List of Past Events


Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
New Bedford - Fishermen's Wharf/Pier 3 - Steamship Pier

New Bedford, MA - Seafood Throwdown at the Working Waterfront Festival

Date: Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
New Bedford - Fishermen's Wharf/Pier 3 - Steamship Pier

You can't miss this one, Working Waterfronts Seafood Throwdown is amazing! Lots of space to sit and watch the chefs prepare to please the pallet of the panel of judges that have been selected from the community. A fishermen will bring in a mystery seafood from his catch of the day, then the chefs will be escorted via police car to the farmers market to get locally grown/made products that would compliment their culinary delight they are creating for all to taste.

 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Newport, RI at the Seamen’s Church Institute

Rhode Island Policy Council host Ross Peasall, Ocean State Fresh, will be joined by featured guests: Brett Tolley at the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) and members of the Newport Lobster Shack Cooperative, to lead a room-wide discussion on how making the decision to buy "local" seafood is important for the RI fishing community and how regional and federal policies around seafood can help or hinder the well-intentioned "Buy Local" movement.

Please join us before the Conversation for a light supper featuring seafood from local waters in a historical community gathering space dedicated to providing services to those associated with the sea. Please join!

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Unity - Common Ground Fair at 294 Crosby Brook Road

 

Come down and be with us at this great fair and help drive home the importance of locally caught seafood and learn about the plight of community based fishermen.  The event is free to the public and is sponsored by Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and Penobscot East Resource Center. Its purpose is to educate the audience about the state of our fishing communities, the health of the ocean, and the importance of under-appreciated species using locally caught seafood.

Bobby Will from Fathom restaurant in Bar Harbor will go up against Cassady Pappas from Havana also of Bar Harbor.

Bobby has spent the past 15 years in professional kitchens in the Boston and New York State area. “My focus has always been driven towards seasonal, farm to table cooking. My menus are very seafood heavy and as best as possible I always seek the off the grid, underutilized fish.

Cassady has a rich culinary background as well. At Havana, he prepares local seafood, vegetarian and meat dishes with a Latin flair and an eye toward sustainability. Cassady consistently seeks out New England farmers and fishermen to purchase products that taste great, and are great for the environment and local economy.

While they work, Emcee Patrick Shepard of Stonington-based Penobscot East Resource Center will be keeping the mic alive with a host of special guests.
Also on deck for interviews will be the panel of judges: Amanda Beal - Sustainable Food Systems Research and Policy Consultant and NAMA board member, Jennifer Obadia - Sustainable Food Systems Consultant working with Health Care Without Harm, Tim Goltz – Administrator at Lincoln County General Hospital, and Aaron Dority – Federal Policy Director at Penobscot East.

Seafood Throwdowns are designed to be fun events that help the public understand the ecological, social, food system, and economic importance of locally caught seafood and community-based fisheries.
For more information, please contact Patrick Shepard at 207-367-2708, or Cynthia Bush at 978-281-6934

    

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 (All day) - Saturday, September 20, 2014 (All day)
Hatteras, NC

One of our favorite events is happening again this year. Days at the Dock will kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 18 with with yet another memorable Talk of the Villages: Local and Underloved at the Hatteras Village Civic Center.

The roundtable discussion will explore what it means to eat local, sustainable seafood, and how consumers and the seafood industry can help protect healthy oceans and support vibrant local fishing communities.

Panelists Jared Auerbach of Red’s Best in Boston, Kelly Harrell with the Alaska Marine Conservation Council in Anchorage, and Mark Marhefka from Abundant Seafood in Mount Pleasant, SC will share personal stories about their experiences charting innovative entrepreneurial and advocacy solutions that promote responsible seafood sourcing.

This year's Seafood Throwdown will feature chefs from two of Hatteras Island's most popular restaurants will display their seafood cooking skills in a Seafood Throwdown at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Day at the Docks in Hatteras village.

The free event will take place in the Day at the Docks Food Demo tent located in the parking area at Oden's Docks.

Guests will see Seth Foutz from Ketch 55 Seafood Grill in Avon and Eric Gill from Breakwater Restaurant in Hatteras prepare dishes using a local seafood ingredient that will be revealed only when the event gets underway.

Throwdown judges are Jared Auerbach, owner of Red's Best,  a wholsale seafood distributing company based in Boston, commercial fisherman Mark Marhefka who owns Abundant Seafood and sells his catch to Charleston, SC restaurants, and Elizabeth Wiegand,  author of The Outer Banks Cookbook and Food Lovers' Guide to NC's Outer Banks, and Carolina Foodie blogger.

Bob Barris and Amy Huggins Gaw will serve as throwdown emcees.  Barris is a real estate broker with Hatteras Realty who is also an accomplished seafood cook and who once worked as a commercial fisherman.  Gaw is owner and founder of Outer Banks SeaSalt and Outer Banks Epicurean, and writes the Salt Shaker column for Coast magazine.

Jeff Aiken, owner of Jeffrey's Seafood, will provide the secret seafood ingredient and will join Barris and Gaw on stage to talk about what it takes to get seafood from the water to the dinner plate. 

The Conetoe Family Life Center in Edgecombe County is providing produce from its community garden for the event.  Students at the Center farm 17 acres and sell produce and honey at farmers' markets and to grocery stores and restaurants. Income from the project goes into scholarships funds for youth members.  Honey and produce will be available for purchase at Day at the Docks.

The Day at the Docks Seafood Throwdown is sponsored by NC Sea Grant, NC Watermen Foundation, and NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Boston - Rose Kennedy Greenway-Milk Street & Atlantic Ave Intersection

We are excited to come back to this amazing festival, right in the heart of the city. Come join us at the Boston Local Food Festival and see two local chefs competing for the judges pallet. Mystery Seafood from a local dayboat and farmers locally grown produce will be used to create their culinary delights!

Community, Community, Community...All the Way!
We have two amazing organizations from Boston competing in this friendly cooking competition! Each of these organizations help our local community members live a better life!

(ROC) Restaurant Opportunity Center vs Community Servings!

 

ROC is a local restaurant workers organization. Thier mission is to improve working conditions in the restaurant industry. Chef Rachael Collins will represent ROC. Rachel is from Rialto Restaurant, which creates amazing dishes using New England ingredients with regional Italian culinary. The Boston Globe awarded Rialto a coveted four stars in three consecutive reviews and Gourmet Magazine named it one of the "World's Top Hotel Restaurants".


Community Servings of Boston is a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and thier families living with critical and chronic illnesses. Executive Chef Kevin Connor will represent them.  Kevin has been a profession chef for 15 years and has spent the last 2 years at Community Servings.

Dual Emceeing this spectacular event will be John Taraborelli & Michael GazdackoJohn is the Communications Director at the Elorza for Mayor in Providence RI and the Host of Providence Pecka Kucha Night. Michael is the Director of Development & Operations at Urban Smart Growth. Both guys are very engaging and will give you a play by play of all the action!

There will be a panel of remarkable judges, Some are Authors from "A New England Food Vision".  Commissioner Mary Griffin of the Department of Fish Game, along with Commissioner Gregory Watson of the Department of Agriculture, Elene Bezahler editor of Edible Boston, Liz Morningstar, CEO Boston Public Market, and Karen Spiller.  Stay tuned, More to come.


                                    

 

Thursday, September 11, 2014 (All day) - Saturday, September 13, 2014 (All day)
Raleigh, NC

Yes... it's Farm Aid time again, and we're on the #Road2FarmAid again. This year with a dozen fishermen and advocates from North Carolina participating in the events leading up to the concert, "Let's Make A [Ocean] Grab" game at the Homegrown Village, local seafood backstage and in the VIP tent, and for the first time even a seafood vendor for the concert goers! Find us at Farm Aid 2014.

Stay tuned for more details.

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Gloucester - Stage Fort Park-by the Gazebo

 Come join us at the Park for a Seafood Throwdown between two award winning local chefs! Chef Paolo Laboa who won the 2008 Pesto Championship in Italy, along with Mercedes Flavin will be representing “Paolo’s”. A new restaurant that will be opening this fall on Duncan Street in Gloucester.

They will be competing against Rosalie Harrington who had Rosalie's in Marblehead for nearly twenty five years. Rosalie was one of the original hosts on the Food Network after hosting cooking shows on Boston TV. And, it was no mystery to writers like Robert Parker with his “Looking for Rachel Wallace” and “Spenser For Hire” series where the best Italian food in Boston could be found.

The chefs create aromas that will draw you in close. Watch, listen and learn how to be your own culinary expert creating dishes for your family at home by using local dayboat seafood and local farmers produce.

You will be given a play by play of how these chefs are preparing this mystery seafood dish by Peter Van Ness of GimmeSound.com. So come on over to this great park and enjoy the show. 

You will learn about the local mystery seafood that is so plentiful and delicious but unknown to the regular markets. Lets create a demand for this underloved species!  Once you taste, the sweetness of this unusual  fresh local dayboat fish, You will want more!

One of the judges, is Stacia Clinton, from  Health Care Without Harm, who is instrumental in bringing fresh local seafood into the hospitals. She will be there to witness the transformation of the mystery fish and share how this Healthcare movement is bringing quality nutrition to patients in hospitals across New England. Two more judges will be lining up to join Stacia in this tasting competition. Who's going to win over the judges pallet?

Along with the cookoff, You will see upclose a fillet demonstration from Gloucesters very own Steve Parkes!

 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Rye Center - behind the Congregational Church at 580 Washington Road

Come and learn how to prepare a locally caught and grown culinary delight for your family, by using the Rye Market's vendors. You are in for an unusual twist to this Seafood Throwdown! We have two local chefs who are brothers, competing at this farmers market Seafood Throwdown in an "Iron Chef" style cooking event highlighting locally caught seafood and items available for purchase at the market

The Hebert Brothers, Justin and Mike will be tantalizing your senses, with the aromas of fresh local seafood and produce cooking on an outdoor grill for all to see as they transform a not so known (under-appreciated) mystery fish into a mouth watering sensation for you to taste. The tastings are free so come down early and watch from start to finish how they work their magic, and learn more about these species that are untouched but plentiful.

The Mystery Seafood will be supplied and unveiled by NH Community Seafood, the second year in a row they have made such a generous contribution to this event!
Our Emcee Spencer Montgomery will give you a play by play of the whole event. Spencer who is the USA Slow Food/Slow Youth Organizer is very charismatic, you will have so much fun with his interactive Emceeing style.
And to top it off we have 3 local citizens who will be judging! Jane Holway who is a member of the community, and Trish Quinn who is the Assistant Director of the local library, and Dr. Tom Sherman from the Core Physicians LLC.
So come to Rye NH Farmers Market and experience for yourself this entertaining, educating, mouthwatering event!

                                               

 

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm
University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA

 

Join us for CAGJ’s annual Food Justice dinner! Enjoy a delicious meal made with local and Fair Trade ingredients while learning about relevant issues and networking with small-scale farmers, fishers, advocates and allied organizations. Support your local economy and be part of the vibrant food justice community by buying a ticket today.
Tickets on sale now: slee2014.brownpapertickets.com
SAT July 26th, 2014
University Christian Church- 4731 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
5:00-9:00PM
Keynote – “Who Feeds Us Matters: Fishers and Farmers Taking Back Control of Our Food Supply” – by Niaz Dorry, Coordinating Director, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
Taking Action for Food Justice: Valerie Segrest, Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project
Schedule of Events:
Happy Hour 5:00-6:30: Enjoy libations, live music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a Silent Auction, and the opportunity to acquaint yourself with featured food justice organizations and groups promoting urban agriculture, food sovereignty and Fair Trade.
Dinner 6:30-9:00: Enjoy a scrumptious locally sourced and Fair Trade meal prepared by CAGJ Chefs, Local 360, Madre’s Kitchen, & Community Kitchens Northwest. The Dessert Auction featuring 40 different desserts will make your mouth water!
Tickets: Purchase online
Sliding scale $40-$100. Please be generous in your support! We want to make this event accessible to everyone while also recognizing the need for us to raise crucial funds. Paying at the $100 level will support a farmer/food worker. This gives you entry and also ensures that a local member of our food economy can be an honored guest at our event. Kids are only $10!
*If you are unable to afford a full-price ticket, please contact us for solidarity tickets.
Thank you to the Sponsors! Central Co-op, Chinook Book, Equal Exchange, Loki Fish Co., Sound Seismic, REal Change, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21
Thank you to the Community Partners! Antioch’s Center for Creative Change, Backbone Campaign, Cascade Harvest Coalition, Chinook Book, Clean Greens Farm & Market, Community Kitchens Northwest, Danny Woo Community Garden, Domestic Fair Trade Association, iLEAP: The Center for Critical Service, Lettuce Link/Solid Ground, Northwest Farm Bill Action Group , Readers to Eaters, Seattle CISPES, Seattle Good Business Network, Seattle Tilth, Sightline Institute, Sustainable Ballard, Urban Food Link, Village Volunteers, Wallingford Meaningful Movies, Washington Fair Trade Coalition,  Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network
Interested in learning more? Contact Danielle@seattleglobaljustice.org for more information!

Join us for CAGJ’s annual Food Justice dinner! Enjoy a delicious meal made with local and Fair Trade ingredients while learning about relevant issues and networking with small-scale farmers, fishers, advocates and allied organizations. Support your local economy and be part of the vibrant food justice community by buying a ticket today.

Tickets on sale now: slee2014.brownpapertickets.comSAT July 26th, 2014University Christian Church- 4731 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 981055:00-9:00PM

Keynote – “Who Feeds Us Matters: Fishers and Farmers Taking Back Control of Our Food Supply” – by Niaz Dorry, Coordinating Director, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

Taking Action for Food Justice: Valerie Segrest, Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project

Schedule of Events:Happy Hour 5:00-6:30: Enjoy libations, live music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a Silent Auction, and the opportunity to acquaint yourself with featured food justice organizations and groups promoting urban agriculture, food sovereignty and Fair Trade.

Dinner 6:30-9:00: Enjoy a scrumptious locally sourced and Fair Trade meal prepared by CAGJ Chefs, Local 360, Madre’s Kitchen, & Community Kitchens Northwest. The Dessert Auction featuring 40 different desserts will make your mouth water!

Tickets: Purchase onlineSliding scale $40-$100. Please be generous in your support! We want to make this event accessible to everyone while also recognizing the need for us to raise crucial funds. Paying at the $100 level will support a farmer/food worker. This gives you entry and also ensures that a local member of our food economy can be an honored guest at our event. Kids are only $10!*If you are unable to afford a full-price ticket, please contact us for solidarity tickets.

Thank you to the Sponsors! Central Co-op, Chinook Book, Equal Exchange, Loki Fish Co., Sound Seismic, REal Change, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21

Thank you to the Community Partners! Antioch’s Center for Creative Change, Backbone Campaign, Cascade Harvest Coalition, Chinook Book, Clean Greens Farm & Market, Community Kitchens Northwest, Danny Woo Community Garden, Domestic Fair Trade Association, iLEAP: The Center for Critical Service, Lettuce Link/Solid Ground, Northwest Farm Bill Action Group , Readers to Eaters, Seattle CISPES, Seattle Good Business Network, Seattle Tilth, Sightline Institute, Sustainable Ballard, Urban Food Link, Village Volunteers, Wallingford Meaningful Movies, Washington Fair Trade Coalition,  Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network

Interested in learning more? Contact Danielle@seattleglobaljustice.org for more information!

 

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Sandwich - Seafest on the canal

Come to this unique celebration! The very first Seafood Throwdown ever at Sandwich's Seafest! You will find chefs creating seafood dishes to impress the judges and lure the expected 5000 attendees with their amazing aromas of the local dayboat seafood and local farmers produce they are preparing.  A local restaurant The Marshland, a local inn The Daniel Webster Inn and a local caterer TBA will be competing in this Triple Crown Seafood Throwdown!  

The Judges are: Dianne Langeland from Edible Cape Cod Magazine, Heather Atwood, a Sandwich native and experienced NAMA Throwdown Judge Writer for Gloucester Times - "Food for Thought" and Jim Govoni, a Sandwich native and trained chef; currently chef at Decatur House in Sandwich.

You will get a play by play of all the action by this Dual Emcee team of State Representative Randy Hunt and the National Coordinator for Slow Food Youth USA, Spencer Montgomery.These guys are funny, engaging, and will make you want to get in on the action!

Thanks to Stop & Shops Food Pantry they will be providing the local produce for the chefs to compliment thier local mystery catch dish!

SEE YOU THERE!

Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Brooklyn, NY- between Prospect Park West & Flatbush Avenue

 

 

There will be two chefs facing off against each other in a heart-pounding race to transform a secret seafood ingredient, combined with the farmers market produce into culinary delights! A panel of local people will be selected to judge the chefs creations, and there will be an Emcee giving you a play by play of what the chefs are doing to create the amazing dishes they will be serving to these judges. So plan to spend an hour or two with us enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells of this event! Your sure to pick up a trick or two to take home and create your own culinary delight for your family, using fresh local seafood and produce bought at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket.

 

In this Iron-Chef inspired program, Cheryl Smith of Cheryl’s Global Soul will be returning to defend her 2012 title against Shanna Pacifico of Pacifico’s Fine Foods.

Judging this spectacular competition will be Blue Moon Fish’s Stephanie Villani, Michael Crocker, author of Sharing the Ocean, and Anthony Fassio of Slow Food NYC.
Chef Emily Peterson of Heritage Radio Network will emcee the event giving the play-by-play of all the action.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 11:30am - 1:30pm
Boston, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology-Tremont Street Entry to the festival

 

 

 

 

 

The first Seafood Throwdown ever at the Boston Jerkfest! The Seafood Throwdown at Boston Jerkfest is part of a Boston-wide campaign to promote local seafood in our community, raising awareness about sustainability, seasonality and health benefits of cooking with local dayboat seafood that comes from our own community.

For this one of a kind Seafood Throwdown, we'll have chefs Sean O'Brien of Cuisine En Locale in Somerville, MA cooking off against Nadine Nelson of Global Local Gourmet.

Chef Ken C Mar will do an "Unfilet Whole fish demo" right after the Seafood Throwdown competition- you don't want to miss that!

So come down and enjoy the Jerkfest Seafood Throwdown and watch the chefs prepare spicy caribbean dishes for all to smell and taste. The aromas will pleasure your senses, and take you to your own Jamaican Jerk Retreat!

This Seafood Throwdown is part of our Celebrate the Fruits of Our Ocean Campaign in collaboration with Health Care Without Harm and Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness.

For directions, please visit this link.

 

Thursday, June 12, 2014 (All day) - Friday, June 13, 2014 (All day)
Hope Artiste Village, Pawtucket, RI

We're looking forward to participating in the Fourth Annual New England Food Summit! Please explore this site to learn more about what we have planned and to connect with other delegates.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 (All day) - Friday, June 13, 2014 (All day)
Oakland, CA

Fishing community leaders will join hundreds of entrepreneurs and local business leaders at the 12th Annual BALLE Conference in Oakland, CA, to dive deep into the most energized issues in the Localist movement today. Join us in this conversation, and help create a new economy with a living and breathing heart of justice at its center, something BALLE calls Prosperity for All.

Together we will explore the challenges, emerging trends, opportunities and ways to rebuild our economic system in six critical areas: Finance for Resilient Local Economies; Ecosystems for Community Entrepreneurship; Leadership Development for a New Economy; a Localist Policy Agenda; the New Food Economy; and the Future of Ownership.

Friday, June 6, 2014 (All day) - Sunday, June 8, 2014 (All day)
Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Join us and hundreds of others at CommonBound, a gathering of minds and hearts focused on creating new economies. Hosted by the New Economy Coalition.

Our director, Niaz Dorry, will be part of two panel discussions during the event:

  • Organizing for Regional Resilience: Protecting the Commons & Building the New Economy
  • Businesses For A Sustainable Economy: Shifting Markets & Policy

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Providence RI-Armory Park-The Dexter Training Ground on Parade Street Street

Armory Park in Providence RI is having a Seafood Throwdown at their Grand Opening of their Farmers Market! This is the 2nd annual Seafood Throwdown event at Armory Park. If you missed this last year, don't worry, your in for a treat! We have dual Emcees that are so funny and engaging with the audience, you will have a blast in this interactive event, where you see, smell and taste the culinary delights that have been created, while being entertained and informed every step of the way.FarmFreshRIFarmFreshRI

 

Come and meet the players:

Please welome the JUDGES: Sean Larkin, Providence Kickball League, John Schenck, Edible Rhody Magazine & Patrick McEvoy, West Broadway Neighborhood Association.

The EMCEES: Michael Gazdacko, the Director of Development and Operations at Urban Smart Growth and Host of Providence PechaKucha Night.  And John Taraborelli, Communications Director at the Elorza for Mayor Campaign. (there back from last year)

The CHEFS: Peter Gobin from Mijos Tacos (defending champion) and soon to be announced the mystery 2nd chef!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 (All day) - Thursday, May 22, 2014 (All day)
Detroit, MI

We're excited to join hundreds of fellow food activists at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's 2014 Food & Community Gathering: Harvesting Change.

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 8:00am - 4:00pm
Burlington, MA
Healthy Food in Health Care New England Work Group Summit
Health Care leading the way to healthy food for prevention 
 
Lean how the Affordable Care Act can support your healthy food efforts 
  • Identify challenges and barriers to sourcing local and sustainable foods
  • Learn best practices and strategies from hospitals throughout the region
  • Initiate a regional procurement and communication strategy with hospitals in other Healthy Food in Health Care State Work Groups
  • Motivate clinician to institutionalize change
  • Support achieving the national Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI)  Food Challenge 
Who is attending
  • Leading health care food service directors, wellness coordinators, sustainability directors, active in one of the 7 state Healthy Food in Health Care Work Groups
  • Clinician champions who recognize the importance of a healthy food system for prevention-based care
This event is co-hosted by Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) and Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA), a Support Organization of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative.
 
