Seafood Throwdown Finale! Passports & Dog Bar Cook Off Thursday At The Farmer’s Market

Seafood Throwdown Finale to Benefit Gulf of Mexico Fishing Communities

Passports & Dog Bar Cook Off in Support of Horizon Relief

My sister Felicia will be cooking with Chef Jeremy from Passports

Here’s The Press release-

Gloucester, MA – Two Main Street restaurants will come together at the Seafood Throwdown on Thursday, September 9, 2010 to benefit deckhands, dockworkers, laborers, plant workers and others in the Gulf of Mexico fishing communities whose lives remain uncertain in the wake of the BP oil disaster. Chef Jeremy Guyotte of Passports Restaurant and Chef Saskia Case of Dog Bar Restaurant – both on Gloucester’s Main Street – will be showing off their cooking skills for a cause using a locally available seafood. Unlike other Seafood Throwdowns, tastings of the chefs creations will not be free. Instead, the public is encouraged to give a donation to try what these two award winning restaurants will have to offer. All proceeds will be donated to Horizon Relief (http://horizonrelief.org/).

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A minimum donation of $3 per plate is requested, but there are no limits to what local food – especially local seafood – lovers can offer to taste the handiwork of these talented chefs. Anyone with proof that they gave to Horizon Relief prior to the event will jump to the head of the line.

“Just because we are not watching oil gush out into the Gulf of Mexico any longer doesn’t mean the problem has been solved. The Gulf’s ecosystem and fisheries as well as the lives of fishing communities in the Gulf – from fishermen to deckhands to plant and dock workers has bee affected indefinitely,” said Niaz Dorry, director of NAMA. “We haven’t solved the problem till we solve our addiction to fossil fuels.”

NAMA and others are advocating for a halt to oil and gas exploration and drilling, and a shift to cleaner energy that doesn’t shift our burden onto other communities, including the marine ecosystem.

This is the last Seafood Throwdown of 2010 in Gloucester. Seafood Throwdowns will be held at New Bedford’s Working Waterfront Festival on Sunday, September 26, Hampshire’s Fishtival on Saturday, September 25th and the Boston Local Food Festival on Saturday, October 2nd. For more details, please visit http://namanet.org/.

Seafood Throwdown was the brainchild of the partnership between the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market and the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) as a way of promoting locally caught seafood and gauging the community’s interest in Community Supported Fisheries (CSF). Tailored after the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, a CSF brings freshly caught local seafood to our kitchens while providing fishermen with a better price on less catch. CSF members give the fishermen financial support in advance, and in turn the fishermen provide a weekly share of locally caught seafood to their shareholders.

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