inspire guests to become ocean stewards.
When she’s not behind the raw bar, Rachel’s an avid rock climber, writer, and travel junkie. She is a life-long activist fighting for a brighter future for our planet: she’s the Chair of the Connecticut chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and a member of Senator Chris Murphy’s Long Island Sound Advisory Council.