Healthy Food in Health Care Program
Healthy Food in Health Care (HFHC) is a national initiative of Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), developed in conjunction with its member organizations. HFHC harnesses the purchasing power and expertise of the health care sector to advance the development of a healthy and sustainable food system. Founded in 2005, the program utilizes advocacy and education to motivate facilities to implement programs that explicitly connect all aspects of the food system with health. We catalyze sustainable procurement efforts, create clinician advocates, and inspire health care institutions to become leaders in shaping a food system that supports prevention-based health care.  Learn more at: www.healthyfoodinhealthcare.org 
 
 The Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization comprised of hospitals and health systems, related organizations, and other members with a common interest in promoting the good health of the people of the Commonwealth. Through leadership in public advocacy, education, and information, MHA represents and advocates for the collective interests of its members and supports their efforts to provide high quality, cost effective and accessible care.
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Chatham MA

Come to the Docks in Chatham MA for a Seafood Throwdown hosted by the Women of Fishing Families. The Seafood Throwdown will take place with the celebration of The Blessing of The Fleet. Your in for a great time! One chef is a fishermen's wife, chocolatier and a hugh food enthusiast! The EmCee is a long time fishermen, he's witty, quick and lots of fun plus a big foodie too! The judges will be kids from the community, what better way to impress, than children eating healthy delicious local seafood. Come see us and find out who can win the children's taste buds over.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 (All day) - Sunday, May 11, 2014 (All day)
Minneapolis, MN

Go Local, Grow Local conference will provide you with new insights, ideas and inspiration. But what really sets this event apart is practicality. Every session is designed to offer you specific actions that will yield tangible results for your organization, community or business. Presentations are brief and provide practical guidance while setting the stage for dialogue and action. You'll be a participant, not just an attendee.

If you're engaged in (or looking to start) a buy local campaign, economic development work, Main Street program, Chamber of Commerce, other work supporting independent businesses or operating one, you'll find this a valuable and unique event.

  • Learn how to organize a successful IBA or educational campaign in your community or get the latest innovations to ramp up the power of your existing campaign.
  • Participate in candid, nuts-and-bolts discussions about what’s been tried, what works…and what doesn’t with IBA directors and other Localization Movement leaders from around the country.
  • Energize yourself by spending 2½ days with some of the most inspiring and fun people you’ll ever meet!

Read more: http://www.amiba.net/conference#ixzz2x0LA8T9y

Thursday, April 17, 2014 (All day)
All over the globe


Around the globe, farmers, fishermen and food sovereignty allies will participate in solidarity actions to support the La Via Campesina's 'International Day of Peasants' Struggles'. These solidarity actions and events from around the world will highlight the significance and threats to our food sovereignty.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 8:30am - 1:30pm
Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Registration is now open for the 2014 Local Food Trade Show!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

8:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Northeastern University

Local Food Buyers and Producers are Invited to Meet and Begin Doing Business.  Click HERE to register today.

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts  (SBN) is offering its third Local Food Trade Show. The 2014 Local Food Trade Show is designed to facilitate connections and stimulate business relationships between producers and wholesale buyers of local food, with a focus on specialty crop food products in Massachusetts.

This event is ideal for restaurants and institutional buyers interested in trading with local food suppliers and who desire to buy more locally produced products from growers, fishermen, and value added producers from Massachusetts and New England.

The event is sponsored by Northeastern University, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MassGrown), Boston OrganicsPrism Energy Services and Edible Boston Magazine. Our partners for this event are Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) and Health Care Without Harm

Click HERE to see the latest 2014 Trade Show Exhibitors!

Event Itinerary:

  • 7:30am – 9:45am    Set-up for Exhibitors
  • 7:30am –  8:30am   Registration
  • 8:30am – 9:45am    Buyer Seminar
  • 9:45am – 12:00pm  Trade Show (Open Floor Trading)
  • 12:15pm – 1:30pm  Producer Seminar
  • Optional Lunch can be pre-ordered and will be available to pick up from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm

The Seminar Series will offer topics addressing best practices around some of the most pressing barriers to local food sales in Massachusetts as identified at our previous Trade Shows.  While both seminars are open to everyone, the first seminar will mainly be targeted to wholesale buyers, whereas the second seminar will mainly be geared towards producers.

  • The Buyer Seminar will be facilitated by Holly Fowler of Northbound Ventures, LLC. Holly is the Co-founder & CEO of Northbound Ventures, LLC a Somerville, MA-based advisory firm specializing in building sustainable communities and food systems with institutions, organizations, entrepreneurs, and investors.
  • The Producer Seminar will be facilitated by Kate Petcosky and Eva Agudelo of New Entry Sustainable Farming. New Entry works locally, regionally and across the country to strengthen local food systems by supporting new farmers.

The Trade Show portion of the event will allow producers to highlight their products to potential buyers, with a focus on wholesale relationships.

 

Who should attend?
Any wholesale buyers, who are interested in purchasing Massachusetts or New England-produced food items. These buyers can be supermarkets, co-ops, restaurants, hotels, institutions, schools, food processors in search of ingredients, distributors, or anyone else interested in local purchasing options.
*This event is intended for commercial buyers, not individual consumers.*

 

Getting There:

The SBN Local Food Trade Show will take place in the Indoor Quad and Ballroom in the Curry Student Center of Northeastern University. The Center is  located on the Main Campus here. Find directions here. Please click here for a campus map.

Parking:

A parking permit for the Renaissance Garage can be preordered for a discounted rate of $11.00. Renaissance Garage, 835 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02120

Thursday, February 27, 2014 (All day) - Saturday, March 1, 2014 (All day)
Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME

Capt. Keith Colburn from the TV Show "The Deadliest Catch" will be attending the entire Forum and will be a guest speaker at a Thursday Seminar.  See Commercial Fisheries News Article. 

It's all about Health this year!!

  • Free Health Clinic: Blood pressure checks, glucose screening, cholesterol screening.  A limited amount of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine may be available for a $10.00 donation (or free if a person is unable to pay).  Health information will be provided to attendees.  These services will be available on Thursday (10-4), Friday (9-4), and Saturday (9-3).
  • Free Skin Cancer Screening - Will be on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Free Audiology Tests - Will be on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Health Insurance Enrollment  Made Easy - Will be on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Click here for more info including list of items to bring if you want to enroll.

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Dorchester Winter Farmers Market

Join us and the Boston Collaborative For Food & Fitness, Chef Chris Douglass ofAshmont Grill & Tavolo Ristorante, and our partners in a celebration of the fruits of our ocean on February 23, 2014 at the Dorchester Winter Farmers' Market for a chef demonstration!

You will get the chance to:
- Watch local chef prepare a delicious seafood dish
- Discover the seasonality of fresh local seafood available in New England
- Enjoy free tasting*
- Learn about the health & environmental benefits of eating local day boat seafood 

Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness (BCFF) and its partners have launched Celebrate the Fruits of Our Ocean, a campaign promoting local seafood in the community. The campaign, developed in partnership withNorthwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA), HealthCareWithoutHarm's Healthy Food in Healthcare Program (HCWH), and with support from Boston Children's Hospital.

*Limited to 30 tastings. Must register on day of event at market for tasting.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 (All day) - Wednesday, February 12, 2014 (All day)
MIT Campus, Cambridge, MA

NAMA's director, Niaz Dorry, will be amongst the presenters at the 2014 Global Forum, which will focus on the global transformation from Ego-system to Eco-system Economies. This two-day highly participatory event will be held on the campus of MIT in Cambridge, MA (USA).

The 2014 Global Forum will showcase living examples and initiatives that generate profound change by shifting awareness from "Ego to Eco". The intention of our platform is to connect change makers across systems, sectors, and cultures in order to co-create a society that generates sustainability and well-being for all.

We see ourselves as part of a global movement that aims at shifting the economic discourse, from a focus merely on GDP to a focus on well-being (e.g., GNH or GPI), from scarcity to abundance, from exclusion to inclusion, from competition to co-creation, from reducing negative to generating positive impact, from transactional to transformative relationships, from exploitation to shared ecosystem prosperity.

To learn more, Download flyer or visit Forum website

Friday, January 31, 2014 (All day) - Sunday, February 2, 2014 (All day)
Washington, DC

NFFC members allies and collaborators come together for the winter board meeting and related activities. NAMA has been a member of NFFC since 2009. We're proud of our work with NFFC and our fellow members, and value the connections, lessons and opportunities the family farm movement has presented to fishing communities. We look forward to the upcoming gathering.

Photo is from NFFC Summer Meeting, July 2013. Stony Point Center, NY. Photo by Sara Mersha.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Boston, MA Boston Public Market Dewey Square, 600 Atlantic Avenue

Come join us at Boston Public Market Dewey Square for the season finale of NAMA's seafood events with a Seafood Cooking Demonstration! Enjoy the aroma of local seafood and local produce simmering in the Autumn air. Learn from Chef Dana Love of Kingston Station how to prepare a delicious seafood dish, while discovering the seasonality of fresh local seafood available in New England. Listen as Emcee Jason Tucker of Reds Best gives you a play by play of the strategies the chef is using. Jason will also be unveiling the Mystery Seafood to be cooked up by Chef Dana Love.
So come on down and be an active member of the audience, get close and personal, come right up to the cooking tables and take a look for yourself what the master chef is doing.
This is a perfect opportunity to use your senses; taste a sample of the chefs creation, watch the seafood dish being created, listen to the emcee's play by play of the event, and smell the aroma in the air! See you there...

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Rockport, MA on the T-Wharf downtown Rockport

Come down and join us for a Seafood Throwdown - a friendly cook off between Chef David Gauvin of Addison Gilbert Hospital and another local chef at Rockport HarvestFest. The chefs are given a mystery seafood caught by a local fisherman to transform into a meal in just one hour. Then the aroma begins! They fillet, and saute' filling the air with abundant smells. Once the chefs have created their dishes their creations will be judged by a local panel of Rockport residences. Then its your turn to taste what you have been smelling all along. Samples will be given out, please get there early so you can be in the front row to see the transformation of local seafood.

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Allston/Boston MA

Join us for a late afternoon cooking celebration, A local chef, using a locally caught mystery seafood and locally grown produce to create an amazing dish for you to taste. We will offer children's activities and a wealth of information about the mystery seafood that is plentiful, but not known. Come down and support your local fishermen and give that mystery seafood a try!

Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 11:30am - 2:00pm
Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, MA

Friday, October 4, 2013 - 11:00am - 2:00pm
Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington VT

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
New Bedford, MA

Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Common Ground Country Fair, Unity Maine

Its here again! We are having a Seafood Throwdown at this amazing country fair in Unity Maine. Come join us and learn more about those underappreciated fish. Watch the chefs create beautiful dishes using local seafood and local produce! Experience the smells and join in on the tasting of this mystery seafood.
We will be at the Country Kitchen section of the Common Ground Fair, come on down and support your local fishermen, and farmers.

Two local chefs will be competing against each other.

Chef Devin Finnigan from Aragosta in Stonington will be one of the chefs for the event.

Courtney Hill from Eventide in Portland Maine

This event will be judged by people in the community.

The Judges are:

One lucky audience member.

Ed Snell a local fishermen who has donated his daily catch to the Chefs for the Seafood Throwdown cook off.

Amanda Beal who is on the Board of NAMA.(her Bio is below)

Patrick Shepard who is a staff member of Penobscot East Resource Center of The Stonington Fisheries Alliance. (his Bio is below)

Emcee:

Aaron Dority will be the emcee giving you a play by play on the action.(his Bio is below)

Aaron Dority is the Downeast Groundfish Initiative Director with Penobscot East Resource Center since 2007. Located on the island of Deer Isle, in Stonington, Maine. Penobscot East works to secure a future for eastern Maine’s fishing communities by ensuring that fishermen become a voice for the diversity of fisheries and health of the eastern Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Penobscot East’s work is a mix of advocacy, education, and collaborative marine science.
Aaron has a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oregon. He lives in Blue Hill, Maine with his wife and their son.

Patrick Shepard grew up in Stonington, Maine, and fished commercially for lobsters with his brother, Matt, throughout his school years. Pat now works for Penobscot East Resource Center as their Fisheries Policy Associate. He runs their New Entrant Fishermen's Program, helping small scale fishermen improve their operations through business planning and diversifying their fishing efforts by entering new fisheries and performing research on experimental fishing gear. Pat also runs Penobscot East's Sentinel Survey Fishery, contracting with fishermen to monitor groundfish populations in the eastern Gulf of Maine using hook gear.

Amanda Beal‘s life-long love of food began on her family’s dairy farm in Litchfield, as well as on the coast of Maine where she has fond memories of digging for dinner alongside her grandfather in the clam flats. She has worked as a Sustainable Food Systems Research & Policy Consultant since 2009, focusing on sustainable food issues in Maine and New England, and is co-author of the soon to be published: A New England Food Vision: Healthy Food, Sustainable Farming & Fishing, Thriving Communities. Amanda is a graduate of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy’s Agriculture, Food & Environment masters program. She is currently enrolled in the Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science (NRESS) Ph.D. program at the University of New Hampshire.

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Main Stage, Hatteras Village Harbor, North Carolina

Local seafood and local chefs - a winning combination! Stop by to see two local chefs create imaginative dishes using local seafood and NC produce. The secret seafood ingredient will be revealed only when the competition starts, and chefs will then have one hour to select produce and herbs from the throwdown pantry and prepare, cook and plate their dishes for the judges. Dishes will be judged on taste, originality, presentation, and use of the entire animal.

Announcing the seafood chef teams - Rusty's Surf and Turf and The Mad Crabber Restaurant. This throwdown is going to fantastic!

Back by popular demand - Bob Barris as emcee!

Jeffrey's Seafood is again supplying the secret seafood ingredient - thank you Jeff Aiken!

Reverend Joyner and the students from the Conetoe Family Life Center in Edgecombe County are again providing produce from their 17 acre community garden. Thank you Conetoe!

Saturday, September 14, 2013 (All day)
Wareham MA

Saturday, September 14, 2013 (All day) - Sunday, September 29, 2013 (All day)
Portsmouth, NH

Slow Fish is making its debut in the USA! Kicking off with a two-week Youth-led Slow Fish campaign at the University of New Hampshire! 

The Slow Fish campaign integrates a healthy ocean, sustainable seafood, and resilient coastal communities who depend on fishing, into the growing Slow Food movement. Slow Fish and its values around good, clean, and fair fish has already rooted itself in countries such as Italy, Brazil, Canada, and Argentina. We're excited to make Slow Fish part of the revol-Ocean taking place here in the United States. 

Read more about the Slow Fish international campaign

SLOW FISH EVENTS WILL INCLUDE

Saturday, September 14th: Fishtival and the first ever youth-led Seafood Throwdown.

Wednesday, September 18th: The Fish Belong to the Pepole movie screening

Sunday, September 29th: Slow Fish fillet & cooking workhsop with Chef Evan Mallet

Sunday, September 29th: Merroir Manifesto: Discovering the unique taste of NH fishing waters!

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Friday, September 6, 2013 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Leominster, MA


Their having a Seafood Throwdown to Highlight the Ecological Importance of Locally Caught Seafood!
This is unique cooking competition that highlights the importance of local seafood in restoring a healthy ocean ecosystem.
In this Iron-Chef inspired program, Chef John Lemoine, an award winning Sodexo chef will face off against Scott Kenyon, our very own chef from HealthAlliance Hospital for the title of the Sustainable Seafood Champion.

This Seafood Throwdown is a collaboration between Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA), Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Healthcare Program (HCWH), Sodexo of New England, who are working together to steer the health care industry’s seafood buying habits towards sustainably and locally caught seafood. These organizations greatly value the social, environmental, and economic importance of our local fishing communities.

Please come down and treat yourself to a taste of this mystery seafood prepared by the Hospital Chefs you will be amazed!

We have a paneljudging the chefs creations; along with one lucky audience member!
The Judges are:
Karen Masterson, Owner of Nourish Restaurant in Lexington MA.
Her Bio: Karen Masterson, along with her husband Kevin, is owner of Nourish Restaurant in Lexington, MA. She formerly owned and operated Big Fresh Café in Framingham, MA. She works with local farmers, fishermen and other small regional businesses to provide responsibly sourced food at respectful prices. She has served on the boards of Green America (formerly Coop America), Natick Community Organic Farm, and Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston.  She currently is a Board Member of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and R.I.A. House.

Cynthia Ring: Vice President of Human Resources at Health Alliance Hospital

Michelle McCool Heatley: RN/Assistant Chief Nursing Officer of Health Alliance Hospital

Dave Duncan: Vice President of Support Services (Sodexo client)

Walter Kleczkowski Health Alliances EVS manager will be the Emcee giving you a play by play on how the chefs are creating their dishes!

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Bowdoin Street Health Center, 230 Bowdoin St. Dorchester, MA


Come join us as the smells, the tastes, and the community spirit flows through the air! Two chefs will be supplied with a mystery fish, caught locally and distributed by Red's Best of Boston. Nobody knows what the secret seafood is until we unveil in front of a live audience. Once the chefs know what seafood they will be using,they are given 15 minutes to go shopping at the farmers market for the rest of their fresh local ingredients.
The creativity then begins! The chefs creations will be judged by a panel of people in the community. Once the judging takes place the chefs share their creation with the audience by offering tasting dishes. You can register for a free tasting at any time during the event, earlier the better because we only can only offer 50 tastings in all and the sign up goes quickly...See you there!

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Boston, MA

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, MA


Come join us for a fun seafood Cooking competition between restaurant teams from the Willow Rest of Gloucester and Prides Osteria from Beverly.
The chefs will be using mystery seafood locally caught and donated by Cape Ann Fresh Catch, along with the produce from the farmers market to create an aromatic, tasty dish for the judges pallet. Once the judging has taken place the chefs will dish out tastings for the audience. Please come and join in the Cape Ann Seafood Throwdown, learn more about your local fishermen and why it is important to advocate for a diverse, local fishing fleet in the face of current policies that endanger the fishing industry. This event is free and open to the public. Bring dinner, or buy it at the Farmer's Market for a community picnic to follow at 6 pm.

Chefs Melissa Donati & Glen Manfra of Gloucester’s Willow Rest were the winners of the 2012 Rockport HarvestFest Seafood Throwdown and are back by popular demand.

They will face off against chef Paolo Laboa Paolo of Prides Osteria in Beverly. Paolo was the 2008 winner of the Genova World Pesto Championship and was recently featured in "Cuchina Italiana" magazine for his previous work in at Farina restaurant in San Francisco.

Peter Van Ness from gimmeesounds.com will be the emcee for the event.

The Judges are:

Kat Brown - You've probably seen her Cottage Gardening trucks zipping around Cape Ann. Kat's other half is a 2nd generation commercial fisherman.

Antonio Bigatello (surprise, Antonio!) - When not lobstering or fishing off Rockport, Antonio is finishing his degree in environmental education at UMASS Lowell. He's been NAMA's intern this summer and having him judge is part of our thank you package to him.

Third judge - we're going to number the tasting tickets and then pick someone from the audience without a ticket at random to pick a number. That ticket holder will be the third judge. Would that work?

Steve Parkes is all set for fillet demo.

Jen Perry of The Open Door will be on hand to talk about the health benefits of seafood.

A community picnic will follow the event. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy at beautiful Stage Fort Park overlooking the harbor, or purchase food at the farmer’s market. Grills are available, and there is a beach and playground for the children. Live music will be performed by Happy Accidents.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 11:00am - 6:00pm
Boston, MA

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Rye, NH

After a three year hiatus, Seafood Throwdown is back at the Rye Farmers Market! Its a friendly cooking competition between two local chefs. Learn about the fishermen, the whole fish and taste the Fruits of our Ocean.

The chefs Jesse Minard and Chef Ian Whipple are friends, both men have been around cooking for most of their lives.

Ian Whipple was born in upstate New York, and moved to Seattle as a child. His mother , and subsequently his grandfather (a Sicilian immigrant) gave him his early introduction into cooking. My first job was in a restaurant as a dishwasher and the vast majority of my adult life has been in kitchens.
Recently he has cooked for the Dolphin Striker, Blue Sky, Epoch, and Is currently part of the team at Anneke Jan's.
In cooking, Ian finds a connection between tradition and creativity that doesn't exist for him in other facets of his life. ian says "Much like my life, I often know what the "right" thing to do is, and often choose a different path. I think participating in throw down is an excellent opportunity to put myself under pressure and see what happens."

Jesse Minard is from New Hampshire and his interest in food was fostered by his mother. And as he got older his cooking was for his family, especially his younger brother. His first job was as a dishwasher at the Gateway Family Restaurant in Lee, NH. What became a necessary part of his life became an outlet for his creativity.
Jesse has cooked at many places including Coat of Arms and Brazo. You can find him now at Serenity Cafe in Rye. He divides his time between cooking and stonework, another important part of his practical but creative side.

The Emcee for this event is Jaci Grote, She will give you a play by play of the Seafood Throwdown action!
Jaci has lived in Rye for 12 years.
Elected to the planning board for 5 years
Appointed to Conservation Committee this year; Part of the team that started the Rye Farmers Market 5 years ago
Loves living here and when not working walks in the Rye forest with her three dogs Derby, Dudley and Dory
She is married to Otto Grote who was elected to the House Representative and served on the Criminal Justice Committee.

The Judges for this event will include: Mel Low, founder of the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market; Kelsea Anderson, local Rye fisherman; Jim Raynes, chair of the Rye Conservation Commission; and Jonathan Drake, local Rye fisherman.


Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
West Tisbury Farmers Market, State Road, West Tisbury, MA

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Central Square/Liberty Plaza, East Boston, MA
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Boston, MA

Join Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness, local chefs and our partners in a celebration of the fruits of our ocean at your neighborhood farmers markets and in your community this summer! Two local chefs from the Haley House compete in preparing delicious seafood dishes made from a secret seafood caught the day of the event prepared with fresh local produce from the farmers market! Come Watch, Come Taste and Come Learn about the Fruits of our Ocean...
Watch the Haley House Bakery Café Chefs, Chef Garrett Gordon vs Chef Lee Miller prepare the seasonal fresh local seafood available in New England! There will be children's activities and free tasting with sign up.
Feel free to shop at our pop-up farm stand with urban farmers and specialty food producer while enjoying the Seafood Throwdown Competition and listening to the Pan United Steel Orchestra play. What an evening!


Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn NY


This marks the third Seafood Throwdown at Grand Army Plaza!
Come join us for an Iron-Chef inspired program, Slow Food and Brooklyn Food Coalition will face off against each other in a heart-pounding race to transform a secret seafood ingredient with other foods from the farmers market vendors into culinary delights.

Judging this spectacular competition will be:

Blue Moon Fish's Stephanie Villani
GrowNYC Executive Director Marcel Van Ooyen.
Reigning Champion Cheryl Smith of Cheryl's Global Soul

Play by play will be given by emcee Matt Timms of The Takedown giving us all the action up front...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA

What a line up we have! Peter Van Ness of gimmesound.com will MC this event keeping you informed every step of the way...

The Executive Chef from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Akeisha Hayde, will go against the Executive Chefs from the North Shore, Chef Timmothy Casey of Beverly Hospital and Chef David Gauvin of Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester. The unvailing of the Mystery Seafood will be in front of the Honorable Judges, Executive Chefs and you the Audience. So get ready for the smells of fresh local seafood sizzling, and produce from the Farmers Market sauteeing, then when the judging is over a tasting for all!:

The Judges are:

  • Commissioner Greg Watson - Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
  • Leo LaRosa -Facilities Director of Boston Medical Center
  • Didi Emmons - Chef from the Haley House
  • Gloria Vital - youth representative and steering committee member for the Boston Collaborative for Food And Fitness and Mattapan Food and Fitness.
  • Fisherman - Name of fisherman coming won't be available until we see what the weather looks like the day before. 

Introducing the Chefs:

  • Chef Akeisha Hayde Akeisha is the Executive Chef at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – East. Chef Akeisha came from Trinidad in 2003 and has been a Massachusetts resident ever since. Chef Akeisha grew up around cooking, as both her grandparents cooked and her mother owned a bakery. She would help prepare meals with her family and soon learned that not only was cooking fun but it could also an escape. Chef Akeisha received her Associates Degree in the Culinary Arts and graduated from Newbury College in 2008 with a B.S in Culinary Management and a minor in Business. Through her years in food service business she become an ACF Certified and also won the Epicurean Award. Adding to her already stellar resume Chef Akeisha has had the opportunity to work with world renowned chefs Ming Tsai Chef Owner Blue Ginger restaurant and Andrew Zimmern from the Travel Channel. Most recently Akeisha partnered with her fellow Executive Chefs at BIDMC to roll out a Sustainable Seafood Program in the retail and patient floors working with Barton Seaver from National Geographic. When she isn’t preparing one of her enticing meals Chef Akeisha finds time to watch sports, particularly the Boston Celtics, and swim!
  • Chef David Gauvin Dining Service Director Addison Gilbert Hospital Gloucester, MA says about his journey: "I started in the restaurant business as so many have before me, as a dishwasher. That was nineteen years ago and there has been many stops along the way to working at AGH. I began to pursue my professional cooking career at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, which trained me in Classical French and Modern cooking techniques. I participated in several internships at the Harvard Club of Boston and Basin Harbor Club in Vermont. I also participated in the Teaching Assistant and Fellowship program as an upperclassman helping the underclassmen navigate through their programs and to help manage the dining programs and hotels within the University. After leaving Johnson & Wales I began my professional career at Massachusetts General Hospital as a Production Manager. This meant being responsible for 15,000 to 20,000 meals per day since then I have worked in other venues around the Boston area, from restaurants to senior living communities. Currently I head the Food & Nutrition department for Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, MA. I also participate as and Officer on the Board of Directors for the Epicurean Club of Boston, the oldest chef’s organization in the country, the local chapter of the American Culinary Federation, I network with area chefs to keep current on what others are doing across the industry. I also compete in cooking competitions and attend educational conferences. I am committed to continually improving myself so that I can be a better chef for the people I serve. Lastly, I have been teaching classes at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts over the last 10 years.
  • Chef Tim Casey was born in Lowell MA, born to an Irish/American family, Tim learned away around the kitchen at a very early age by being a dishwasher in a local restaurant in Lowell. Although Chef Tim does not have formal training he was self taught chef and trained by many talented chefs within the hotel/restaurant industry. I began my culinary career working for Wyndham, Doubletree and Hilton Hotels in Massachusetts and Arizona before moving back to North Shore and starting my Healthcare Culinary Career. In 2011 I joined the Unidine Corporation as the Executive Chef at Addison Gilbert Hospital, supervising a staff of 4, I provided meal for patients, caregivers and visitors that focused on health and wellness. In 2012 Chef Tim left Addison Gilbert Hospital to take on a more challenging and diverse role as the Executive Chef at Beverly Hospital. During his tenure at Beverly Hospital Chef Tim has created a unique dining experience for patient, visitors and caregivers by using fresh and local ingredients in many of his culinary creations. Lastly, In Chef Tim’s spare time he enjoying golfing and spending time with his family and friends on the North Shore of Boston.

Come and join us at the Boston City Hall Plaza Market Square for this event!

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, June 13, 2013 (All day) - Friday, June 14, 2013 (All day)
Portland, ME
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 (All day) - Friday, June 14, 2013 (All day)
Buffalo, NY
Friday, June 7, 2013 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Wellfleet, MA

Food offerings:

On Friday JJ will cook Chris King's Ptown dayboat scallops with a delicious Mead from Green River Ambrosia out western MA. Alex Hay will be setting out samples of Wellfleet oysters from the local grants, and Red's Best of Chatham will be giving us razor clams in a delicious quahog chowder. All this for 20 bucks.

And finally, join us for a discussion re: What are the effects of seafood demand on our coastal resources?

Also this talk is a two way discussion - my point - if we have a huge demand for local fish in the city, but can't come up with a local demand year round for our fish --- the price will drive fish from our waters and we will have lost a connection to our own resource.

Boston Magazine and WBUR personal chef best:
JJ Gonson, mover behind the Cambridge/Somerville local community will be there to share a quick 10 minutes about local in the city. Cambridge and Somerville have a farmer's market every day of the week, all seasons in various locations.

She is a true localist because she works menu planning with a team of individuals from a sourced list provided to her weekly and has appeared on WBUR with local fish and farm chefs.

She in turn introduces farmers and fishermen to the general public by cooking their produce into delicious meals that are either served at catering events or offered as a "CSM," or community supported meal to families in the Boston area. She will be talking about the local movement in the city. For more info on JJ - Her website is www.cuisineenlocale.com

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Armory Park, Providence, RI

Come to our Grand Opening of Armory Parks Farmers Market! A special cooking competition will take place called a Seafood Throwdown
The players in this competition are two local neighborhood chefs; Chef James Mark of North in the West End and Chef Peter Gobin from Mijos Tacos, he runs a taco truck that comes to the market every week.
There are three local judges: 1.Christine West, a West side resident, enthusiastic amateur cook, and Principal at KITE architects in Olneyville. 2. Kari Lang, Executive Director of the West Broadway Neighborhood Association. 3. Don Nguyen, Designer, conscientious angler and foodie.

The supplier of our Mystery Seafood is Richard & Ann Cook from The Local Catch.

This event will be hosted by Michael Gazdacko, Director of Development and Operations at Urban Smart Growth and Host of Providence PechaKucha Night, and John Taraborelli, Special Projects Manager at Providence Media.

Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Portsmouth Commercial Fishing Pier, NH

This will be a special event, in the tradition of the "Blessing of the Fleet,"
where the community comes together to support our fishermen as they head into the uncertainties of another fishing year," said Erik Chapman, NHSG/Extension commercial fisheries specialist. UNHUNHAttendees will learn the importance of buying local seafood, particularly this year, to support the businesses of friends and neighbors and help establish a market for diverse, seasonal and locally available species.

Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Jimmy's No. 43, NYC

Dine Out @ Sustainable Seafood Week NYC

All week long, some of the city’s notable chefs and restaurants, including ABC Kitchen, Arlington Club, Boqueria, Louro, Jimmy’s 43, Parish Hall, Wong, among others, will feature sustainable finfish or shellfish dishes on their menu.

Closing out the week will be a fundraiser for NAMA on May 19 from 1 - 3 p.m. featuring a chef demos with 2 - 3 chefs, tastings and a light lunch of porgies at Jimmy's No. 43 with our NYC based volunteer, Pamela Flash. $20 door donation (cash, if you please) will go to support NAMA.

For many of these restaurants, serving ‘sustainably’ is already a part of their business philosophy, while for others -- it may be their first experience with sustainable seafood products. We want to celebrate both continued efforts as well as first steps by NYC restaurants towards sourcing responsibly-harvested seafood.

Ask the restaurant staff which dishes on their menu are Sustainable Seafood Week specials!​

For more information, please visit their website.

Participating Restaurants: ABC Kitchen, Amali, Arlington Club, Boqueria Flatiron and Soho, DBGB, Grand Central Oyster Bar, Grey Lady, Hunter’s, Jimmy’s 43, Kaia Wine Bar, Lighthouse, Louro, Luke’s Lobster, Manzanilla, Parish Hall, Riverpark, STK Midtown, The John Dory, Upstate, 'Wichcraft, Wong

 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 (All day) - Friday, April 26, 2013 (All day)
Boston, MA
Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 2:00pm
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Brewster, MA

 

Learthe ins-and-outs of sustainable commercial fishing and the slow fish movement on Cape Cod from sea-to-table. 
Folks will hear from a fishing panel that will include: Shannon Eldredge, co-proprietor of Cape Cod Community Supported Fisheries and Board President for the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance; Brett Tolley, community organizer for the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance; Shareen Davis, Monomoy trap company and co-proprietor of Cape Cod Community Supported Fisheries; and Scott Nolan & Andy Kees with the Cape Cod Hook Fishermen's Association. 
Tickets are $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Reservations can be made at 508-896-3867.

Learn the ins-and-outs of sustainable commercial fishing and the slow fish movement on Cape Cod from sea-to-table. 

Folks will hear from a fishing panel that will include: Shannon Eldredge, co-proprietor of Cape Cod Community Supported Fisheries and Board President for the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance; Brett Tolley, community organizer for the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance; Shareen Davis, Monomoy trap company and co-proprietor of Cape Cod Community Supported Fisheries; and Scott Nolan & Andy Kees with the Cape Cod Hook Fishermen's Association. 

Tickets are $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Reservations can be made at 508-896-3867.

 

 

Friday, March 29, 2013 (All day) - Saturday, March 30, 2013 (All day)
New York, NY

Join us in New York City for two panel discussions that bring consolidation of fisheries, fish grabs, seafood and marine conservation into the Just Food conversation.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 8:00am - 12:30pm
Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA

Supply and demand is often blamed for bad policy. So we are changing the demand and connecting it to the right supply chains that reflect our values. The Buy Local Trade Show is organized by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts in partnership with NAMA and Health Care Without Harm.

Saturday, March 16, 2013 (All day) - Tuesday, March 19, 2013 (All day)
First United Church of Tampa, Florida

"Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere." We'll be in Tampa, Florida from for the second assembly of USFSA who have supported our work to ensure fisheries and fishermen are not forgotten in our quest for a fair food system and economy. The assembly coincides with the culmination of a 200 mile March for Fair Food organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Superior Trawl Building, Point Judith, RI

JOIN US in a series of workshops to unite fishermen and community in shaping the policies that will lead toward a healthier ocean, working waterfronts, and a thriving food system. For more information, please visit our Who Fishes Matters Tour page.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Cape Cod Community College, Barnstable, MA

JOIN US in a series of workshops to unite fishermen and community in shaping the policies that will lead toward a healthier ocean, working waterfronts, and a thriving food system. For more information, please visit our Who Fishes Matters Tour page.

Monday, March 4, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Portsmouth Public Library

JOIN US in a series of workshops to unite fishermen and community in shaping the policies that will lead toward a healthier ocean, working waterfronts, and a thriving food system. For more information, please visit our Who Fishes Matters Tour page.

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Maritime Gloucester, Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA

JOIN US in a series of workshops to unite fishermen and community in shaping the policies that will lead toward a healthier ocean, working waterfronts, and a thriving food system. For more information, please visit our Who Fishes Matters Tour page.

Friday, March 1, 2013 (All day) - Sunday, March 3, 2013 (All day)
Rockport, Maine
Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockland, Maine

JOIN US in a series of workshops to unite fishermen and community in shaping the policies that will lead toward a healthier ocean, working waterfronts, and a thriving food system. For more information, please visit our Who Fishes Matters Tour page.

Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Dorchester Farmers Market, Dorchester, MA

 

Promoting the Benefits and Delights of Local Dayboat Seafood in the Community
WHAT:       Celebrate the Fruits of Our Ocean
WHEN:       Sunday February 17,2013 from 12:00pm-4:00pm
LOCATIONS:     Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market
                        Codman Square Great Hall, 6 Norfolk Street, Dorchester     
          
COST:              FREE
AGES:                All ages 
PARKING:          Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market: Parking available at the Codman Square Health Center.
WEB:              bostonfoodandfitness.org,  dotcommcoop.wordpress.com
                            Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness (BCFF) will be launching Celebrate the Fruits of our Ocean, a year-long campaign promoting local seafood in the community. The campaign, developed in partnership with the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) and Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Healthcare Program (HCWH) will kick off the weekend of February 16th and 17th, 2013. The kickoff will take place at two of Boston’s winter markets: the Egleston Farmers Market in Jamaica Plain and the Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market in Dorchester. Both winter markets now offer fresh seafood from local dayboat fishermen procured by Red’s Best, a Boston based seafood distributor that offers seasonal dayboat and traceable seafood direct to consumers at farmers markets and as well as wholesalers.
Cooking demonstrations from top local chefs will allow market goers to taste a variety of seafood dishes prepared, on the spot, right at the market.  The first seafood event includes a Food Truck vs. Restaurant “Seafood Throwdown” on February 16th from 11am-2pm at the Egleston Farmers Market featuring Chef Irene Li of Mei Mei Street Kitchen Food Truck and Chef Marcos Santos from Tres Gatos. They will be cooking up their best seafood dishes with an mystery local seafood that is fresh caught and paired with local ingredients from the market. The Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market will feature local Chef Karen Henry Garrett of Dot 2 Dot Café and other local chefs who will prepare local seafood dishes based on the local catch of the day and fresh ingredients from vendors of the farmers markets.

 

Promoting the Benefits and Delights of Local Dayboat Seafood in the Community

 

WHAT:       Celebrate the Fruits of our Ocean Kick-off Weekend


WHEN:       Sunday, February 17, 2013


LOCATIONS:       Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market

                   Sunday February 17,2013 from 12:00pm-4:00pm

                   Codman Square Great Hall, 6 Norfolk Street, Dorchester     

         

COST:        FREE

AGES:         All ages

PARKING:   Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market: Parking available at the Codman Square Health Center.

WEB:        bostonfoodandfitness.org,  dotcommcoop.wordpress.com, 

 

                           Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness (BCFF) will be launching Celebrate the Fruits of our Ocean, a year-long campaign promoting local seafood in the community. The campaign, developed in partnership with the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) and Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Healthcare Program (HCWH) will kick off the weekend of February 16th and 17th, 2013. The kickoff will take place at two of Boston’s winter markets: the Egleston Farmers Market in Jamaica Plain and the Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market in Dorchester. Both winter markets now offer fresh seafood from local dayboat fishermen procured by Red’s Best, a Boston based seafood distributor that offers seasonal dayboat and traceable seafood direct to consumers at farmers markets and as well as wholesalers.

 
Cooking demonstrations from top local chefs will allow market goers to taste a variety of seafood dishes prepared, on the spot, right at the market.  The first seafood event includes a Food Truck vs. Restaurant “Seafood Throwdown” on February 16th from 11am-2pm at the Egleston Farmers Market featuring Chef Irene Li of Mei Mei Street Kitchen Food Truck and Chef Marcos Santos from Tres Gatos. They will be cooking up their best seafood dishes with a mystery local seafood that is fresh caught and paired with local ingredients from the market. The Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market will feature local Chef Karen Henry Garrett of Dot 2 Dot Café and other local chefs who will prepare local seafood dishes based on the local catch of the day and fresh ingredients from vendors of the market. Tastings will be available for pre-registered participants.

 

 

Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 11:00am - 2:00pm
Egleston Farmers Market, Jamaica Plain, MA


CELEBRATE THE FRUITS OF OUR OCEAN


Promoting the Benefits and Delights of Local Dayboat Seafood in the Community


WHAT:       Celebrate the Fruits of Our Ocean

WHEN:       Saturday, February 16

LOCATIONS:       Egleston Farmers Market

                   Saturday February 16, 2013 from 11:00am-2:00pm

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, 45 Brookside Avenue, Jamaica Plain (near the Brewery) 

                

COST:        FREE

AGES:         All ages

PARKING:   Egleston Farmers Market:  Parking available at the JP Brewery Complex, in front of the market.

                

WEB:        bostonfoodandfitness.org,  eglestonfarmersmarket.org 

 

                           Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness (BCFF) will be launching Celebrate the Fruits of our Ocean, a year-long campaign promoting local seafood in the community. The campaign, developed in partnership with the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) and Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Healthcare Program (HCWH) will kick off the weekend of February 16th and 17th, 2013. The kickoff will take place at two of Boston’s winter markets: the Egleston Farmers Market in Jamaica Plain and the Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market in Dorchester. Both winter markets now offer fresh seafood from local dayboat fishermen procured by Red’s Best, a Boston based seafood distributor that offers seasonal dayboat and traceable seafood direct to consumers at farmers markets and as well as wholesalers.

 
Cooking demonstrations from top local chefs will allow market goers to taste a variety of seafood dishes prepared, on the spot, right at the market.  The first seafood event includes a Food Truck vs. Restaurant “Seafood Throwdown” on February 16th from 11am-2pm at the Egleston Farmers Market featuring Chef Irene Li of Mei Mei Street Kitchen Food Truck and Chef Marcos Santos from Tres Gatos. They will be cooking up their best seafood dishes with an mystery local seafood that is fresh caught and paired with local ingredients from the market. The Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market will feature local Chef Karen Henry Garrett of Dot 2 Dot Café and other local chefs who will prepare local seafood dishes based on the local catch of the day and fresh ingredients from vendors of the farmers markets.

 

 

 

Sunday, February 10, 2013 (All day) - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 (All day)
Saratoga Springs, New York

Sponsored by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, It Takes a Region is the conference for everyone doing food system change work. We'll be there to bring the ocean and seafood element into the conversation with a Food System Vision panel that focuses on stratgies for unifying visions that lead to economically and ecologically sustainable, just and resilient food systems that go beyond the land and incorporate the sea.

The discussion will feature:

 

  • Molly Anderson of College of the Atlantic
  • Steve Gilman of Northeast Organic Farming Association
  • Tom Kelly of University of New Hampshire's Sustainability program
  • Amanda Beal of Eat Local Food Coalition of Maine
  • NAMA's Niaz Dorry.

The panel will be moderated by Joann Burke of Food Solutions New England and UNH.

Whatever your part in the Northeast food system, this conference is for you!

For full conference information please visit their website

 

Thursday, February 7, 2013 (All day)
Cruiseport Gloucester

Welcome to the New Port Economy  Mayor Carolyn Kirk

 

Keynote Speech:  
     Green Chemistry & Biomimicry:  the next generation of opportunity

               Dr. Amy Cannon

               Executive Director, Beyond Benign

 

Innovation in Action – Snapshots from the Working Port

           Intershell Seafood            Mr. Monte Rome, Principal
           Mortillaro Lobster          Mr. Vince Mortillaro, Principal

           Cruiseport Gloucester    Ms. Sheree DeLorenzo, Principal

           Cape Ann Seafood Exchange     Ms. Nina Jarvis, Manager

           UMass College of Natural Sciences     Dr. Steve Goodwin, Dean

           Ocean Alliance                  Dr. Iain Kerr, CEO

           Maritime Gloucester        Mr. Tom Balf, Executive Director

           

Keynote Speech:   

Operations of the Northeastern Regional Association

of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) 


      Dr. J. Ru Morrison - Executive Director      

     Maritime Growth Opportunities:

           Diversified Fisheries – Current Adaptations and Innovation
                      Dr. Valerie Nelson, Director, Water Alliance, Moderator
               
                    Ms.
 Ann Molloy, Director of Sales and Marketing, Neptune’s Harvest
                    
Ms. Niaz Dorry,  Coordinating Director, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
                    
Mr. Steve Aldrich, Managing Director, Rabican Companies

           Dynamic Areas of Ocean Sciences  - Dr. Earl Meredith, NOAA, Moderator

              Aquaculture in the Gulf of Maine

                       Dr. Richard Langan, Atlantic Marine Aquaculture Center

              Modeling fluctuating currents to minimize bycatch - NOAA

                        Dr. John Hoey, NOAA Northeast Cooperative Research Program  

 

           Technologies of the New Maritime Economy 
                   Dr. Iain Kerr, CEO, Ocean Alliance, Moderator

                   Dr. Andrew Bennet, Associate Professor of Engineering, Olin College

             Dr. David Barrett, Associate Professor of Engineering, Olin College

 

Mapping the New Maritime Economy in the Northeast Region                 

             Summit Survey         

Mr. Tom Balf, Director, Maritime Gloucester

             Businesses in the New Maritime Economy            

                 Mr. Peter Feinstein, General Partner, BioVenture Investors

                                                                                                     

Catalysts for Growth     Group discussion

                   Ms. Sarah Garcia, Director, Harbor Planning, Moderator

                                                                                                             

Thursday, January 24, 2013 (All day) - Sunday, January 27, 2013 (All day)
Sea Crest Beach Hotel, 350 Quaker Road, Falmouth, MA 02556

You are invited to attend the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association’s 2013 Annual Weekend and Industry Trade Show January 24 – 27th, 2013.

