On March 2, 2015, I had the pleasure of attending a very special event at the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) in beautiful Boston, MA for Fish & Men, a Feature Documentary. This film explores the changing fishing industry while attempting to help the consumer, the environment and most importantly, the fishermen, according to filmmakers Adam Richard Jones and Darby Duffin.
Roger Berkowitz, President and CEO of Legal Sea Foods moderated the event and highlighted the main topic: “A Conversation about Spawning a Sustainable Future”. Delicious, sustainable seafood was provided by Northeast Oceans and prepared by the outstanding chefs at Dole & Bailey, which was served after the 1 ½ hour long informative discussion and viewing of the Fish & Men film trailer.
The purpose of the event was to have a discussion about the sustainability of the American Fishing Industry and how we all can stand with Fish & Men to preserve the oceans, fish, our fishermen and fishing communities, together spawning a movement to create a sustainable future for all! ~ (See review of the event here).
Ed Brylczyk, Corporate Chef for Dole & Bailey, and his team put together a wonderful assortment of sustainable seafood apps to drive home the point that under-utilized, locally caught, sustainable seafood can indeed be delicious, nutritious and desired by American consumers. Served with local drinks provided by Polar Beverages and Peak Organic Brewing Company, it was a successful evening:
Smoked Bluefish Deviled Eggs: Slight smoky with a smooth texture on a perfectly cooked hard-boiled egg. Great starter.
Oysters 2-Ways: Pumpkin Seed Pesto Encrusted and Raw on the half-shell with a tart and sweet Oniony sauce for dipping.
Rhode Island Squid stuffed with Chorizo: Expertly cooked Squid that was an al-dente two-bite piece of heaven with slightly spicy chorizo stuffing.
Boston Blue Pollock (caught in Gloucester that morning) Casserole with Butternut Squash Risotto: Sweet, buttery and flaky…the star of the night (I want more, Ed!)
Beverages were supplied by Polar Beverages with assorted flavors available and Peak Organic Brewing Company providing full-bottle samples of their Nut Brown Ale, IPA, and Pale Ales. Delish!
What hit hard with me was that the food presented to the attendees was made with locally caught, sustainable and under-utilized seafood, not imported seafood like 91% of the seafood Americans consume.
Spreading the word about what is available, nutritious and desirable in the consumer’s minds can change the current broken supply chain into an ideal supply chain that works better.
One person who believes in this mission is Spencer C. Montgomery who through the Slow Food Network has brought under-utilized seafood into 8 schools in NH. He caught the ear of local chef Gary Weiss, Executive Chef at Cooley-Dickinson Hospital who thinks the program would do well in hospitals. I not only agree, but to see this mindset expanded into Retirement Homes, prisons, Universities or other public arenas (like sporting events or food festivals) would help the movement greatly.
The Seafood Masters at Dole & Bailey have proven that they can prepare appetizing and flavorsome food using locally caught, under-utilized and sustainable seafood that can affordably feed America without using imported seafood (which is partly to blame for slowly killing the American Fishing Industry), supporting a great cause.
The event was a complete triumph, and so was the food. Call Dole & Bailey and try some today!
~Photos courtesy of Dole & Bailey Instagram account