Teach a Man to Fish 2008

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The Leather District Gourmet
Jacqueline Church
The Leather District Gourmet
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Boston, MA 02111
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For Immediate Release

Boston Blogger draws culinary stars to sustainable seafood blog event. What do Award-winning chefs and home cooks, cook book authors and famous bloggers worldwide all have in common? A growing interest in sustainable seafood issues and desire to share recipes, tips and resources with each other.

Boston, MA – September 29, 2008 – 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.

> Event extended to Oct 31 to incorporate National Sushi Party and Sushi Advocate Challenge!

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. And, it shows what a blogging community can achieve together.

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About Jacqueline Church:
Ms. Church is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Reuters, Chicago Sun-Times, Austin Statesman and more. She’s also a cook and traveler who has eaten her way across several countries including China, Japan, Italy, Germany, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina.  She clambered over Machu Picchu, walked icebergs in Antarctica, and dove to explore a shipwreck 100 feet below the waters of Curaçao. She has yet to fulfill her dream of filling a passport before it expires, but she vows to keep trying.

Having grown up on Jacques Cousteau and National Geographic, sustainable food issues are deeply important to her. She is currently working on a book about heritage pigs and the farmers who love them. Her blog, The Leather District Gourmet, has a low carbon, meat-free recipe feature weekly and an annual sustainable seafood blog event that was called “remarkable” by Sea Change Strategies and recognized by the Seafood Watch Program.

About TAMTF 2007:

In just two weeks, Teach a Man to Fish in its inaugural year:

  • Over two dozen recipes came in from Kerala to Croatia. South Africa to “the far edge of nowhere”. Florida to Winnepeg. Napa Valley to Washington DC.
  • The wrap up gathered live links to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch site on each selection.
  • Each entry includes a photo, a link to sustainability information, and a link to the participant’s blog or website.
  • Participants included award winning chefs Barton Seaver and Peter Pahk, home cooks participated, even a NASCAR driver!
  • See wrap up of 2007 event here: It’s a Wrap!

3 Responses to “Teach a Man to Fish 2008”

  1. Funny to have found you (a neighbor) through the Haphazard Girls, but happy I did! This event is brilliant!

  2. Cornelia – Thanks for introducing yourself and Homegrown. I love it!

  3. I have no fish dish recipe to share with the world. My most inexpensive way to sate my appetite for fish is to go buy a whole fish (spot, etc.), have it cleaned with the head on, bot broil in my toaster oven. Eat it with grated Daikon and dribble of Japanese soy sauce. One must be adept with chopsticks to eat the meat off the fish, not to get bones to get stuck in your throat, but it’s fun, delicious and goes perfect with steamed rice and miso soup.

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