This event is open to all and admission is FREE!

This year’s event will kick of the MLA’s 50th Anniversary year long celebration, bring a friend, come and relax and do business.

New Vendors ~ Cash Prizes ~ Great Seminars ~ Hospitality suite ~ ”Super Silent” Auction
Casino Night ~ Raffles ~ Comedian Justin McKinney

Exhibit Hall Hours

  • Friday, Jan 25th 9:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Saturday, Jan 26th 9:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Sunday, Jan 27th 8:00AM – 10:00AM

If you have any questions please call Beth Casoni at 781-545-6984 or visit MLA's website.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 11:00am - 2:00pm
111 Colchester Avenue Burlington, VT

For the first time, we are taking our Seafood Throwdown to Burlington, Vermont to help celebrate the great work of our friends at the Fletcher Allen Health Care featuring chefs from three of Vermont's health care facilities Wake RobinCentral Vermont Health Center and Fletcher Allen Health Care.

This will be our third Seafood Throwdown featuring our partners in the health care sector that are working to shift their purchasing power toward local fishermen. Fletcher Allen Health Care has been in a leader in this work and was the first facility that began working with us starting in 2010 when we joined forces with our partners at Health Care Without Harm's Healthy Food in Healthcare Program to bring the ecological, economic, social, health and food system values of locally caught seafood to the health care sector.

Wednesday's Seafood Throwdown will feature:

Chef Ronald Sweeten and Leah Pryor representing Fletcher Allen Health Care

Ron has 41 years of experience as a local chef in Vermont he has worked in such places as Chutes Restaurant, Sheraton Hotel ,Old Board restaurant before join the culinary team at Fletcher Allen where he is the chef at The Pavilion Café on the UHC campus. Ron is avid fisherman, He has just returned from Cape Cod where he has spent a week surf fish landing his biggest catch ever. 

Leah is a Graduate from the Culinary Institute of America, and has worked in Nantucket as the Executive Chef of Fog Island café. Then moving to Vermont she worked as the Sous-chef at Mary’s Restaurant. Two years ago she joins the team at Fletcher Allen and has been working at the Dunbar café where she has been creating dishes using local fare.

Chef Justin Turcotte representing Central Vermont Medical Center

Justin graduated from U-32 high school and earned his associates degree at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and St. Helena, California. Justin has 22 years of food service background. His professional experience includes work as sous chef at HF Dude Ranch in Saddle String Wyoming, Garde Manger at Chez Panisse in Berkley, California, and three years at San Francisco’s high profile, premiere catering company, Taste Catering. After that he spent three years as a free agent and consultant in the catering field in the San Francisco Bay Area coordinating events for a wide range of catering companies. He moved on to be special events coordinator at Madalena’s & Café Fino in Palo Alto. He returned to Vermont as General Manger of All Fired Up Billiards and Bistro in Barre. His most recent position in Vermont was as an instructor at New England Culinary Institute (NECI) in Montpelier.

Chef Pasquale Amedore and John Gallaher representing Wake Robin 

Pasquale has been cooking professionally for 40 years.  His experiences include Shelburne Café, The Bearded Frog, Alfredo’s & Sadie Katz Deli.  Pasquale has also spent several years as a seafood buyer & sales person.  He joined the Wake Robin team 2 years ago. 

John has 25 years of experience cooking.  John has worked such places as the Four Seasons in Boston, Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, Luenigs Bistro as well as owning his own restaurant for eight years.  John joined the Wake Robin staff 3 months ago as a part of the a.m. crew.

The secret seafood wll be supplied by our friends at Cape Cod Fish Shares.

Friday, October 19, 2012 (All day) - Sunday, October 21, 2012 (All day)
Chatham, MA

Our foray onto the Cape this year continues with another Seafood Throwdown. This one during Chatham's Homecoming Weekend - Celebrating Our Maritime Heritage. Stay tuned for details.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Nourish Fresh Grill & Bar, Lexington, MA

POSTPONED: While we will still celebrate, the actual dinner has been postponed because of the conflict with the presidential debate. Please stay tuned for future opportunities to celebrate our local seafood with a glass of our local wine! 

Celebrate our local fishermen & vintners to celebrate World Food Day and NAMA's work.

Join us for an evening of tasting local wines and local seafood. Wine tasting and appetizers at 6 p.m. and dinner seating at 7 p.m.

Coastal Vineyards, in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, was started in 2004 by David & Linda Neilson. They produce small batches of fine creative wines produced from our estate grown grapes.The twelve grape varieties they grow include Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.

All proceeds will benefit NAMA.

Event image provided by artists Nicholas Frenette. Prints of image are available through the artist at http://nicholasfrenette.com.

Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Chatham Fisheries Trap Dock, 3 Champlain Road Stage Harbor, Chatham, MA

Please join us for the Weir Pier Concert and Last Tow Stew, a benefit for NAMA. 

Community members are invited to purchase tickets to hear internationally-touring indie folk artist duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, as well as enjoy an ambient sit-down dinner of in-season only fish, shellfish and produce, traditionally deemed a “last tow stew”. There will be a cash bar of locally brewed beer and wine. Fishing families will be admitted for free.

All proceeds will go to sponsor our community organizer Brett Tolley and board chair Shannon Eldredge as New England delegates to the Slow Food's Terra Madre International Conference in Italy, as well as support the work of NAMA's ‘Who Fishes Matters’ campaign.

We owe a great deal of thanks to our event sponsors which include Cape Cod Community Supported Fishery, Naukabout Beer Company, Slow Food Cape Cod, George’s Fish Market, Cape Cod Green Drinks, F/V Donna Jean II, Trap Dock Loft, and Fisherman’s Daughter.

To make a general donation to NAMA and the Who Fishes Matters campaign, please click on this link or send check payable to NAMA to P.O. Box 7066 Gloucester, MA 01930.

Saturday, October 13, 2012 (All day)
Rockport, MA

So excited to be back at the Harvest Fest for another Seafood Throwdown. Stay tuned for details.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green, New York, NY

 

Join Us to Celebrate Food Sovereignty 
Hunger is not a matter of production, but a matter of justice and democracy. In celebration of those grassroots activists working for a more democratic food system, the fourth annual Food Sovereignty Prize champions the right of people to determine their own food and agriculture policies and the grassroots groups that defend it!
As an alternative to the World Food Prize, the Food Sovereignty Prize honors innovative organizations around the world that are fighting for the right to food for all and dignity for those who put food on our plates. The ceremony will highlight the work of the Korean Women’s Peasant Association, as well as long time NAMA collaborator, the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement of Sri Lanka, the Unified Peasant Movement of Aguan Region in Honduras and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers from the United States.
Join us in honoring the 2012 Food Sovereignty Prize winners at an event hosted by WhyHunger and co-sponsored by the U.S Food Sovereignty Alliance, the Small Planet Fund, the Lawson Valentine Foundation and other organizations to be held on October 10 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York. This year’s ceremony will be officiated by UN Special Rapporteur to the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, with a special musical performance by Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman.
Tickets are free and the event is open to the public! Reservations must be made at www.foodsovereigntyprize.org.
Can’t attend? Join the conversation online at #FoodSovPrize.

Join Us to Celebrate Food Sovereignty 

Hunger is not a matter of production, but a matter of justice and democracy. In celebration of those grassroots activists working for a more democratic food system, the fourth annual Food Sovereignty Prize champions the right of people to determine their own food and agriculture policies and the grassroots groups that defend it!

As an alternative to the World Food Prize, the Food Sovereignty Prize honors innovative organizations around the world that are fighting for the right to food for all and dignity for those who put food on our plates. The ceremony will highlight the work of the Korean Women’s Peasant Association, as well as long time NAMA collaborator, the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement of Sri Lanka, the Unified Peasant Movement of Aguan Region in Honduras and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers from the United States.

Join us in honoring the 2012 Food Sovereignty Prize winners at an event hosted by WhyHunger and co-sponsored by the U.S Food Sovereignty Alliance, the Small Planet Fund, the Lawson Valentine Foundation and other organizations to be held on October 10 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York. This year’s ceremony will be officiated by UN Special Rapporteur to the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, with special guest Karen Washington and a special musical performance by Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman.

Tickets are free and the event is open to the public! Reservations must be made at www.foodsovereigntyprize.org.

Can’t attend? Join the conversation online at #FoodSovPrize.

 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 7:30pm
Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY

What began as a simple but elegant food sold by Tokyo street vendors, has become a worldwide phenomenon in the past 30 years. Sushi: the Global Catch is a new documentary that explores how we can all enjoy this delicacy, while preserving the ocean and protecting the overfishing of Blue Finn Tuna and many other favorites.  Q&A following the film with NAMA staff and film director Mark Hall, via Skype.

For information, see the Cinema Arts Centre.

Sunday, October 7, 2012 (All day)
Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, MA

So excited to be back at the Boston Local Food Festival.

Fish Stock is the portion of the Boston Local Food Festival that highlights the fisher folk and the seafood that are local to New England. Sponsored by NAMA, The Seafood Throwdown is the main event of Fish Stock! Two chefs engage in a culinary battle of skill and creativity with the secret seafood ingredient. Can you guess the secret seafood?

Fish Stock Schedule

  • 11:00am-5:00pm: Hands on Activities for kids and families including a live New England Aquarium touch tank, wooden fish painting, lobster trap feely, fishing and more!
  • 12:30pm: Kick-off of Seafood Throwdown
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm:Seafood Throwdown competition, This year’s battle will be Chef Colin Targett, CEC, Boston Children’s Hospital vs. Chef
     Akeisha Hayde, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
  • 2:45pm-3:45pm: “One fish, two fish what to do with Bluefish and other underutilized local species” with Bill Bradley, Executive Chef of the New England Aquarium
  • 3:45pm-4:45pm: “Outdoor cooking with fresh caught fish, from kayak to camp kitchen in less than 60 minutes!” with Dane Tullock of Cooking in the Great Outdoors

Seafood Throwdown Details

This year’s battle will be Boston Children’s Hospital vs. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Chef Colin Targett of Boston Children’s Hospital Executive Chef is a graduate of Newbury College Culinary Arts Program and Food Service and Restaurant Management Program with an Associates in Applied Science. He is employed with Sodexo Services for eleven years and is Certified by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). He is also a Culinary Foundations Trainer for Sodexo and earned a Silver Medal for Cold Food “B” category at ACF Philadelphia Convention 2006. Chef Targett competed in Sodexo’s National Chefs Association Divisional Iron Chef Competition Atlanta, GA in January 2008 and earned Silver medal in Mass Health Association “Best of the Best” healthcare competition October 2011. Chef Rick Barisano will be assisting Chef Colin Targett. Rick Barisano joined Sodexo healthcare services in April of 2012. He is a Culinary and Management Graduate from Johnson & Wales University, 1999.

Chef Akeisha Hayde is the Executive Chef at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center– East. Chef Akeisha came from Trinidad in 2003 and has been a Massachusetts resident ever since. Chef Akeisha grew up around cooking, as both her grandparents cooked and her mother owned a bakery. She would help prepare meals with her family and soon learned that not only was cooking fun, but it could also be an escape. Chef Akeisha received her Associates Degree in the Culinary Arts and graduated from Newbury College in 2008 with a B.S in Culinary Management and a minor in Business. Through her years in the food service business she become an ACF Certified Chef and also won the Epicurean Award. Adding to her already stellar resume Chef Akeisha has had the opportunity to work with world renowned Chefs Ming Tsai ,Chef Owner Blue Ginger restaurant and Andrew Zimmern from the Travel Channel. Most recently Akeisha partnered with her fellow Executive Chefs at BIDMC to roll out a Sustainable Seafood Program in the retail and patient floors working with Barton Seaver from National Geographic. When she isn’t preparing one of her enticing meals, Chef Akeisha finds time to watch sports, particularly the Boston Celtics, and swim!

This year’s judges are:

  • Mary Griffin is the first woman Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game
  • John Stoddard is the Healthy Food in Health Care Coordinator for the Global Non Profit Health Care Without Harm
  • Jared Auerback is the CEO and owner of Red’s Best
  • David Pierce is the Deputy Director of the Division of Marine Fisheries
  • Dane Tullock is the creative and driving force behind Great Outdoors Cooking
Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
Marshfield, MA

Seafood Throwdown are SOSSEXI! The newest CSF on the South Shore is teaming up with NAMA to bring a Seafood Throwdown to the South Shore Celebrations event.

The Seafood Throwdown will start at 11:30 and features Chef Michael Tondorf of Riva Restaurant and Chef Houlihan of Bia Bistro Restaurant. Amongst the judges will be Bridget Alexander of Southeast Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP), Martha Stone formerly of Martha's Stone Soup, and State Representative Jim Cantwell.

 

Here's more about our chefs:

Chef Michael Tondorf of Riva Restaurant who began his career at the age of 14 in the kitchen of The Red Lion Inn where he studied under Chef Tony Ambrose. He further sharpened his skills at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont. After finishing his education, he studied under Chefs Todd English and Emmanuel DuBois. Michael is committed to preparing dishes with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.

And...

Chef Houlihan of Bia Bistro Restaurant. Brian Houlihan’s love affair with the restaurant industry
began at the age of thirteen during a stint as a bottle boy for The Powder Mill Hotel in his hometown of Ballincollig, County Cork. Upon completion of culinary school in Ireland, he ventured abroad at the age of eighteen and landed a position with The Harvard Club in Boston. Houlihan instantly fell for the city and the love was mutual! 

Houlihan made a lasting impression in town, sharing his prowess and passion with the palettes of Boston and beyond. He recalls his years as the Sous Chef of The Four Seasons and the Executive Chef of The Bostonian Hotel with fondness and pride. During his time at The Bostonian, Houlihan received what he proclaims his crowning achievement - his Friend of the Environment Award from the National Environmental Trust. Attending the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., Houlihan was honored for inspiring his industry colleagues throughout Boston to likewise embrace his promise to “Take a Pass on Chilean Sea Bass” in their kitchens. 

In 2003, Houlihan took his talent to the suburbs with the opening of bia bistro in the Town of Cohasset. Showcasing his appreciation of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, Houlihan and his menus have been earning accolades in Zagat Guide, Best of Boston and Best of South Shore since this cozy bistro’s inception. Houlihan’s latest restaurant,The Tinker's Son in Norwell, opened in 2009. Named for a touching parable and poem penned by his father, Liam, in 1954, the pub is the realization of Houlihan’s dream to deliver authentic dishes from his native Ireland in a home guests would find as warm as their own. 

Today, one can see Houlihan daily traveling his well-trodden trail between Norwell and Cohasset. Working alongside his three children who clearly find his love for this industry contagious, Houlihan smiles with pride, grateful for the opportunities that each new day in the restaurant business offers.

Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
New Bedford, MA

This year's Seafood Throwdown has a twist: A panel of young people will be judging the creations of the chefs. Returning will be Chef Henry Bousquet who will be taking on Chef Mike Fuller of Mass Maritime Academy. Can they satisfy the discerning taste buds of the youngens using locally caught seafood? Come find out!

This year's judges will be:

  • Leif Bendiksen of Fairhaven comes from a long line of fisherfolk. His grandparents on both sides were fishermen. His mother’s brother is a scallop captain and his father designs and manufactures fishing gear. Leif has been eating fish all of his life, he is five years old.
  • Samuel Quinn Russo lives year round on Eagle Island in Penobscot Bay Maine. This season at the age of twelve, he set his own lobster traps for the first time. He enjoys harvesting and eating all types of seafood.
  • Merill Nadeau of Dartmouth often assists her father John, an avid sports fisherman, both on the boat and in the kitchen. She has appeared more than once as a sous chef on this very stage. She enjoys eating fish almost as much as catching and cooking them.
  • Martha Gonzalez was a member of the Maternal Child Program team where she began the only Prenatal Classes in Spanish in the City of New Bedford. Martha earned her Certificate in Community Health Care Management at Suffolk University.
  • Mike Urban is a longtime lobster shack aficionado who has spent years searching for the greatest shacks-only those places with the right zeitgeist and feel have made the cut. Lobster Shacks is a fun, road-trip-style guide to the 75 or so best shacks in New England, starting in Connecticut and heading north and east through Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Each entry features a lively description that includes historical background, biographical portraits of owners past and present, highlights from the menu, and driving directions. Scattered throughout the book you'll find featured recipes, lobster shack legends and lore, and information on local fishing fleets.
  • Leif Bendiksen of Fairhaven comes from a long line of fisherfolk. His grandparents on both sides were fishermen. His mother’s brother is a scallop captain and his father designs and manufactures fishing gear. Leif has been eating fish all of his life, he is five years old.

Our chefs will be:

  • Henry Bousquet is a New Bedford native. He has been working in restaurants since the age of fifteen. In addition to his associates’ degree in communications from Bristol Community College, Henry holds a culinary educator certification from the Massachusetts Department of Education. Formerly the sous chef at Margaret’s in Fairhaven, Henry has also worked for the Walt Disney World Company in The Land at EPCOT in Orlando, Florida. He has also done part-time seasonal cooking for both The New Bedford Yacht Club and The Country Club of New Bedford. While the owner of Cobblestone Restaurant he was voted a “South Coast Favorite” two years in a row, Cape Cod Life Magazine editors pick for best Breakfast place, and was featured several times in the Standard Times for either new and innovative menu programs, like “Fusion Night”. He recently passed the exams to become a Certified Executive Chef as a member of the American Culinary Federation and is currently a culinary arts educator at GNB Voc Tech and is managing the kitchen at the Ice Chest Bar and Grille in Fairhaven.
  • A native of Kingston, MA Mike Fuller has always had a passion for food and, perhaps most notably, fresh catch seafood. After years of working in family-owned seafood and pizza restaurants as a teenager, Mike set off to study at the Culinary Institute of America in New York where he graduated with multiple degrees in the Culinary Arts. His experience there helped to set the theme for his future work in such high-profile Boston restaurants as Top of the Hub and SkipJack’s as well as the renowned SeaGrille restaurant on Nantucket. Mike has also had the pleasure of working as an Executive Chef and restaurant manager for Fidelity Investments. At present, he lends his talents to the culinary team at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne. He lives on the South Shore with his wife Annie, son Evan, and Labrador Chase.
Sunday, September 23, 2012 (All day)
Unity, ME

 

 

 

 

 

After a hiatus, we're back at the Common Ground Country Fair for a Seafood Throwdown. Can't wait! 

Chef Kerry Altiero of Cafe Miranda will be going head-to-head against sous chef William Zbylot of the Slipway Restaurant to see who can cook the most delicious and culinarily creative dish of locally caught seafood. What will be the mystery fish? Hmmm... come join us and find out.

Judging the contest will be Kim Libby (fishing community advocate and fishing family member from Port Clyde), Aaron Dority (Groundfish Initiative Director and Sector Manager for Penobscot East Resource Center) and Will Bleakley (writer for DownEast Magazine).

And NAMA's own community organizer, Brett Tolley, will be the emcee.

This event is a tribute to all Maine's rural, agricultural, and coastal traditions. If you're around please drop in and say hello. Also you can read more about the event HERE

 

Saturday, September 22, 2012 (All day)
Portsmouth, NH

 

 

 

 

So excited to be back at the New Hampshire Fishtival for another Seafood Throwdown. 

This will be the fourth annual N.H. Fish and Lobster Festival event in Prescott Park, nicknamed "Fishtival" by the local community, where two local chefs will compete in a cooking competition inspired by local seafood.

Chefs Ian Thomas of The District and Johnny Espeland from The Press Room take pride in presenting great food at their Portsmouth restaurants every day. At the Seafood Throwdown competition, they'll be challenged to see what they can produce when surprised with a locally landed fish, taken on a quick shopping trip to the Portsmouth Farmers' Market, and given one hour to prepare a fresh dish in front of the crowd at Prescott Park.

The winner will be selected by a panel of judges that includes N.H. Commissioner of Agriculture Lorraine Stuart Merrill, Smuttynose and Portsmouth Brewery owner Peter Egleston, and Portsmouth City Councilor and fisheries advocate Esther Kennedy.

The Seafood Throwdown is a highlight of the annual Fishtival celebration, which runs from noon until 4 p.m. with live music, entertainment, boat tours, demonstrations, fish printing, educational presentations and more. The day celebrates 400 years of local seafood while engaging community members on topics related to local fisheries. More information is available at www.fishtival.org.

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Main Stage, Hatteras Village Harbor, North Carolina

For the first time, Seafood Throwdown is coming to North Carolina's Outer Banks! We'll be part of a 3-day celebration Day at the Docks, the first venue outside of New England where we are sponsoring a Throwdown.

We've put on over 50 Seafood Throwdowns to date and each one has been amazing in and of itself, but this one in North Carolina's Outer Banks is really capturing our hearts. The connections being made to the fishing communities' roots and the Conetoe Family Life Center gives us extra hope and goose bumps.

Produce and herbs will be donated by the Conetoe Family Life Center. Conetoe, population 365, a small town on the eastern edge of Edgecombe County, North Carolina, has the highest rate of diabetes of North Carolina’s 100 counties, and it ranks 96 in overall health outcomes. In 2007, Reverend Richard Joyner and other Conetoe Missionary Baptist Church members started the Conetoe Family Life Center, which provides mentorship, resources, and after-school programs to the town’s youth. In its search for a project that would inspire and educate youth, the Center piloted a two-acre community garden. The outcomes were promising: youth had the opportunity to learn science, math, and food production skills, regular volunteers started losing weight and cooking more meals at home, and community members took interest and began sharing their farming knowledge and under-used farm equipment.

