In this world of instant gratification, vending machines play a huge role for the average person needing a quick bite on the go. While most carry generic snacks: chips, Oreos, candy…a recent trend has sprung up of “classier” vending machines.
A few months ago, New Orleans made Champagne more readily available when they introduced a vending machine that sells $20 bottles of Moët & Chandon. In Paris, you can find one that sells high-quality raw meat. Bringing a bit of classic French cuisine across the ocean, San Francisco installed a vending machine that has freshly baked baguettes. The most recent addition to the craze is a 24-hour oyster vending machine on France’s Île de Ré.
Oyster farmers, Brigitte and Tony Berthelot, are the geniuses behind this latest installment. They discovered customers were still coming for oysters long after closing time. Don’t worry. The oysters are put in fresh every day and sold closed, so food poisoning won’t be an issue.
If you’re worried about an upcharge, have no fear…oysters found in the store and vending machine are all sold for the same price. They also offer services where you can order ahead via text. So, if you ever find yourself in that part of France, stop by and try some oysters from the vending machine. If anything, it will be a cool story to tell the grandkids someday.