October is National Seafood Month. For the second year, we re-christen it: “National Sustainable Seafood Month.” Come share your knowledge and passion. Join award-winning chefs and cookbook authors, famous bloggers, foodies and home cooks as we swap recipes and stories. Just as sustainable sushi hits our collective consciousness (and pocket guides roll out), we have a chance to learn how to make more sustainable seafood choices at home.
Chef Rick Moonen, paraphrasing Carl Safina said: "If you don't think you have a connection to the ocean, taste your tears." A poignant reminder that we are, in fact, truly dependent on and interconnected with the oceans. Chef Moonen was instrumental in saving the swordfish from extinction, spearheading the ban successful enough to allow the population to recover. Now we know how to responsibly harvest this popular fish. This is truly a sustainability success story.
Join us for this virtual gathering of seafood lovers, the 2008 Teach a Man to Fish Sustainable Seafood Blog Event.
Who can participate?
Everyone! This year participants will include: Chefs Rick Moonen, Raghavan Iyer, Stuart Brioza, food bloggers James Beard Award winner, Carolyn Jung of The Food Gal; Lia Huber of Swirling Notions and frequent Cooking Light contributor, home cooks, foodies. Everyone with an interest in making more sustainable seafood choices can join us.
Why do it?
It's easy to be confused or disheartened when we hear all the bad news about fish populations threatened with extinction, closed salmon runs, unhealthy aquaculture. Light a candle rather than curse the darkness, it’s more positive and adds ambiance. We all learn from each other. Last year, participants from around the globe shared recipes, cooking techniques, resources, links, tips for talking to your fishmonger, and so much more.
It's fun and the wrap-up (slated for early November) will offer dozens of entries.
What do you have to do?
1. Prepare a recipe using sustainable seafood.
2. Send it along with a photo (200 x 200 pixels) in an email to the Leather District Gourmet. Subject line should read: "Teach a Man to Fish"
3. Include your blog or website URL; your name; country.
4. Tell us why sustainable seafood is important to you or what you're learning about it.
Last year's event helped raise awareness of sustainable seafood and the blog event was recognized by the Seafood Watch program of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Sea Change Strategies called it “remarkable.” This year promises to be even better with more exciting participants joining our stellar inaugural crew.
This event is a prime example of what one woman, armed with a little determination and a lot of caffeine, can do. Join me, won't you?
Expanded to include National Sushi Challenge. See this post for more info.