In the past few years, the program has grown into a full-fledged vegetable farm of more than fifteen acres, with partner plots elsewhere in town and in nearby counties. The farm grows produce and makes honey for farmers’ markets in Rocky Mount, Raleigh, Tarboro, and Greenville and for the local Piggly Wiggly. Income from the project goes into scholarship funds for the youth members, and in the spring of 2012, the first set of the program’s alumni graduated from college. Reverend Joyner and garden youth volunteers plan to attend Day at the Docks to learn more about commercial fishing and seafood harvesting. Hatteras Island commercial fishermen plan to supply the Conetoe folks with iced and packed fish to share with the church’s congregation back home.

The connection with the Conetoe Family Life Center that is being made is pretty powerful, especially since we had already decided to focus the cooking at this year's Throwdowns on children's health. NAMA is proud to be part of this Seafood Throwdown.

The secret seafood ingredient will be revealed only when the competition starts, and chefs will then have one hour to select NC produce and herbs from the Throwdown pantry, and prepare, cook and plate their dishes for judges. Dishes will be judged on taste, originality, presentation, and use of the entire animal.

Bob Barris, a real estate broker with Hatteras Realty who also teaches Carolina Coastal Cooking classes at the company’s Avon office and who once worked as a commercial fisherman, will be the Throwdown emcee.

Jeff Aiken, owner of Jeffrey’s Seafood in Hatteras, will join Bob on the stage to talk about what it takes to get seafood from the water to the dinner table while the chefs are preparing their dishes.

Hatteras Island commercial fishermen will donate the secret seafood ingredient for the Throwdown.

Seafood Throwdown is just one part of a three day event starting with a free public forum titled “Let’s Talk About Fish and Fishermen” on Thursday, September 13, that will kick off Day at the Docks 2012. The forum will run from 4 pm to 6 pm on the grounds of the Seaside Inn in Hatteras village.

The forum will revolve around the question, “Are healthy fish stocks and healthy fishing communities mutually exclusive?”

Panelists from Massachusetts, Louisiana, Texas, and Oregon will talk about the major threats to the marine environment and to family-owned and family-operated fishing businesses in their homeports and how communities have coped with those threats.

Fish House Opera co-authors Dr. Barbara Garrity-Blake of Gloucester, NC and Susan West of Buxton, NC will moderate the forum. Cultural anthropologist and former NC Marine Fisheries Commissioner Garrity-Blake is a consultant and researcher with Raising the Story Works. She plays in a Cajun Zydeco band and helps organize the annual Mardi Gras festival in Gloucester. West is a correspondent for National Fisherman and served on the NC Joint Legislative Commission on Seafood and Aquaculture from 2003 until 2011. West’s husband Rob is a commercial fisherman and fishes their Buxton-built boat, the Lucy B., out of Hatteras village.

The panelists are:

  • Dave Densmore, a commercial fisherman and a poet, spent his childhood moving between the Aleutians and Kodiak, Alaska and owned a skiff and outboard by the time he was ten. He has gillnetted on the Columbia River, king crabbed out of Dutch Harbor and Unalaska, and trolled for salmon off the Pacific Coast. He and his crew once spent four nights in a life raft adrift in the Bering Sea after their king crab boat caught fire and burned. He currently lives in Astoria, Oregon where he participates in the annual FishersPoets Gathering, but continues to fish summers out of Larsen Bay, a village on Kodiak Island. Densmore says his poetry is about life as observed from a commercial fisherman’s perspective.
  • Diane Wilson is a fourth generation shrimper, mother of five, author, and an environmental, peace and social justice advocate from Seadrift, Texas. She began fishing the bays off the Gulf Coast of Texas at the age of eight. By twenty-four, she was a boat captain. In 1989, while running her brother's fish house at the docks and mending nets, she read a newspaper article that listed her home of Calhoun County as the number one toxic polluter in the country. She set up a meeting in the town hall to discuss what the chemical plants were doing to the bays and thus began her life as an environmental activist. Threatened by thugs and despised by her neighbors, Diane insisted the truth be told and that Formosa Plastics stop dumping toxins into the bay. She launched legislative campaigns, demonstrations, hunger strikes, sunk boats, and even climbed chemical towers in her fight to protect her Gulf Coast bay. She recounted that dramatic struggle in An Unreasonable Woman: A true Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas, published by Chelsea Green Publishing Company in 2005. She was featured as one of twelve local heroes profiled in Your America on PBS.
  • Niaz Dorry is coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, an organization dedicated to restoring and enhancing a marine system capable of supporting healthy, diverse and abundant marine life and human uses. She & her dog, Hailey, live in Gloucester, Massachusetts - the oldest settled fishing port in the U.S. Her dog Hailey is one of the lucky dogs who survived Hurricane Katrina and is Niaz' daily reminder of all the fishing communities that are yet to be rebuilt since the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and other disasters. Dorry began working with small-scale, traditional, and indigenous fishing communities as a Greenpeace oceans and fisheries campaigner, and then continued that work independently. Time magazine named Dorry a “Hero For The Planet” for her work. She serves on the executive committees of the National Family Farm Coalition and Granite State Fish, and is as an advisor to the Harvard Medical School’s Center for Health and Global Environment.
  • Robert Fritchey considers any day not spent outdoors to be a waste. Born in Pennsylvania, he completed his masters’ degree in Tropical Medicine and Medical Parasitology at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans in 1978. Apparently born to fish, he traded microscopes for nets to become a commercial fisherman in South Louisiana’s fertile coastal marshes. A passion for netting redfish from a souped-up “mudboat” led him into the 1980s controversies over that species. South Louisiana’s coastal fishermen had been netting redfish for the markets and restaurants in New Orleans for well over a century when some of the nation’s wealthiest sportsmen began to regard this publicly owned resource as their own. As they pressured the state’s government to deny traditional fishermen and seafood consumers access to wild-caught red drum, the covetous sportsmen cynically portrayed the rural netters as “greedy,” and themselves as “conservationists.” Frustrated with media coverage of the issue, he wrote and published Wetland Riders in 1994, to directly inform the public that its access to seafood was threatened. Put out of business by Louisiana’s 1995 legislative net ban, Robert had nothing better to do than start work on a sequel, Gulf Wars: Southern Sportsmen on the March. Gulf Wars is a detailed history of the net-ban battles that came in the wake of the most expensive and elaborate “environmental education” campaign in the nation’s history.

For more information on Day at the Docks, please visit their website.

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 4:00pm
Seaside Inn, 57321 NC 12 Hwy, Hatteras, NC

 

Day at the Docks kicks off with a new event, "Talk of the Villages: Fishermen, Fish, Food and Livelihood," a free public forum.
The forum will revolve around the question, "Are healthy fish stocks and healthy fishing communities mutually exclusive?"
Panelists from Massachusetts, Louisiana, Texas and Oregon and Alaska will talk about the major threats to the marine environment and to family-owned and family-operated fishing businesses in their home ports and how communities have coped with these threats.
They bring talents and stories that will appeal to a wide audience and we encourage you to attend even if you are not directly involved with the fishing industry.  You will have the opportunity to speak individually to the participants after the forum.

 

“Let’s Talk About Fish and Fishermen” on Thursday, September 13, that will kick off Day at the Docks 2012. The forum will run from 4 pm to 6 pm on the grounds of the Seaside Inn in Hatteras village.

The forum will revolve around the question, “Are healthy fish stocks and healthy fishing communities mutually exclusive?”

Panelists from Massachusetts, Louisiana, Texas, and Oregon will talk about the major threats to the marine environment and to family-owned and family-operated fishing businesses in their homeports and how communities have coped with those threats.

Fish House Opera co-authors Dr. Barbara Garrity-Blake of Gloucester, NC and Susan West of Buxton, NC will moderate the forum. Cultural anthropologist and former NC Marine Fisheries Commissioner Garrity-Blake is a consultant and researcher with Raising the Story Works. She plays in a Cajun Zydeco band and helps organize the annual Mardi Gras festival in Gloucester. West is a correspondent for National Fisherman and served on the NC Joint Legislative Commission on Seafood and Aquaculture from 2003 until 2011. West’s husband Rob is a commercial fisherman and fishes their Buxton-built boat, the Lucy B., out of Hatteras village.

The panelists are:

  • Dave Densmore, a commercial fisherman and a poet, spent his childhood moving between the Aleutians and Kodiak, Alaska and owned a skiff and outboard by the time he was ten. He has gillnetted on the Columbia River, king crabbed out of Dutch Harbor and Unalaska, and trolled for salmon off the Pacific Coast. He and his crew once spent four nights in a life raft adrift in the Bering Sea after their king crab boat caught fire and burned. He currently lives in Astoria, Oregon where he participates in the annual FishersPoets Gathering, but continues to fish summers out of Larsen Bay, a village on Kodiak Island. Densmore says his poetry is about life as observed from a commercial fisherman’s perspective.
  • Diane Wilson is a fourth generation shrimper, mother of five, author, and an environmental, peace and social justice advocate from Seadrift, Texas. She began fishing the bays off the Gulf Coast of Texas at the age of eight. By twenty-four, she was a boat captain. In 1989, while running her brother's fish house at the docks and mending nets, she read a newspaper article that listed her home of Calhoun County as the number one toxic polluter in the country. She set up a meeting in the town hall to discuss what the chemical plants were doing to the bays and thus began her life as an environmental activist. Threatened by thugs and despised by her neighbors, Diane insisted the truth be told and that Formosa Plastics stop dumping toxins into the bay. She launched legislative campaigns, demonstrations, hunger strikes, sunk boats, and even climbed chemical towers in her fight to protect her Gulf Coast bay. She recounted that dramatic struggle in An Unreasonable Woman: A true Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas, published by Chelsea Green Publishing Company in 2005. She was featured as one of twelve local heroes profiled in Your America on PBS.
  • Niaz Dorry is coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, an organization dedicated to restoring and enhancing a marine system capable of supporting healthy, diverse and abundant marine life and human uses. She & her dog, Hailey, live in Gloucester, Massachusetts - the oldest settled fishing port in the U.S. Her dog Hailey is one of the lucky dogs who survived Hurricane Katrina and is Niaz' daily reminder of all the fishing communities that are yet to be rebuilt since the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and other disasters. Dorry began working with small-scale, traditional, and indigenous fishing communities as a Greenpeace oceans and fisheries campaigner, and then continued that work independently. Time magazine named Dorry a “Hero For The Planet” for her work. She serves on the executive committees of the National Family Farm Coalition and Granite State Fish, and is as an advisor to the Harvard Medical School’s Center for Health and Global Environment.
  • Robert Fritchey considers any day not spent outdoors to be a waste. Born in Pennsylvania, he completed his masters’ degree in Tropical Medicine and Medical Parasitology at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans in 1978. Apparently born to fish, he traded microscopes for nets to become a commercial fisherman in South Louisiana’s fertile coastal marshes. A passion for netting redfish from a souped-up “mudboat” led him into the 1980s controversies over that species. South Louisiana’s coastal fishermen had been netting redfish for the markets and restaurants in New Orleans for well over a century when some of the nation’s wealthiest sportsmen began to regard this publicly owned resource as their own. As they pressured the state’s government to deny traditional fishermen and seafood consumers access to wild-caught red drum, the covetous sportsmen cynically portrayed the rural netters as “greedy,” and themselves as “conservationists.” Frustrated with media coverage of the issue, he wrote and published Wetland Riders in 1994, to directly inform the public that its access to seafood was threatened. Put out of business by Louisiana’s 1995 legislative net ban, Robert had nothing better to do than start work on a sequel, Gulf Wars: Southern Sportsmen on the March. Gulf Wars is a detailed history of the net-ban battles that came in the wake of the most expensive and elaborate “environmental education” campaign in the nation’s history.

For more information on Day at the Docks, please visit their website.

 

 

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, MA

Seafood Throwdowns is back at the Cape Ann Farmers Market this summer! 

The SeaFood Throwdown that was cancelled due to weather is back on for next week at 4pm, Thursday, August 23 at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. This a a "re-re-match" which features last year's winner Julie Ann Geary of Classic Cooks Catering competing against 5 time winner Sugar Magnolias. Julie Ann will be assisted by The Happy Taco owner Justin Grandin. Lidia Sands will be cooking for Sugar Mags and joined by Sandro Carvalho. Owner Missy Hart will be cheering from the sidelines.

The Cape Ann Farmer's Market and the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance have for the past four years sponsored this cooking contest format to raise awareness about "Who Fishes Matters."

gimmesound.com's Peter Van Ness will be on the mike as emcee. Heather Fraelick, Marketing and Communications Specialist at Cape Ann Fresh Catch will be bring a "Boatload of Info" about our Community Supported Fishery and how you can join the upcoming Fall Semester. Cape Ann Fresh Catch brings the best quality fish plus the best deal for everyone at the table - fishermen included. Gloucester may be America's oldest seaport but we bring you the newest concept in fish marketing.

This time we will have 5 judges, Lara Lepionka of BackYard Growers and Beacon Street Farm as well as Hallie A. Baker, owner of Turtle Alley fame. The table will be rounded out by three Youth Judges: Lila, Becca, and Willa who will be keeping an eye out for some serious good eats.

Come see Steve Parkes fillet a whole fish. This is a "101-Beginners'" course for home cooks who would like to venture into buying a whole fish, but may have been intimidated by the process. Steve will break it down into simple steps for you. And once you see it, you will wonder why you haven't tried it before.

Cape Ann Farmer's Market opens at 3pm, the contest starts promptly at 4pm. And Niki Bogin, Market Manager wants you to know that the parking is always free and ample on Market days.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
West Tisbury Farmers Market

The Danes County/Martha's Vineyard Fishermen's Association, West Tisbury Farmers Market, and NAMA are teaming up again for yet another Seafood Throwdown back on Martha's Vineyard! Chef Teddy Diggs of the Home Port Restaurant in Menemsha and Chef Jo Maxwell from Chesca's Restaurant in Edgartown will meet up to find out about their local seafood at the West Tisbury Farmer's Market this Saturday, August 11 at 9:30AM.

Judges for the event will be Ben Deforest, a well known island chef, Susie Middleton, a food writer for Edible Vineyard Magazine, and Chef Robert Lionette of the Morning Glory Farm.

Martha's Vineyard Fishermen's Association's Warren Doty will once again emcee the event. What will the mystery seafood be? Who will make best use of the whole fish? What culinary delights can the chefs whip up under the the time limit? Come on down for a fun and informative event!

Thursday, August 2, 2012 (All day) - Sunday, August 5, 2012 (All day)
Burlington, Vermont

Join us as we once work to broaden the Farm to Cafeteria discussion to embrace Boat to Cafeteria! This year we have once again teamed up with the National Family Farm Coalition to organize a panel titled "Food Sovereignty Principles and Farm to School Programs." This panel will discuss ways in which the principles of food sovereignty - a community's democratic control of its food - can be applied to Farm to School programs, enabling farmers and fishermen to provide foods for local schoolchildren while receiving a fair price for their product.

Stay tuned for more specifics on time of the panel, but here is scoop on the topic and who will be presenting.

Moderator, Kathy Ozer, executive director of the National Family Farm Coalition.

Panelists are:

  • Darnella serves as a Cooperative Field Specialist and the Farm to School Coordinator for the Association (MAC), working with Mississippi and Louisiana cooperative farmers to provide produce for local schools. A farmer and farmer advocate based in southern Mississippi, she provides insight on successful Farm to School networks from the cooperative farmer's perspective.
  • Amanda is on the board of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. A graduate of Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Agriculture, Food and Environment program, she participates in the Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine. Her work focuses on corporate consolidation, linkages between watersheds and agriculture and synergies between fishermen and farmers.

As members of the international peasant organization La Via Campesina, we support and promote the principles of food sovereignty – the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable practices. Our panelists represent organizations that are working actively to help family farmers and fishermen gain access to markets that have closed over time or which have never been available to them. As well, seafood and other fish are often overlooked in Farm to School programs, but they are valuable and sustainable sources of protein for some communities. Panelist will describe their experiences and success stories to get food from family farmers and fishermen into their local schools at a fair price.

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Stage Fort Park

Due to a high wind and major rain forecast, this Seafood Throwdown is postponed till further notice.

Our “Hotter Than July!” rematch pits Missy Hart’s Team Sugar Magnolia with Lydia Sands and Santos Carvalho against Julie Geary’s Team from Classic Cooks. Watch closely as both of these teams bring years of experience to the table. Grant writer, organic farmer at Beacon Street Farm, and head of the Backyard Growers Program, Lara Lepionka will be judging the event with her critical eye along with two young mystery judges that she'll be bringing with her. Steve Parkes, the “Fillet King” will lead a demonstration showing how to fillet a whole fish and break down the process so that you can feel confident in the kitchen. Join emcee Peter Van Ness of gimmesound.com this Thursday, July 26 at the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market. This is our second year at Stage Fort Park where the parking is always free on Market afternoons from 3pm on. The SeaFood Throwdown starts at 4pm.

Cape Ann Fresh Catch CSF is donating the mystery seafood for this event as well as the fish Steve Parkes will be using in this demonstration. If you aren't a member of Cape Ann Fresh Catch and want to pick up your weekly share of seafood, please visit them at www.capeannfreshcatch.org.

As always, Seafood Throwdowns are brought to you by the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA), a regional organization working with fishermen and fishing community organizations from Maine to North Carolina to shift markets and fisheries policies toward ones that are more community and ecosystem based. NAMA's mission is to restore and protect marine biodiversity through community based fisheries.

We thank our partners at the Cape Ann Farmers Market for inviting us back year after year; Cape Ann Fresh Catch CSF for providing the seafood for the event; Peter Van Ness and gimmesound.com crew for emceeing the event; Sandy Farrell for organizing it; and of course the restaurants who bravely put their cooking skills to test so we can all learn more about our local seafood, local fishing economies and the marine environment that provides us with both.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 11:30am - 1:30pm
300 Longwood Avenue Boston, MA

We're kicking off our partnership with the healthcare industry with a Seafood Throwdown at Boston Children's Hospital, one of the facilities working with us to shift their seafood buying habits to what's available locally.

Chef Tiffani Faison, a Top Chef finalist and owner of Sweet Cheeks in Boston, will face off against Boston Children’s Executive Chefs Jim Boyd and Colin Targett for the title of the Sustainable Seafood Champion. The chefs will use a locally caught seafood and items from the Hospital’s pantry to create dishes that are voted on by the cafeteria customers. National Geographic fellow and author Barton Seaver will emcee the event giving the play-by-play of all the action. 

Unlike other Seafood Throwdowns, this one will be judged by the patrons of the hospital who will be voting using one of their automated stations. 

After the Seafood Throwdown the chefs and fishermen will be spending some time with the children who are receiving care at the hospital. Should be an inspiring and fun event.

Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 11:30am - 12:30pm
CATCH Seafood Culinary Stage on the Halifax Waterfront

Off the Hook Community Supported Fishery and Select Nova Scotia present Halifax’s first-ever Seafood Throwdown – Saturday June 21st from 11:30-12:30 at the CATCH Seafood Culinary Stage on the Halifax Waterfront.

Two of the top seafood chefs in the province will be going head to head in a culinary celebration of local fishermen, locally caught seafood, and ecologically responsible local fisheries. Renée Lavallée of the Feisty Chef and Chef Colin Stone of the Hart and Thistle will prepare a meal with a limited budget to shop for fresh ingredients at the Historic Farmers’ Market and a secret, locally-caught fish provided by Off the Hook Community Supported Fishery. Seafood Throwdowns were pioneered by the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and videos of past events are available on our YouTube channel.

Come down and see the Seafood Throwdown live as our chefs shop, cook and serve judges and public sample plates. Admission is FREE and a lucky attendee will even be chosen as the People’s Judge to help pick a winner in this heart-pounding race to transform a secret seafood ingredient into culinary delights!

Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Brooklyn, NY

So excited to be back in Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket for another Seafood Throwdown. 

This year, Brooklyn restaurants Applewood and Cheryl’s Global Soul will face off against each other in a heart-pounding race to transform a mystery seafood and what they can get from the farmers market vendors into culinary delights.  Judging this spectacular competition will be Blue Moon Fish’s Alex Villani, food and style writer Ralph DiGennaro, Iain Kerr of the spurse artists collective and Nancy Romer of the Brooklyn Food Coalition. Erin Fairbanks, Director of the Heritage Radio Network, will MC the event giving the play-by-play of all the action. 

Joining us this year will be the Cornell University's New York Sea Grant Extension. Download the full press release here.

Check out this video from last year's Throwdown!

 

Thursday, June 28, 2012 (All day) - Friday, June 29, 2012 (All day)
University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

Two days of intense discussions about what it takes to have a revolutionary approach to a healthy, sustainable local food system. And we'll be there to add to the conversation.

NAMA's director, Niaz Dorry, will be one of the presenters during The Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems Amplified ConferenceThis free public conference on June 28 will feature series of influential and innovative speakers to amplify the most important ideas, initiatives, and voices for the necessary food systems revolution. The goal is to inform and inspire people to take their place and embrace their responsibility to help solve the urgent issue of our broken food system. For a full list of speakers for this day click on this link. Niaz will also take part in other aspects of the multi-day summit.

For more information, please visit the summit website.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 (All day) - Thursday, June 14, 2012 (All day)
Sheraton Harborside Hotel - Portsmouth NH

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) announces a three-day workshop, sponsored by the National Marine Fisheries Service, to address issues around cod stock structure in the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, Scotian Shelf, and southern New England regions. The workshop will explore current research to inform the cod assessment process. Invited participants from the fishing and scientific communities will present on a range of topics with opportunities for discussion.

Click to register.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Hyannis Port, MA

Celebrate Cape Cod's rich nautical history with the 11th Annual Cape Cod Maritime Festival held on the Hyannis waterfront at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum on Saturday June 9 and Sunday June 10.


