11/14/2011 05:08 pm ET Updated Nov 14, 2011

BlackSalt Presents An Oyster Guide For Beginners (PHOTOS)

WASHINGTON -- The Huffington Post checked out this weekend's BlackSalt charity oyster tasting event we previewed in last weekend's to-do guide. It lived up to the hype: About a dozen different types were shucked and waiting on ice for consumption. But it was an educational event, too: Even seasoned oyster-eaters had something to learn from lengthy descriptions that accompanied each selection.

Tickets were a bit pricy -- between $85 and $95 a pop -- but it all went to benefit the Washington Nationals' Pediatric Diabetes Care Complex at Children's National Medical Center. In case you didn't make it out, we've compiled some of the event's best hits in mollusk form. Click through the below gallery to learn a bit about the wide range of bivalves.

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