Join us for two conversations at this year's Let's Talk About Food Festival:
On the main stage we'll be joining Chatham fisherman Doug Feeney, and Jared Auerbach of Boston’s seafood wholesaler Red’s Best to tell you about dogfish. Also knowns as Cape Shark, this is a local, sustainable, delicious fish and abundant in Massachusetts waters. Yet 99% of what we catch gets shipped overseas. We'll talk about what it takes to get it onto your plate, and how our fishing industry will benefit. Also on stage will be Matt Celeste, chef of the Island Creek Oyster Bar in Burlington teaching a simple dogfish recipe to make at home.
At the Endless Table we'll talk about fair prices, and the role an unjust price and monopolies play in forcing fishermen - and farmers - into a high volume/low value approach to their businesses decreasing their sustainability goals and increasing their impact on the ocean. We'll talk about the current system that is causing this problem and what you can do to shift it.
Were Back! We are having a Seafood Throwdown at this amazing country fair in Unity Maine. Come join us and learn more about those underappreciated fish. Watch the chefs create beautiful dishes using local seafood and local produce! Experience the smells and join in on the tasting of this mystery seafood. We will be at the Country Kitchen Demo section of the Common Ground Fair, come on down and support your local fishermen, and farmers. and meet two local chefs that will be competing against each other in this friendly cooking competition; Genevieve MacDonald of Chix Who Fish will be going head to head with Chef Dede’ Sylvester of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.
Emcee Keith Hebert will be giving you a play by play of all the action at this Seafood Throwdown. He is a musician, a comedian, and works for The Browne Family of Maine which has been in the fish and caviar trade for generations, providing the freshest fish, handcrafted smoked seafood and the finest caviar to restaurants throughout the United States. Keith just recorded a new album to be coming out in time for the holidays. Come check him out, and learn where he will be playing in near future.
The Chefs dishes will be scored by three judges: Patrick Shepard with Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries; He was raised in a fishing family, starting a fishing business with his brother Matt at 8 years old. He has a B.S. in Marine Affairs from the University of RI. Pat is the Manager of the Northeast Coastal Communities Sector, an organization of small scale hook fishermen in the groundfish fishery. If you have a question; he will have an answer.
Amanda Beal who is on the Board of NAMA and MOFGA and the Executive Director of Main Farmland Trust; she knows what’s going on in your community, if you have a question just ask her!
Paul Molyneaux of Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries is also a fishermen, he will know all about that MYSTERY FISH. Come and listen to him speak; he has first-hand encounters of what’s going on in our ocean. He has also published several critically acclaimed books on fisheries, The Doryman’s Reflection: A Fisherman’s Life; Swimming in Circles: Aquaculture and the End of Wild Oceans; and A Child’s Walk in the Wilderness.
See You There...