As always, locally-caught seafood will be featured from area restaurateurs and food vendors for festival goers to enjoy! New this year will be a Seafood Throwdown contest, hosted by the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, in which two local chefs - Exec. Chef Daniel Kenney of Sea Crest Beach Hotel and Exec. Chef Ben Porter of Belfry Inn - go head-to-head in a cooking competition inspired by local seafood. Each participant brings only their favorite cooking vessels/utensils, presentation plates and three of their favorite ingredients. Once there, they discover the secret seafood ingredient, provided by Cape Cod Community Supported Fishery, and are given $25 to shop the Mid-Cape Farmer’s Market farm stand as their pantry, and then an hour to prepare, cook and plate their dish for three judges. The community ’expert’ judges are Gwenn Friss-Cape Cod Times Food Reviewer, Dan McKiernan-MA Division of Marine Fisheries, and Capt. Ernie Eldredge-weir fisherman, fish provider for the event.


This year will be the first that the Cape Cod Maritime Festival is the culminating event of Maritime Days, which are May 13th thru June 10th. The Cape Cod Chamber, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and the Cape Cod Commission sponsor the promotion of Maritime Days, which celebrates its 19th year in 2012. Cape Cod Maritime Museum is honored to feature its festival as part of this great celebration of the Cape’s maritime heritage!


The Festival is held on the museum grounds, Aselton & Bismore Parks, and Hyannis & Gateway Marinas. Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday June 9th & Sunday June 10th. The festival is open to the public, there is no admission fee, but donations, gratefully accepted, directly benefit the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, its exhibits and programs.

Friday, June 8, 2012 (All day) - Sunday, June 10, 2012 (All day)
Bard College

What would an economy built on principles of fairness and sustainability look like? How do we model it; where is it emerging; how do we collectively strategize to fully implement it? These are the pressing questions of our time and we are glad to be taking part in this conference that wants to start answering these questions.

Stay tuned for more information on our participation. Or stay on top of things by visiting the conference website.

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
Ryan Hall, UMass Boston

SBN’s Annual Conference on Sustainable Business will be the 23rd annual gathering convened by the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston. The remarkable growth of the sustainable business movement has opened up new opportunities for strengthening existing networks, building partnerships, and discovering new solutions to the economic challenges of our time. SBN has created an innovative design that transforms our traditional annual Conference on Sustainable Business into the SBN Sustainability Leadership Summit.

This dynamic and interactive one-day gathering will bring together many of the New England’s most successful entrepreneurs, community organizers, local funders, nonprofit leaders, and academics. The intention of the Summit is to not only have strengthened and connected local business networks but to result in concrete actions that build our local economy. The Summit will be organized around five pillars of a strong local economy that will enable local leaders to discover partnerships and collaborations that will grow a sustainable economy.  The five local economy pillars are listed in the agenda below.

This dynamic and interactive one-day gathering will bring together many of the New England’s most successful entrepreneurs, community organizers, local funders, nonprofit leaders, and academics - including NAMA. The intention of the Summit is to not only have strengthened and connected local business networks but to result in concrete actions that build our local economy. The Summit will be organized around five pillars of a strong local economy that will enable local leaders to discover partnerships and collaborations that will grow a sustainable economy.  The five local economy pillars are listed in the agenda below.

 

 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 8:00am - 5:00pm
The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

NAMA will join in support of The Food Chain Workers Alliance (FCWA), UFCW Local 1500, and the Alliance for a Greater New York at the Food Workers & Justice Conference! 

The conference will include the release of the FCWA report - the first-ever comprehensive report on the state of food workers in the U.S. - and workers will speak about how the report reflects their own experiences working in the food system. There will be breakout sessions to focus on the policy recommendations in the report followed by a panel focused on the policy initiatives of three New York City-based workers organizations.

For more information go to http://foodchainworkers.org.

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA

The final spring lecture series at Maritime Gloucester is entitled "Looking Beneath the Surface at Fisheries." On May 24th join us for our final "Oceans of Discovery" presentation of the season when we host a conversation about fisheries management that explores the nexus of environmental, social, and economic issues. The session is hosted by NAMA and is moderated by our science coordinator, Boyce Thorne Miller. All lectures are held at Maritime Gloucester and are free and open to the public. Space is limited. We hope you will join us.

Saturday, May 12, 2012 (All day)
Brooklyn Technical High School in Ft Greene

 

 

 

 

Join NAMA at this fantastic event which expects to bring 5,000 people. We'll be speaking on two panels so please stop in and say hi! 

 

PANEL 1

"The seafood in our food system - Who Fishes Matters"

The ocean has fed us for millennia, but we rarely think about its health, who catches our seafood, how far it travels, and who benefits from it when we discuss healthy food systems. We'll discuss challenges facing fishing communities in their quest to leave the smallest footprint on the ocean while building strong economies, communities, and food systems.

MODERATOR: Eric Weltman, Senior Organizer, Food and Water Watch

PANELISTS:

Brett Tolley: Organizer, NAMA. In addition to bringing four generations of fishing heritage to NAMA, Brett brings his community organizing experience having worked with immigrant and low-income communities in Brooklyn and elsewhere on housing, immigration, workers rights, and social justice. 

Phil Karlin: Fisherman. Phil is a small-scale commercial fishermen from Mattituck, NY and founder of PE and DD Seafood bringing locally caught seafood to NY area Greenmarkets every week using a scale of fishing operation that fits the marine environment he fishes in.

Jimmy Carbone: Restaurant Owner, Jimmy's No. 43. Jimmy is a co-founder of The Good Beer Seal and owner of Jimmy's No. 43, a bar and restaurant in the East Village featuring handcrafted beers on draught and a seasonal, greenmarket menu including seafood. 

Time: 3:30-4:45PM

Where: 5W24

 

PANEL 2: 12:30-1:45PM

"The People's Struggle for Food Sovereignty, from Global to Local"

Panelists will discuss examples of food worker struggles from various sectors of the food system. They will explore what food sovereignty means from the perspective of farmers, fishers, and food chain workers. Panelists will also highlight current actions taking place both at the grassroots and international scene, and how folks can plug-in to take action in support of food sovereignty.  

MODERATOR: Kathy Ozer, Director, National Family Farm Coalition

PANELISTS:

Diana Robinson: Campaign Coordinator, Food Chain Workers Alliance

John Kinsman: Diary Farmer, Lime Ridge Wisconsin. National Family Farmer Coalition.

Brett Tolley: Organizer, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance.

Carla Garcia: Peasant Organizer, Garifuna community of Honduras.

Time: 12:30-1:45PM

Where: 5W12

ABOUT THE EVENT

Everyone is invited to attend this FREE conference and to participate in the many opportunities available. Over 5000 people are expected from every neighborhood in Brooklyn and beyond to attend. The 2012 Brooklyn Food Conference aims to make real changes in the food system. Folks will learn how to build a local food system that provides healthy, affordable food for all our people, supports sustainable practices and justice for food workers across the food chain.

The first Brooklyn Food Conference in 2009 galvanized over 3,000 adults and 500 youth from all five boroughs and New York State. The successful mobilization of so many enthusiastic food activists prompted the birth of the Brooklyn Food Coalition: a grassroots community-based organization that works on food justice issues in Brooklyn. The Coalition now has branches in 10 Brooklyn neighborhoods and active members and committees working on issues from food workers rights, healthy food access for all, school food improvement (particularly in low income communities), sustainable food systems and more.

Check out the website at www.bkfoodconference.org

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Museum of Science (Cahners Theatre), Boston

Join NAMA for a discussion around "sustainable seafood," the complexities and tradeoffs of potential solutions, the role of technology in the future of seafood, and the role we each play in finding the balance in an uncertain future.

Seafood is increasingly important to the human diet, but is the future of this protein source at risk? This free forum event, featuring a crash course in "Seafood 101," shares a number of informed perspectives on threats to fish stocks and to marine ecosystems in the context of the New England economy. As a participant, you'll engage with experts in various aspects of the seafood world, such as fishermen, retailers, environmental scientists, and more.

In small groups, consider and discuss the issue of sustainable seafood: the complexities and tradeoffs of potential solutions, the role of technology in the future of seafood, and the role we each play in finding the balance in an uncertain future.

This presentation is part of the ongoing series Let's Talk About Food.

Part of the Cambridge Science Festival.

 

Friday, April 20, 2012 (All day) - Sunday, April 22, 2012 (All day)
College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine

Come join us in April on Mount Desert Island to learn about food systems education from some of the people who are forging paths in new distribution methods, policy that favors small organic farms, getting more sustainable food to campuses, cultural connections with foodways, and advocacy for food justice and sovereignty. And NAMA is proud to be a part of this group of people!

Keynote speakers:

  • Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director, Food First/Institute for Food & Development Policy
  • Gary Paul Nabhan, author and Research Scientist, Southwest Center, University of Arizona

Workshops on Intersections between Farming & Fishing Policy, How Can Colleges Help Move State & Regional Food Plans, Examining & Improving College Food Systems, Students Organizing for Social Justice in the Food System and more!

If you don't make it to any other workshop, we hope to come to this one:

Intersections of Farming, Fishing & Forestry Policies

Moderator: Chris Petersen, COA faculty

Presenters:

  • Niaz Dorry, Northeast Atlantic Marine Alliance
  • Amanda Beal, Eat Local Foods Coalition and By Land and By Sea project
  • Erin McGuire, Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Pingree
  • Andy McEvoy, MOFGA Forestry Coordinator 

Farming, fishing and forestry-based communities and people trying to make a living from these businesses face similar issues, despite the very different sources of their revenue. Concentration of food businesses into a few large vertically-integrated companies that skews competition opportunities for small-scale and independent producers, environmental threats to and degradation of the resource base, and development pressure are just some of these similarities. This session will focus on appropriate policies to address issues facing these industries, such as the Local Farms, Food, & Jobs Act that Congresswoman Pingree introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2011 and the policies for which NAMA advocates to keep smaller-scale independent fishing businesses viable. Each presenter will briefly explain the need for policy changes, then talk about what those policies entail and how to support them.

For more information, contact Matthew Doyle Olson, Sustainable Food Systems Coordinator (mdoyleolson@coa.edu or 207.801.5688).

More about COA

Many colleges and universities now have their own farms, where students can learn about food production. But learning about the rest of the food system—food packaging, processing, distribution, sales, consumption and waste and the policies and institutions that govern these—is still fragmented and not integrated with surrounding farms or the community where higher education occurs. Reconnecting Hands, Mouth & Mind is about food systems education: WHAT people need to learn to engage in transforming food systems, and HOW these subjects can best be learned. It will culminate a four-year partnership among College of the Atlantic, Elm Farm Organic Research Centre in England, and the Faculty of Organic Sciences at the University of Kassel in Germany.

College of the Atlantic is a unique liberal arts college that emphasizes interdisciplinary, self-directed learning about human ecology. It is located on Mount Desert Island in Downeast Maine, on the grounds of a former monastery between Acadia National Park and Frenchman’s Bay. The conference will be based at College of the Atlantic and include field trips to Beech Hill Farm, our organic farm that supplies a significant proportion of food to college dining services, our new Peggy Rockefeller Farms, other local farms and fishery operations, and Acadia National Park.

For more information, please visit the conference website for more information.


 

Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 7:00am - 7:00pm
Hofstra University, Hempstead NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the 2012 Long Island Small Farm Summit to be held at Hostra University. NAMA and friends will be there speaking on a panel. The event will feature a full day of educational presentations, interactive workshops, as well as two vibrant keynote speakers: Will Allen of Growing Power and Chef Ann Cooper, The Renegade Lunch Lady. The Summit is an on-going effort to cultivate active community support of sustainable, local agriculture. And fisheries too!

To learn more visit: www.smallfarmsummit.com

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Durham, New Hampshire

NAMA and our partners from Granite State Fish will be spending some time with the volunteer group who specializes in marine education are are interested in keeping up with all marine activities that are occurring locally and regionally.

Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Nourish Restaurant, Lexington, MA

Join us for an evening of Chat & Chowdah! And some great art and music. All to benefit NAMA!

Our friends at nourish Fresh Grill & Bar are once again organizing an event to support NAMA. This one will feature the music and artwork of Louie Doucette, former commercial fishermen and current local artist.

Enjoy some tasty local chowder, fruitful chats about our local living fishing economies, the health of the marine ecosystem that sustains us, and Louie's beautiful work.

$20 covers salad & chowder. Make your reservations today.
508 641 0878
www.nourishlexington.com

 

Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 4:30pm - 7:00pm
Thompson School, Cole Hall, University of New Hampshire, Durham

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
appetizer
brown turkey figs, persimmon, arugula, watercress, black pepper—vanilla bean vinaigrette
and
red kuri squash soup, poached lobster, herbed spatzle, curry butter
entrée
roasted whole sweet onion, shrimp, handmade couscous, purple asparagus, yellow wax beans
dessert
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.

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 9:00am - Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 12:00pm
Samoset Resort, Rockland, Maine

This is the largest event of its kind in New England – one dedicated to offering fishermen, clammers, lobstermen, aquaculturalists and other related seafood industry participants an opportunity to meet on neutral ground with fisheries managers, state representatives, Congressmen and Senators. They offer over 30 seminars on different subjects related to the fishing industry, gear regulations, etc. In addition, there are family programs, a Trade Show, a Seafood Reception highlighting Maine’s seafood, a Banquet/Dance on the last night, as well as a benefit auction to raise money for kids from seafood families.

There is no cost to attend the seminars, tradeshow, or auction.

For more information, please visit the Forum website.

Friday, February 24, 2012 (All day) - Sunday, February 26, 2012 (All day)
Various locations in Maine

Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association is once again hosting a series of events to highlight and celebrate Community Supported Agriculture & Fisheries.

Stop by the location nearest you to:

  • Connect with other food producers and harvesters selling to local markets.
  • Grow relationships with individuals and businesses who want to buy local fish and other foods.
  • Learn about successful CSA/CSF business models.

This year's locations are:

  • Auburn: Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St, Friday February 24th, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Augusta: Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital St, Friday February 24th, 11am-2pm
  • Bangor: Unitarian Universalist Society, 120 Park St, Saturday February 25th, 2-5pm
  • Belfast: Unitarian Universalist Church, 37 Miller St, Sunday February 26th, 1-3pm
  • Brunswick:  St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St, Saturday February 25th, 1-3pm
  • Ellsworth:  Unitarian Universalist Church, 121 Bucksport Rd, Sunday February 26th, 2-5pm
  • Farmington: West Farmington Grange, Bridge St, Saturday February 25th, 9am-noon
  • Hallowell: St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 20 Union St, Sunday February 26th, 1-4pm
  • Newcastle: Lincoln Academy, 81 Academy Hill, Saturday March 3rd, 5-7 pm (FARMS Fundraising Dinner)
  • Norway: Fare Share Commons, 443 Main St, Saturday February 25th, 10am-2pm
  • Portland: Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St, Sunday February 26th, 1-4pm
  • Rockland: First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway, Sunday February 26th, 1-3pm
  • Saco: Saco River Winter Market, 110 Main St, Suite 1107, Saco Island, Saturday February 25th, 9am-noon
  • Skowhegan:  The Pickup at the Somerset Gristmill, Sunday February 26th, 1-3pm
  • Springvale:  Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St, Sunday February 26th, 1-3pm
  • Waterville: Barrels Market, 74 Main St, Saturday February 25th, 11am-2pm

For more information, please visit MOFGA's website.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
St. John The Baptist Church, 945 Main Road, Westport, MA

Kick off the New Year by joining us for this year's WFA Oyster Stew Supper and Annual Meeting

Doors will open at 6:00pm. Supper served at 6:30 and Annual meeting portion which is free and open to the public begins at 7:30.

This years Speaker will be Niaz Dorry, an advocate for protecting global marine diversity.

We do hope you can join us for our annual celebration featuring a time-tested menu of traditional Oyster Stew, homemade Cornbread and fresh baked Apple Pie topped with delicious Adamsville Cheddar Cheese. Reservations for the dinner are $15 per person and can be made by mailing in the number of people in your party and your check made payable, to the WFA at PO Box 83 Westport Point MA 02791. This is a ticketless event, your name will be on a reservation list at the door when you arrive. Reservations must be made in advance and received by February 10th, 2012.

The annual meeting portion of the evening is free and open to the public and is scheduled to begin just after the supper around 7:30. This years guest speaker will be Niaz Dorry. She is an advocate for oceans and fisheries. After spending eleven years with Greenpeace she went on to working on advancing the rights and ecological benefits of the small scale fishing communities as a means of protecting global marine biodiversity independently. Time magazine named Niaz as a Hero For The Planet for this work. Plan to join us for what is sure to be an informative and passionate discussion on promoting eco based fishery management strategies in an effort to ensure future generation’s access to these resources. Come and hear of her experiences helping to create diversity in small fishing fleets, and ways in which to promote sustainable community based small boat fisheries. You will not want to miss this talk.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the wfa coordinator at wfa.coordinator (at) westportriver (dot) org We hope to see you there!

 

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 2:15pm - 3:30pm
The Dudley H. Davis Center at UVM, Kalkin 004

When it comes to local foods, seafood is often left off the menu. This costs our oceans and fishing communities in innumerable ways. Padi Anderson and Niaz Dorry will share how community-based fishermen are creating new business strategies, such as Community Supported Fisheries (CSF) and direct marketing, which pay fishermen a fair price, have a small footprint on the marine ecosystem and feed our local food system. Fletcher Allen chef Richard Jarmusz will discuss how chefs can become more engaged with ocean-based seafood sourcing. There will be ample time for Q&A and strategizing around how Vermonters can have access to ocean-based seafood at home and at restaurants and institutions. Padi and Mike Anderson run F/V Rimrack, a family owned fishing boat/business in Rye, NH. Niaz Dorry, Director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, is based in Gloucester, MA. Richard Jarmusz serves over 1,000,000 meals a year at Fletcher Allen and focuses on fresh, local, nutritious ingredients.

 

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
First Parish Church Norwell, 24 River Street, Norwell, MA

A robust discussion of what we collectively can do to promote/support local, sustainable fisheries with Niaz Dorry, NAMA's director, and fishermen Stephen Welch and Frank Mirarchi. Join members from various Sustainable South Shore chapters for this conversation.

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 9:00am - 5:30pm
Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine

By Land and By Sea: Leveraging Co-ops for Business Success

A one-day conference for all Maine farmers & fishermen on the co-operative model of doing business

  • Learn exactly what a cooperatively-organized business is all about. What are the advantages, what are the different types of co-ops, and why might it make sense for your business? We’ll cover the nuts and bolts of co-ops.
  • Connect with Experienced Co-operative Business People. What are the financing options for co-ops? What local resources are available for start-up, problem-solving and co-operative business development? Go home with connections and an action plan for moving your co-op business or idea forward. 
  • Celebrate 2012: International Year of Co-operatives. Hear first-hand stories from other farmers and fishermen about how they have implemented a co-operative business. What worked? What obstacles did they overcome and how?

Sponsored by The Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine and its members: Putting more Maine food on more Maine tables more often!

With support from and participation of: Lobsters on the Fly, MOFGA, Maine Department of Agriculture, Penobscot East Resource Center, Maine Farmland Trust, Cooperative Maine, Island Institute, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Cooperative Fund of New England, The Broadreach Fund, Cooperative Development Institute, Western Mountains Alliance, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and more!

Friday, November 11, 2011 (All day) - Saturday, November 12, 2011 (All day)
Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, Albany, NY

Join us for this year's It Takes a Region... the conference for everyone doing food system change work! Together we'll learn about and build on exciting efforts underway in our region in production, distribution logistics, research, messaging, food access and nutrition, policy advocacy and more. Whatever your part of the Northeast food system, this conference is for you!

This year we are co-hosting the session Northeast Fisheries: Scale Up of Sell Out?

Focus: Policies that turned farms into food production machines with grave ecological, social, health and economic consequences are being mirrored on the marine side. Fishing operations are faced with the same choices confronted by farmers a few decades ago: sell out or scale up. Learn what our fishing communities are doing to stop consolidation and create alternatives.

Leaders: Brett Tolley, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance; Doug Maxfield, fisherman, Gloucester, MA; Amanda Beal, Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine

Saturday, November 5, 2011 (All day) - Tuesday, November 8, 2011 (All day)
Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland, California

We'll be at this year's Community Food Security Conference again this year. This year we are co-sponsoring a panel with the National Family Farm Coalition on taking back our co-operatives featuring farmers and fishermen.

Farmers and Fishermen Regaining Control of Their Cooperatives

Sunday, November 6 2:15-3:45 pm

Producer co-ops were designed to benefit farmers and fishermen
through collective bargaining rights, yet today processors’ control of
cooperatives are hurting producers and consumers alike. Representatives
from dairy, fishing, produce and consumer sectors will describe ways in
which they are regaining control of their cooperatives to ensure a fair
food economy.

  • Lisa Griffith, National Family Farm Coalition
  • Daniel Teague, Mississippi Association of Cooperatives and the Federation of Southern Cooperatives
  • John Peck, Family Farm Defenders
  • Larry Collins, Crab Boat Owners Association, San Francisco, and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association
  • Mike Hudson, Hudson Fish, Oakland, and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association

For more information about the conference, please visit their website.

 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 (All day)
First Congregational Church at Kittery Point (UCC), 23 Pepperell Rd, Kittery Point, Maine

Join us for another series of Fishes and Loaves, a collaboration with the Maine Council of Churches.


Fishes and Loaves

A Study of the Covenant between Land and Sea

Wednesdays, October 5th-26th  7-9pm

Study and Reflection about how our Oceans and Fishing Communities are being affected by Environmental Changes

  • October 5: Award-winning Film “A Sea Change”/Discussion
  • October 12: Film “Acid Test”  Speaker Mark Green shares his marine research on the effects of changing ocean chemistry on Maine shellfish
  • October 19: Film “Fishing Voices” Speaker Niaz Dorry, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance fishing advocacy group, focuses on stewardship of the resource and challenges for Maine fishermen in today’s market
  • October 26: Film “A Leap of Faith”  Discussion focuses on community-supported fisheries in Maine and the potential for a CSF in the southern  York County area

For more information, call the Church Office at 439-0650 or email ucckp@comcast.net

Study created by Maine Council of Churches


 

Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 10:00am - 6:00pm
Town Landing, Rockport, MA

 

Seafood Throwdown is on again... but we hope the wind holds back this year!

