UNH Hosts Gourmet Dinner to Benefit Seacoast Fishing Industry


The University of New Hampshire will host its first benefit gourmet dinner with Seacoast Local’s new food program, ReRootEd and Granite State Fish Sunday, March 4, 2012, at Thompson School, Cole Hall.

The University of New Hampshire will host its first benefit gourmet dinner with Seacoast Local’s new food program, ReRootEd and Granite State Fish Sunday, March 4, 2012, at Thompson School, Cole Hall.

“The department of hospitality management has raised the bar in terms of local product usage. We seek sustainably produced, beautiful food — truly the best comes from area farms and now the sea. Our students are going to the docks to pick up shrimp, and some will go out on boats. Actually, I can’t believe how enthusiastic they all are about these opportunities.” said Amy Winans, coordinator of the gourmet dinner and lecturer in hospitality management.

The gourmet dinner will be hosted in collaboration with Seacoast Local and Granite State Fish. Beer, wine, and passed hors d’oeuvres will be held from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. Each table will be paired with local celeb chefs and hardworking fisherman at each table. Guests will have the opportunity to join the conversation, ask questions, and offer solutions.

If the cause isn’t enough to intice you to join us, the menu probably will:

hors doeuvres
sundried anchovies, spicy chilies, peanuts + beer shooter
potato wafer, vodka cured cod, crème fraiche, red hot pearls
oysters on the half, lemon Tabasco, hot sesame chili, sake lime sauces
 vegetable pickles
 good bread, maple-tarragon butter
brown turkey figs, persimmon, arugula, watercress, black pepper—vanilla bean vinaigrette
red kuri squash soup, poached lobster, herbed spatzle, curry butter
roasted whole sweet onion, shrimp, handmade couscous, purple asparagus, yellow wax beans
chocolate bing cherry bread pudding, white chocolate sorbet
smuttynose Star Island brew
french press coffee and tea service

Attire is trendy casual — come as you are. Prepare to relax, share a night out with old friends and new. Expect high-end food in a playful, informal setting.

Through community involvement, education and dedication, Granite State FISH seeks to engage the general public and seafood consumers while strengthening the role of New Hampshire fishermen to ensure fishing remains a community-based business based on principles of ecological responsibility, economic sustainability, community stewardship, and healthy food systems.

Seacoast Local is devoted to educating the Seacoast about the community benefits of directing more of our money locally, in order to increase our region’s economic, community and environmental strength. Our role is to be the forum where locally owned, independent businesses come together to lead this transformation, within their own business and in partnership with our community.

ReRootEd, the food program under Seacoast local is charged to increase the role local, independent businesses play in building and supporting a sustainable local economy. Programs include Local Food Network, “Fishtival,” fish feasibility study (dock to restaurant and other channels), and they are launching highly anticipated farm dinners summer 2012 in the Seacoast region. 

Dinner tickets are $60 a person. To purchase tickets, visit http://guide.seacoastlocal.org/local-fish-dinner. Tickets are limited and selling fast. Proceeds will go toward Granite State Fish and ReRootEd for a collaborative fish industry feasibility study.

The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea, and space-grant university, UNH is the state’s flagship public institution, enrolling 12,200 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students. Home to the oldest endowed sustainability program in U.S. higher education, UNH is an award-winning leader in integrating sustainability across curriculum, operations, research and engagement. Learn more at www.sustainableunh.unh.edu.