Here's this year's line-up:

Information Booth & Hospitality Tent in Dock Square. Enjoy hot coffee and cider while listening to some great live music in the heart of Rockport!

Local Fare Fair on T-Wharf.  Featuring food made locally on Cape Ann and in New England, with Cape Ann Brewing Co. offering a taste of some local brews from noon to 5pm.  Check back for an updated list of vendors.

Scarecrow Stroll throughout Downtown. Don't miss Rockport's unique & artistic collection of scarecrows from Front Beach to Bearskin Neck to Harvey Park!  (And be sure to vote on your favorite!). Click HERE for more information.

Kids' Art Zone in Harvey Park.  Climb the hay bales, enjoy pumpkin-painting and more! Suggested donation to support festival programming.

Dock Square HarvestFest Music Tent in Dock Square.

WOCA Fair in Harvey Park.  The What's On Cape Ann Fair highlights area non-profits, organizations and sponsors.  Enjoy interactive booths as you learn just what resources are available to Cape Ann residents and visitors!. Click here for more information.

NYRE Food Booth at Harvey Park.  Proceeds to benefit New Year's Rockport Eve, an annual tradition in Rockport.
Make Your Own Instruments with Rockport Music! Create your own guitar from cigar boxes and other supplies. Sponsored by Rockport Music.

11:30 am - Cooking Demonstration on T Wharf with special guest: the award-winning Laurie Lufkin hosted by food writer Heather Atwood.  Sponsored by the Taste of the Times.

12 noon to 2:30 pm - Daniel Dye & the Miller Road Band playing in Dock Square.  Indie Americana. Click here and here.

Merrimac Valley Rounders playing on T-Wharf.  Bluegrass.

1 pm - Cooking Demonstration on T Wharf hosted by food writer Heather Atwood.  Sponsored by the Taste of the Times.

1 pm - 3 pm - Hayride! Pick-up and drop-off in Harvey Park. Sponsored by Seaview Farm.

2pm to 3 pm - Rockport Legion Band in Harvey Park. Click here
or here to watch a video clip.

2 pm - 4 pm - 103.3 WODS radio station in Barletta Park. Join the WODS street team where they will be giving away tons of great prizes with their WODS
prize wheel!

2:30 pm -  The Vanishing of the Bees: Screening in the Old Firehouse Trust building. Click here for information on this fresh documentary.

3 pm - Seafood Throwdown Sponsored by NAMA and emceed by Heather Atwood of the Taste of the Times. For more information, click here.

3:00 pm to 5:30 pm - Brad Byrd with full band playing in Dock Square. Indie Rock. Click here.

3:30 pm to 5:30 pm - Music under the tent on T-Wharf.

4:30 pm - The Great Scarecrow Chase!  Children of all ages can join us for a costumed parade throughout downtown, ending up with a very special surprise and treat! Parade begins in Harvey Park at the Kids Art Zone. Click HERE for more information.

Stay tuned for more details or visit the Harvest Fest's website for up to minute updates about this year's event.

 

Friday, October 7, 2011 - 10:00am - 4:30pm
Marshfield Fairgrounds

Join us for a discussion around sustainable seafood at the first annual South Shore Celebration! A premier event celebrating the fall harvest, local foods, and sustainable living. Sustainable seafood will be discussed from 12 - 12:45 p.m.

Other activities include:

  • 70 local food and green vendors
  • 15 workshops on sustainable living
  • Kid's Corner - fun and games
  • Farmers market, local wines, delicious local food
  • A home electronic recycling station
  • Electric vehicle display 
  • Remote broadcast from WATD 95.9. 
  • Music and much much more……
The Celebration! is a family-oriented event providing a fun, relaxed venue for folks to get information about options for living more a more sustainable lifestyle.  The Celebration! is a community-based event
driven by volunteers.

Rain or Shine, FREE Parking

Admission:   $3 per Person or $6 per family

For more information, please visit the Celebration's website.

Saturday, October 1, 2011 (All day)
Fort Point Channel, Boston

With the amazing success of the first event, the Boston Local Food Festival is back! And, we are so proud to be a part of it again this year as we bring FishStock - complete with a Seafood Throwdown, cooking demonstrations and information booths on marine conservation and fisheries issues - back to the Boston waterfront. Stay tuned for more details.

“Fish Stock” is the portion of the Boston Local Food Festival that highlights the fisher folk and the seafood that are local to New England. The Seafood Throwdown is the main event of FishStock, and you won’t want to miss it! But in addition to the cooking demos, filets demonstrations and other activities, this year FishStock will also include fishing gear display and some fun stuff from the Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association about what it takes to bring you locally caught lobsters, the state of the industry and the ecology of lobsters.

Number 7 and number 3 placed chefs in Fox's MasterChef will engage in a culinary battle of skill and creativity with the secret seafood ingredient. Come see who will emerge the most seafood savvy! The competition will highlight the importance of incorporating local seafood in our local food priorities and will take place outside of The Barking Crab and Moakley Courthouse. Judging will be Callie Crossley of WGBH, Boston celebrity chef Didi Emmons, lobsterman David Casoni and Massachusetts fisheries commissioner Mary Griffith. The event will be emceed by award winning Gloucester-based chef Laurie Lufkin.

This year, the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance will host the Seafood Throwdown.
Chefs can bring three of their favorite ingredients, and once they discover the secret seafood they must use, they get $25 and 15 minutes to shop the Boston Local Food Festival’s vendors for ingredients. After their shopping spree, they have one hour to cook and present their entry for the judge’s consideration. Public tastings will be available.

Local seafood events lineup:

  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Filleting and cooking demo with Barry Edleman of Five Corners Kitchen
  • 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Seafood Throwdown with MasterChef finalists Christian Collins and Derrick Prince (see bios below), emceed by Chef Laurie Lufkin; will also include a lobster demo and presentation
  • 2:30 – 5 p.m. – Cooking demos and tastings by the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association,whose project Cape Ann Fresh Catch Community Supported Fishery has been supplying Boston area seafood lovers with locally caught seafood.
  • Prepared seafood will be available through local seafood vendors.

Seafood Throwdown Chef Bios

Derrick Prince – The first thing you read about Derrick, a personal chef from Long Island, on his website Born to Braise is “I cook. I play metal.” That’s the unique combination Derrick brings to the kitchen and it’s this unique approach that landed him amongst the top ten contestants on this year’s Fox’s MasterChef.  Derrick says” I cook. I cook a lot and I like to think I’m good at it. I don’t have a set cooking style, French, Mexican, Italian, etc; the nationality or style is not important, making as much of my meal as I can is what I’m most about. Most people buy bread, I bought a 55lb bag of flour and a pound of active dry yeast.” To learn more about Derrick visit his website www.borntobraisehell.com

Christian Collins – Born and raised in the oldest settled fishing port in the country, Gloucester, MA, Christian Collins is an ambitious chef who always strives to make people happy through the food he makes. Christian has been in the industry for over five years and is now ready to branch out on his own, to bring you inspired food with sustenance! He previously participated in two Seafood Throwdowns with NAMA, and this year he was one of the contestants on Fox’s MasterChef making it all the way to the top three. He says, “Cooking to me is a journey through the senses, from finding the freshest ingredients, preparing them with the best techniques, and presenting them in the most exciting way possible! Making people happy through food is the ultimate compliment. Knowing that I can create a lasting memory through someone’s palate is what drives me to be a chef.” Visit
Christian’s website for more information http://chefchristiancollins.com

Also, visit the festival site for updates.

Sunday, September 25, 2011 (All day)
Unity, Maine

For the third year in a row the Common Ground Country Fair is holding a Seafood Throwdown to further connect the fishing part of the Maine's food system to the farming part. And we couldn't be happier! Stay tuned for more details.

Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH

The Fishtival is in its third year and we are thrilled to be a part of it again this year. Stay tuned for the details of this year's Seafood Throwdown at the NH Fishtival.

Saturday, September 24, 2011 (All day) - Sunday, September 25, 2011 (All day)
New Bedford Waterfront

This year's Working Waterfront Festival will feature Seafood Throwdowns on both Saturday and Sunday. Chefs Henry Bousquet (Ice Chest) and Mike Melo (M & C Café) who tied in last year's competition will have a rematch on Saturday with the winner facing challenger Peter Doire (Area Chef for Legal Seafoods).

The chefs will compete to create a winning dish using a surprise seafood ingredient and local produce. Chefs can bring three of their favorite ingredients and once they discover the secret seafood they will be using, they get $25 and 15 minutes to shop the Festival Farmers' Market for ingredients. A panel of judges including fishermen and food writers will determine the winning dish.

Seafood Throwdowns provide an opportunity to learn more about our local seafood, local fishing fleet and fisheries related issues affecting our ocean, fishing economies and coastal food systems. The event is a collaboration between the Working Waterfront Festival and Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance.

Chefs Henry Bousquet (Ice Chest), Mike Melo (M & C Café) and Peter Doire (Area Chef for Legal Seafoods)Chefs Henry Bousquet (Ice Chest), Mike Melo (M & C Café) and Peter Doire (Area Chef for Legal Seafoods)

Saturday, September 10, 2011 (All day)
Stay tuned for final location

New York Sea Grant is celebrating its 40th anniversary and we've been invited to party with them NAMA style by throwing a Seafood Throwdown. And, we couldn't be happier! Stay tuned for details as the birthday party gets closer.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Seabrook, NH

Join us for an evening cruise celebrating, Granite State Fish, one of the community based fishing organizations we support and Eastman's Local Catch, one of the pioneering CSFs and alternative marketing businesses as we bid them farewell.

It'll be a great night for great food, company, a cruise around the Isle of Shoals for the sunset and then we'll end with fireworks.

This is a catered event: Oysters, Lobster rolls, Clam Chowder, passed hors'deurves. Coffee and pastries. Cash bar.

Proceeds from the night will go to Granite State Fish, the non-profit that was created to assist commercial fishermen. Suggested Donatiion is $30.00 person. Kids are free.

You can make a donation when you arrive at the boat tomorrow night.

Cruise is 7-10PM- Leaving from Eastman's Docks in Seabrook- right behind our fish market. Try to arrive early if you can- we'll start boarding at 6:00PM.

Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 9:30am - 11:45am
West Tisbury Farmers Market

We're so excited to once again team up with the Danes County/Martha's Vineyard Fishermen's Association and West Tisbury Farmers Market to bring a Seafood Throwdown back to The Island! Chef Josh Aronie from Menemsha Cafe will square off against Chef Chris
Fischer from Beetlebung Farm at the West Tisbury Farmer's Market this Saturday at 9:30AM.

Judges for the event are Joan Nathan, NY Times Food Critique, cookbook writer and summer resident. Charlie Kernick, resident of West Tisbury and farmers market regular, and a cook and Karen Pickus currently Chef/Food Stylist for Good Morning America.

Martha's Vineyard Fishermen's Association's Warren Doty will once again emcee the event. What will the mystery seafood be? Who will make best use of the whole fish? What culinary delights can the chefs whip up under the the time limit? Come on down for a fun and informative event!

Saturday, August 13, 2011 (All day)
LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas

One of the amazing perks of our partnership with the National Family Farm Coalition has been the friendship and camaraderie we've built with our friends at Farm Aid. This year, NFFC will once again have NAMA materials at the Homegrown Village. So stop by and say hi, and learn more about what fishermen and farmers have in common.

And if that weren't enough, this year's line up include: Willie NelsonNeil YoungJohn MellencampDave MatthewsJason MrazJamey JohnsonJakob DylanLukas Nelson & Promise of the RealRobert FrancisWill Dailey & the RivalsRebecca PidgeonBilly Joe Shaver, and John Trudell.

Friday, August 12, 2011 (All day) - Sunday, August 14, 2011 (All day)
UMass Amherst

Join NAMA and our friends at Eastman's Local Catch at this year's NOFA Summer Conference where attendees register for an entire weekend of keynote speeches, over 225 workshops, a country fair, farmers’ market, over 100 exhibitors and vendors, a children’s conference, a teen conference, live entertainment and silent auction. Over the years, NOFA has presented a wide array of thoughtful, engaging and important keynote speakers, including Wendell Berry, Joel Salatin, and others. The 2011 Friday evening keynote will be given by perennial-edibles expert and award-winning author, Eric Toensmeier, from Holyoke, MA. The 2011 Saturday evening keynote will be given by Biology professor and anti-GMO activist Dr. Ignacio Chapela, from UC Berkeley.

This year, the 2011 NOFA Summer Conference is proud to feature the Northeast Animal Power Field Days (NEAPFD); a special collection of workshops and hands-on activities for those interested in using draft animals to facilitate farming and logging activities. Local farm tours and most Animal-Power workshops will be held at offsite locations in the Pioneer Valley, for those interested in daytime excursions.

Workshop topics for 2011 include: Alternative Energy and the Environment; Animal Power; Animals, Crops, Farm Economics and Management, Farming and the Community, Food and Family, Food and Farm Education, Food Preservation and Cooking, Fruits, Nuts, and Trees; Garden and Greenhouse, Herbs, Land Care, Nutrition and Health, Of the Spirit, Politics and Policy, Practical Skills, Soil and Fertility, and Urban Agriculture. Most workshops are held in and around the UMass Amherst campus. Participants generally select on-campus housing, and reside in the UMass dormitories for the duration of their stay. Camping on the UMass property is also available.

Online registration available now. Go to: www.nofasummerconference.org . For information on registration, contact registration@nofasummerconference.org, or call Kathleen or Siedeh at the registration hotline: (413) 230-7835.

Can't go to the entire conference? No problem. Go for one day, or one night. It's well worth a nice drive out to Western Mass. About an hour and 45 minutes from Boston. Lots of folks heading out there...carpools are available. You can preregister or walk in on the days of the conference! Discounts for early registration. Check the NOFA conference website for details.

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Gloucester, MA

Not only do we step out of downtown Gloucester for this next Seafood Throwdown, but we bring in MasterChef!

Our competing teams will be: Amelia's at 78 Thatcher Road, Gloucester who will be represented by Chef and owner Amelia Lopes and her daughter Danielle Vossantos. And just down the backshore at 125 Atlantic Road is the Breakfast Cafe at the Atlantis Ocean Front Inn. Chef Jessica O'Leary will be joined by MaryEllen Gigliotti.

Judges for this event Heather Atwood blogger on "Food for Thought" and columnist/video author for the Gloucester Daily Times, The Eagle-Tribune, and the Newburyport News. Joining her will be Laurie Lufkin of Essex, winner of cooking contests from the Essex Clamfest, Topsfield Fair, Florida, the Food Channel and Family Circle Magazine and back. Christian Collins, Gloucester resident and current contest survivor for TV show "MasterChef" will complete the judging booth. Emcees will again be Peter van Ness of "gimmesound.com, The New Music Pipeline" and Joey Ciaramitaro from "GoodMorningGloucester My View of Life on the Docks" blog.

All we are missing is Gordon Ramsey!

Saturday, August 6, 2011 (All day)
Cambridge Brewing Company

We're so exited to be teaming up with Slow Food Boston and Cambridge Brewing Company to bring you a day of locally caught seafood and why that matters.

This is an a la carte dinner that will be available all night.  You have to check out the menu! You can stop by anytime between 5PM and 11PM and order from a menu specially-crafted for the evening by chef David Drew in concert with a number of local fishermen. Join us at 6PM for a short presentation and discussion. If you can't make it that early or would rather just eat good fish (and drink beer!) sans lecture, you can simply show up and eat. The menu will be available all night.

You don't need to register on the SFB website for this event. Just contact CBC at 617-494-1994 for reservations or information (or just show up on August 6th).

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Gloucester, MA

Seafood Throwdowns are back! And Cape Ann Farmers Market is the place to take part in the first Throwdown of 2011. Join us for an event focused on learning more about the ecological, social, economic and food system contributions of local seafood.

Three time Seafood Throwdown Champion Missy Sallah of Sugar Magnolias will be squaring off against Julie Ann Geary of Cape Ann Caterers featuring a mystery seafood provided by Cape Ann Fresh Catch. There will also be fish filleting demonstrations by master fish cutter Steve Parkes. Host and emcee duties will be shared by Good Morning Gloucester's Joey Cimartaro and Peter Van Ness from Gimmesound.com

Judging this event will be Loretta Lomba, head of the Chill Zone and a regular behind the Backyard Growers' table at the farmers market, a member of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association and Heather Fraelick, a local foodie and fitness enthusiast at Cross Fit Cape Ann. The dishes created by Missy and Julie will be judged on taste, use of the whole animal, originality and presentation.

Come join us for a fun, educational and tasty experience.

Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Brooklyn, NY

For the second year, NY Greenmarkets and NAMA have joined forces to kick off the Seafood Throwdown season in the New York City area.  In this Iron Chef-inspired program, Chef Nate Courtland of iCi Restaurant in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn will face off against chef Rebecca Weitzman of Park Slope’s Thistle Hill Tavern in a heart-pounding race to transform a mystery seafood and what they can get from farmers market vendors into culinary delights.  The event, which will take place from 11am to 1pm on July 16th, aims to promote the link between locally caught seafood and the health and reslience of the world's oceans.

Judging this spectacular competition will be Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn’s deputy editor and James Beard award-winning writer, Rachel Wharton, Blue Moon Fish’s Alex Villani, and GrowNYC’s own David Hurd, director of the Office of Recycling Outreach and Education. Matt Timms, famously known for his rollicking Takedown series will MC the event giving the play-by-play of all the action.

Monday, June 27, 2011 (All day) - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 (All day)
Sheraton Harborside Hotel, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

We have been saying that scale matters for a long time, so we are excited to see this two day workshop come together. Join us as we learn more about the ecological scales of the marine ecosystem.

Fishermen and scientists are continually learning that stock boundaries of marine species aren’t always what we once thought. Fishery managers often face dilemmas when ecological and management boundaries don’t coincide. This public workshop will explore how fisheries management can better use data on stock structure and ecological processes in achieving sustainable fishery resources. Costs and benefits of using increasingly detailed data in management will be discussed.

Key Questions:

What do we know and what progress has been made?

  • Identify evidence of spatial scale structure of populations and ecosystems, and provide examples where such spatial scales have been successfully incorporated within a management context.

What do we need to know and how will we get there?

  • Identify critical information, processes, and scientific and managerial requirements needed to achieve fisheries management at appropriate ecological scales.

What are the social incentives, benefits, and risks of alternative management scales?

  • Given fine-scale stock structure patterns, what types of fisheries management approaches will maximize our knowledge about ecosystem structure and function?
  • Specifically consider consequences of management units that are too large vs. those that are too small.
  • Identify the potential impacts on access and utilization of catch allocations by the fishing community.

Invited Speakers

  • Dr. Michael Fogarty, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center
  • Capt. Paul Howard, New England Fishery Management Council
  • Dr. Ana Parma, Argentine Council for Science and Technology, Centro Nacional Patagonico
  • Dr. Simon Thorrold, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Who Should Attend

All fisheries stakeholders are encouraged to attend and to submit in advance an idea for a talk/poster/panel discussion (see Abstract Submission).

Cost

Registration is $50, including breakfast, lunch, and parking for both days, as well as a copy of the summary report. Commercial fishermen may request a waiver of this fee. For an additional $25, join us for the poster session aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton, featuring locally-caught, sustainable seafood.

Format

The workshop will step sequentially through the above key questions, including a talk from an invited speaker, followed by break-out sessions. The break-out sessions will provide participants the opportunity to participate in open discussions as well as hear focused presentations on break-out topics.

Organizing Committee:

  • Mike Armstrong, MA Division of Marine Fisheries
  • Steve Cadrin, University of Massachusetts
  • Aaron Dority, Penobscot East Resource Center
  • Rachel Feeney (Co-Chair), Northeast Consortium
  • David Goethel, NH Commercial Fisherman
  • Jake Kritzer, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Ken La Valley (Co-Chair), NH Sea Grant
  • Melissa Sanderson, Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association
  • Fred Serchuk, NOAA Fisheries NE Fisheries Science Center
  • Bob Steneck, University of Maine
  • Melissa Vasquez, NOAA Fisheries Northeast Regional Office
  • Jim Wilson, University of Maine

For more information and to reserve your spot at the conference, please visit event website.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 (All day) - Thursday, June 23, 2011 (All day)
Portland, Maine

Three days of debate on topics ranging from the future of groundfish management strategies to protection of essential fish habitat. Stay tuned for more details and agenda as they become available from the Council staff.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 (All day) - Saturday, June 18, 2011 (All day)
Bristol, RI
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 (All day) - Friday, June 17, 2011 (All day)
Bellingham, Washington

Join NAMA's director, Niaz Dorry, on the main stage of the BALLE conference this year!

The new economy is being shaped at the grassroots level. Join us in Bellingham to connect, share and learn from 700 pioneering business owners and investors, elected officials, philanthropists, economic development professionals and local BALLE network leaders as we spotlight the most innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to growing healthy, resilient local economies.

Conference elements include:

  • 80 speakers
  • 16 main-stage events and off-site celebrations
  • 24 breakout sessions
  • 3 regional living economy tours

Plus, 3 pre-conference workshop intensives:

  • Accelerating Community Capital Intensive (new in 2011!)
  • How to Build a BALLE Network Training Workshop
  • The Network Leaders Exchange

For more information on speakers and the conference program, please visit the conference website.

If you have questions at any time, please contact the BALLE office at (360)746-0840 x102, or email conference[at]livingeconomies.org. BALLE office hours are 9am - 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

 

Saturday, June 11, 2011 (All day) - Sunday, June 12, 2011 (All day)
Cape Cod Maritime Museum. Hyannis, MA

Explore a Tall Ship, set sail on the Sarah, Alabama or Prudence. Enjoy colorful ans exciting exhibits, boat-builders, arts and crafts, children's activites, great live bands, pirates and great food! All on the Hyannis working waterfront!

For more info. visit their website.

Friday, June 10, 2011 - 7:00pm
Cape Cod Maritime Museum. Hyannis, MA

 

Pirates, wenches and sailors, come as you are or as you like! Frolic to the sounds of JO&CO. Partake in merriment with Pirates Venture auctions. Quell yer scurvy thirst and hunger with hors d' eoevres, raw bar and cash bar! $35 peices of eight will get you in, buy online or at the Museum!
For more info. also visit http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=137098969695178.

Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 12:03pm - 4:00pm
Community Rowing, Brighton, MA

Join NAMA's Sean Sullivan and the crew from Cape Ann Fresh Catch at the WBUR Spring Festival. The festival will feature performers such as Livingston Taylor as well as the opportunity to meet WBUR personalities. Festival goers will be able to participate in rowing on the Charles River and best of all Cape Ann Fresh Catch will be serving fish cakes with our freinds from Turner's Seafood! Kids are free, more info here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 (All day)
Martha's Vineyard

Join NAMA's community organizer, Brett Tolley, at this year's Dukes County/Martha's Vineyard annual fishermen's dinner and benefit. Brett will be the featured speaker talking about fleet diversity and why we believe Who Fishes Matters!

Stay tuned for information on time and location.

Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Chatham Fish Pier

Join us as we Celebrate the Fleet!

10:00 am - Gathering of boats and friends
10:30 am - Blessing of the Fleet!
12:00 pm Food, music and celebrations begin!
12:30 pm A Maritime Themed Children's Bike Parade (ages 2yrs - 12 yrs) Sponsored by the Chatham Candy Manor
1:00pm Scholarships awarded, Tribute to Bob and Rosemarie Denn, and a few more surprises!
1:30pm Let the Fishermen's Olympics Begin!!!

This is a FREE event! 100% of donations will go directly to supporting fishing families on Cape Cod!

For more information please visit Women of Fishing Families' web site.

Saturday, May 7, 2011 - 8:00am - 4:00pm
Ryan Lounge, UMass Boston

We've learned so much by being a part of the Sustainale Business Network's world. Please join us and SBN on this day long conference celebrating 22 years of SBN and our local, green and fair economies.

Join local business, environmental and community leaders from throughout Greater Boston for SBN's 22nd Annual Conference: Building a Local, Green & Fair Economy.Engage with inspiring pioneers and learn about breakthrough programs and practices that will help us grow our businesses and organizations as we together build strong local economies that are green and fair.

SBN is thrilled to announce that this years closing keynote address will be given by Bill McKibben of 350.org and the opening address will feature Dave Jackson of Enterprise Farms.

Early registration discount extended till May 4th!

Six Interactive Workshops

Building an Interconnected Sustainable Economy - A Key Strategy for Ensuring a Livable Future

  • Moderator: Vanessa Rule, Massachusetts Climate Action Network
  • Panelists: Wenzday Jane, MetroPedal Power
  • Kate Stillman, Stillman's Farm
  • JD Kemp, Organic Renaissance Food Exchange
  • Adam Mitchell, Save That Stuff

The Greening of Local Independent Businesses

  • Moderator: Katrina Kazda, Managing Coordinator, Sustainable Business Leader Program
  • Panel: Rich Good, Senior Director of Sustainability & CSR, Alcatel-Lucent
  • Maggie Kerr, Dancing Deer Baking Company
  • Farshad Sayan, Owner, Clevergreen Cleaners
  • Valerie Shulock, Owner, Basil Tree Catering

The Ethics of Growth- How to Grow & Stay Local

  • Moderator: Michael Kanter, Chief Visionary Officer, Cambridge Naturals
  • Panel: Art Spears, President, East Cambridge Bank  
  • Frank Kramer, Former Owner, Harvard Bookstore
  • Karen Masterson, Owner, Nourish Restaurant

Local Food Success Stories from the Boston Local Food Festival  

  • Moderator: Nicola Williams, President, The Williams Agency
  • Panel: Niaz Dorry, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
  • Hannah Mathews, Katsiroubas Produce

Community Capital-Moving Friendly Capital to Local Businesses Fast!

  • Moderator: Laury Hammel, Executive Director, Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston
  • Panelists: Glynn Lloyd, Co-owner, City Fresh Foods
  • Vicky Stein, Director of Community Investments, Mission Markets Inc.

A Local Food Revolution in Jamaica Plain!

  • Moderator: Jamey Lionette   
  • Panelists: Betsy Cowan of Egelston Square Main Street
  • Randace Moore, Centre/South Main Streets

Early Registration extended to May 4th!

  • SBN Members @ $95
  • Non-Members @ $120

Please visit SBN's website for more updates and to reserve your space.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Nourish Restaurant, Lexington, Massachusetts

Join us for the second annual dinner at Nourish Restaurant to benefit NAMA while meeting some of the fishermen and women who bring us our locally caught seafood.

Please visit our website again for updates on the event and bios of fishermen and women joining us for an evening of celebrating our marine environment, NAMA and our local fishing economies.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 (All day) - Thursday, April 28, 2011 (All day)
Mystic, Connecticut

Three days of debate on topics ranging from the future of groundfish management strategies to protection of essential fish habitat. Stay tuned for more details and agenda as they become available from the Council staff.

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Boston University, George Sherman Union (2nd floor conference auditorium)

Imagine the oceans without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. 1 billion people rely on fish as an important source of protein. Watch the documentary "End of the Line" and learn from local experts about how you can play your part in saving this precious resource.

Refreshments and giveaways!

Speakers:

  • Les Kaufman, BU Professor of Marine Biology
  • Jen Goldstein, Wild Fisheries Specialist, NE Aquarium
  • Katy Hladki, Aquaculture Specialist, NE Aquarium
  • Niaz Dorry, Coordinating Director, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

This event is open to General Public. Admission is free.

For more information, please contact:

Sabrina Harper
617.358.5551
Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 12:00pm - Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 5:30pm
Antioch University, Keene, NH

This year's CAMNet meeting emphasizes emergent, place-based approaches to natural resources management. To this end, New England with its history of local governance, private lands and the open commons of fisheries offers a very different context within which to view the practice and the potential of collaboration adaptive management. This year's meeting is focused on adaptive governance – the decision making context required for effective response to change, and will feature panels on innovative approaches to management of three resource types: fisheries, forestry, and climate change action.

April 16th: registration, opening remarks from CAMNet and Rendezvous organizers, a welcome from a local official, a keynote address, updates from programs applying collaborative adaptive management across North America, and a group dinner.

April 17th: dialogue with the City of Keene, NH and Cool Monadnock, two of the most progressive efforts at climate action planning nationally; with fishermen and community representatives from the Maine lobster fishery and other New England fisheries; and with panelists involved with Community Forests in New England and the regional Quabbin to Cardigan Partnership.

Please register online at: http://camnet2011.eventbrite.com/
More about CAMNet at: http://www.adaptivemanagement.net/

Friday, April 15, 2011 (All day)
SUNY College in Old Westbury

The Small Farm Summit, a project of the Long Island Small Farm Initiative, marks the beginning of an on-going effort to cultivate active community support of sustainable local agriculture. The Summit will feature a full day of educational discussions and networking opportunities aimed at building community awareness and facilitating positive environmental action. The goals of the Long Island Small Farm Initiative are to help strengthen the local food system and to increase community awareness of and access to more locally-produced food.

NAMA'S direcotr, Niaz Dorry, will be part of two panel discussions: one on local fisheries and the other on community supported food efforts.

For more information and directions, please visit the summit's webpage.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Patagonia Boston, 346 Newbury Street

After a month of voting, tonight Patagonia's Boston store will be giving away environmental grants to three local environmental non-profits as the conclusion to the Voice Your Choice event! You all voted for which group should receive the lion's share of the grant money, come find out which group that is.

The three groups include NAMA! We are so glad to be in the company of the two other organizations: City Sprouts and Lowell Parks and Conservation.

Entertainment will be provided special musical guest, Barefoot Truth!

Doors open at 7:30 pm.

See you there!

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
One Marine Park Drive, 14th Floor, Boston, MA

Stellwagon Alive is hosting a special evening to premiere their new short film "Stellwagon Sweep: Restoring Stellwagon Bank National Marine Santuary."

In addition to the film, we'll see the tools used to remove harmful marine debris, and hear some of the people who have helped remove over 100,000 pounds of marine debris... and counting.

Refreshments and the most beautiful view of Boston Harbor, too!

Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
MIT Walker Memorial Hall, Cambridge, MA

Come Meet the People Behind Your Local Community Supported Fishery and other Members of Cape Ann Fresh Catch CSF.

Filleting Demo * Cooking Demo * Tastings * Slide Show

This is a special event open to the public. Come see why CAFC is a
model for other Community Supported Fisheries around the country!

  • Hear how Cape Ann Fresh Catch was started...
  • Talk to some of the fishermen who supply your weekly catch...
  • Learn how your fish gets from the wharf to your dinner plate...

Click on this link to RSVP with the number attending.

MIT Walker Memorial Hall (MIT Bldg. 50)
142 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA
Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Portland, Maine

This March marks the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day. To celebrate, Oxfam America—an international development and relief organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and social injustice—is organizing more than 150 events worldwide.

Around the world—from Maine to Mali—women are leading efforts to find solutions to the complex challenges of hunger, poverty and climate change. These solutions include support for sustainable agriculture, community cooperatives, local food movements, women’s education programs, and more.

To raise awareness about these efforts, NAMA co-sponsored an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet® in Portland Maine along with leaders from Maine’s business, agricultural, environmental, culinary, non-profit, faith and philanthropic communities, to celebrate the role women play in feeding the world.

MASTERS OF CEREMONIES

  • Diane Atwood, Medical Writer and Former Health Reporter for WCSH6
  • Cathy Lee, Managing Director of Lee International and Oxfam America Sisters on the Planet Ambassador

HOST COMMITTEE

  • Anne Burt, Oxfam America Sisters on the Planet Ambassador
  • Cathy Lee, Lee International and Oxfam America Sisters on the Planet Ambassador
  • Daphne Comaskey, El Camino Restaurant
  • Eleanor Kinney, Slow Money Maine and Oxfam America Sisters on the Planet Ambassador
  • Eloise Humphrey, El Camino Restaurant
  • Heather Spalding, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
  • Jill Agnew, Willow Pond Farm
  • Reverend Jill Job Saxby, Maine Council of Churches
  • Karen Volckhausen, Happy Town Farm
  • Mary Allen Lindemann, Coffee by Design
  • Nancy Dyer Gray, Harraseeket Inn and Broad Arrow Tavern
  • Naomi Mermin, Naomi Mermin Consulting and Oxfam America Sisters on the Planet Ambassador
  • Penelope Jordan, William H. Jordan Farm
  • Sherry Huber, Oxfam America Sisters on the Planet Ambassador
  • Stacia Hoover, Oxfam America Sisters on the Planet Ambassador
  • Suzanne McCormick, United Way of Greater Portland and Oxfam America Sisters on the Planet Ambassador
  • Theda Lyden, Harraseeket Inn and Broad Arrow Tavern

WITH SUPPORT FROM THE FOLLOWING CO-SPONSORS

American Lung Association, Bangor Savings Bank, Coastal Enterprises Inc., Cultivating Community, Good Shepherd Food Bank, William H. Jordan Farm, Lamey-Wellehan Shoes, Lee International, Maine Businesses for Sustainability, Maine Community Foundation, Maine Council of Churches, Maine Farmland Trust, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Maine Restaurant Association, Maine Women's Lobby, MOO Milk, Naomi Mermin Consulting, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, Rabelais Books, Rising Tide, United Way of Greater Portland

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 10:00am - Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 1:00pm
Patagonia - Boston Store 346 Newbury St Boston, MA

Patagonia BostonPatagonia BostonShow your support for Healthy Oceans! Patagonia chose NAMA as one of three non-profits in their Voice Your Choice campaign. Stop in and vote for NAMA! If we win we'll have more and bigger and better Seafood Throwdowns! We'll be there Saturday March 12 from 10-5 to rally support so stop in if you can.

Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon

29th Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

Join Boyce Thorne Miller, NAMA's Science & Policy Coordinator, for a panel on Environmentalism Gone Awry: The war on invansive species on Saturday, March 5th as part of this year's Public Interest Environmental Law Conference.

The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference is the premier annual gathering for environmentalists worldwide, and is distinguished as the oldest and largest of its kind. The Conference historically unites more than 3,000 activists, attorneys, students, scientists, and concerned citizens from over 50 countries around the globe to share their experience and expertise. The Conference is organized solely by the volunteers of Land Air Water (LAW), a student environmental law society, and is sponsored by Friends of Land Air Water (FLAW), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

The four-day Conference includes over 125 panels, workshops, and multi-media presentations addressing a broad spectrum of environmental law and advocacy. Topics include: forest protection and ecological restoration, grazing and mining reform, labor and human rights, air and water pollution, Native American treaty rights, globalization and "free" trade, environmental justice, corporate responsibility, marine wilderness, international environmental law, water rights and dam removal, oil and gas litigation, genetic engineering, and urban growth.

Each day of the Conference culminates with keynote presentations from preeminent activists, scientists, politicians, philosophers, and authors. Past keynote speakers include Robert Kennedy, Ralph Nader, David Brower, Terry Tempest Williams, Ward Churchill, Vandana Shiva, Paul Watson, Winona LaDuke, Gerry Spence, Ramona Africa,
Paul Hawken, and several recipients of the international Goldman Environmental Prize.

The Conference has become an event full of energy, innovation, and inspiration for all of us involved in the environmental movement. NAMA is glad to be invited to take part in this year's event and hope to see you there.

Past conference information, including brochures, can be found on the history page.

For more information, please browse their website or contact LAW.

Thursday, March 3, 2011 (All day) - Sunday, March 6, 2011 (All day)
Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine

Join us at this year's Maine Fishermen’s Forum. This is an annual three day event which focuses attention on issues affecting the commercial fishing industry. The event is held each year in March at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine. The Forum attracts thousands of people from fishing related businesses, government agencies, individual fishermen, scientists, and public organizations that serve the industry. The Forum happens through a volunteer effort by people who donate hours of time, equipment, and services.

For schedule of events, please visit the Forum's website.

Thursday, March 3, 2011 (All day) - Sunday, March 6, 2011 (All day)
Eugene, Oregon

Turning the Tides: Creating a Green and Clean Future

Join Boyce Thorne Miller, NAMA's Science and Policy Coordinator for a discussion on invasive species at this year's Public Interest Environmental Law Conference.

The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference is the premier annual gathering for environmentalists worldwide, and is distinguished as the oldest and largest of its kind. The Conference historically unites more than 3,000 activists, attorneys, students, scientists, and concerned citizens from over 50 countries around the globe to share their experience and expertise. The Conference is organized solely by the volunteers of Land Air Water (LAW), a student environmental law society, and is sponsored by Friends of Land Air Water (FLAW), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

For more information, please browse visit the conference website.

Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Thirteen Different Locations, Maine

For the third year in a row, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardners Association have made sure CSFs are included in their CSA Fair. So cool! For more information for 2011 locations and details, please visit MOFGA's website.

Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Island Merchant

Food and fashion? What’s the theme? Would you believe consciousness?

It’s true. To live a sustainable lifestyle, you have to start somewhere be it with the appreciation of the food you eat or how your clothes got to you. The more conscious you are of living a slower, more quality lifestyle, the healthier your life becomes.

With that, we’d like to share dinner with you as we all support local food artisans, fully taste and engage in our flavorful dinners and have a little fun learning about stylish clothing made from organic materials. Join Shift, Slow Food Cape Cod and The Island Merchant for a 4 course sit down dinner incorporating local foods from
Barnstable Seafarms, E&T Farms, Salty Lous Lobster, & Cape Cod Beer.

Ticket Price: $42, includes tax, gratuity and a portion donated to Slow Food In Schools, a community-based youth food education project.

RSVP with Island Merchant at 508.364.6063 or email Bev Dunn at JoeBevDunn@AOL.com. Click here for more information about Shift.

Monday, January 31, 2011 (All day) - Wednesday, February 2, 2011 (All day)
Vancouver, British Columbia

Join us for another round of discussions at the Seafood Summit.

This year, we are hosting the following panel:

Community Supported Fisheries: Broadening the Scope of Traditional Fisheries Management & Markets

Community-supported
fisheries (CSFs) have garnered enormous attention in the past few years as they’ve propagated in coastal communities across North America. Arguably, part of their appeal is their triple bottom-line approach that recognizes that long-term solutions require the integration of ecological, economic, and socio-political goals. Their approach challenges traditional fisheries management to expand the scope of its responsibility to more fully integrate ecosystem, human and food system dimensions. This panel highlights four CSFs and offers unique perspective on the social, market and political powers they are in the process of creating, establishing and/or shifting.

Panelist will include:

  • Brett Tolley of NAMA (moderator)
  • Joshus Stoll of Walking Fish CSF in North Carolina
  • Sadie Beaton of Off the Hook CSF in Nova Scotia
  • Shaun Stobel of Skipper Otto's CSF in British Columbia

Please stay tuned for more information or visit the event's website.

 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Channel Cafe, 300 Summer Street, Boston, MA

We're excited for a new year of ALLocal Dinners sponsored by The Boston Local Food Committee of Sustainable Business Network (SBN) starting with this one. Join us!

Join us for a cozy evening:
CHANNEL CAFE
Tuesday, January 25th: 6 pm - 9 pm

Register now- click here!

Located in Boston's Fort Point Channel area, Channel Cafe has consistently included locally sourced food on its menu and local art on its walls.  For several years it has even been a delivery site for Enterprise Farm's organic CSA weekly farm share.  Under the new leadership of General Manager Joyce Parlapiano and Chef Tammie Watson, the restaurant features creative "New American" dishes that highlight the natural flavors of fresh local ingredients, satisfying the appetites of carnivores and vegans alike!

DETAILS About Channel Cafe ALLocal Dinner

What:  Three Course Meal and Local Cheese Plate. Prepared with 100% New England grown and prepared food. Sponsored by Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston

Where:  Channel Cafe
              300 Summer Street
              Boston, MA 02210
              (617) 426-0695
              Directions
When:  Tuesday, January 25  from 6:00 - 9:00 pm
             6 pm:  Local Draft and Bottled Beer, Wine & Mixology
             7 pm:  Dinner begins
 
Entree:  Choice of seafood or vegan entree
              (Specify preference when you register)
 
Price:  $45 (not including beverages and beverage gratuity)
 
Transportation:  MBTA Red Line:  South Station
                            Bus #4 and #7
                            Parking available on the street
 
Funds Benefit:  SBN's Boston Local Food Committee
      
Registration:  With limited seating, these events sell out quickly.

                        Register now by clicking here.
                        Questions:  Contact
katrina@sbnboston.org

Thursday, January 20, 2011 (All day) - Sunday, January 23, 2011 (All day)
Cape Cod Resort and Conference Center

Join us for another year at the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association’s 2011 Annual Weekend and Lobster Trade Show. This year the event will be at the Cape Cod Resort and Conference Center, bring a friend, come and relax, do business, and enjoy this years free admission.

  • New Vendors
  • Cash Prizes
  • Great Seminars
  • Hospitality suite
  • Grand Auction
  • Casino Night Entertainment
  • Raffles, prizes

Location:

Resort & Conference Center at Hyannis
35 Scudder Ave, Hyannis, MA 508-775-7775
www.capecodresortandconference.com

Exhibit Hall Hours

  • Friday, Jan 21st 9:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Saturday, Jan 22nd 9:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Sunday, Jan 23rd 9:00AM – 11:00AM

Grand Auction Saturday Evening, Jan 22nd 8:30PM – Closing

For more information, please visit the MLA website.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
WBUR offices - Commonwealth Avenue and St. Paul Street, Boston

Join us at the Ninth Annual Sustainable Business Network's Holiday Party at WBUR on Tuesday evening December 7th, 7PM - 9PM.

WBUR host of Here and Now, Robin Young, will interview Pulitzer Prize winner Sacha Pfeiffer. This continues the tradition of Robin interviewing NPR personalities and leaders such as Tom Ashbrook, Click and Clack, and WBUR General Manager Paul LaCamera.

Sacha Pfeiffer is currently the host of Radio Boston, WBUR's hour-long weekday show highlighting interesting people, places and issues in Boston and beyond, while its regular host is on maternity leave. Pfeiffer joined WBUR in 2008 after more than a decade as a reporter for the Boston Globe, where she was on the Spotlight investigative team that won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its stories on sex abuse in the Catholic church. At WBUR, she is also an on-air reporter covering health, science, medicine and the environment, and she has received an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Associated Press Award for broadcast reporting.

The theme of this years party and auction is A Celebration of All Things Local- local food, local drinks, local radio, local businesses and local auction items!(Details of auction items and online auction to follow shortly.)

Don't miss this fun celebration bringing together the local community
•    7:00PM - 9:00PM
•    WBUR Offices (Commonwealth Avenue and St. Paul Street, Boston)
•    Featuring Sacha Pfeiffer, interviewed by Robin Young
•    Silent and Live Auction of local products and services
•    Local refreshments and local drinks provided

To purchase tickets please click on the following links:

$50 per person

$75 per couple

Monday, December 6, 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
MIT's Stratton Student Center; Cambridge, MA: 84 Massachusetts. Ave. (Bldg. W20)--Lobdell Dining Hall 2nd Floor

Cape Ann Fresh Catch, along with the Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association, Turner's Seafood, MIT SeaGrant, and the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) are bringing together an evening of community building and education at the Lobdell Dining Hall on the MIT campus between 7–9pm Monday December 6th, 2010.

We'll be having cooking and filleting demonstrations, tastings, and a slide show. Because there will be food involved, it'd be helpful to know how many plan to attend. Please RSVP to events@capeannfreshcatch.org by Nov. 30th and let us how many in your group will be there.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 6:29pm - 8:30pm
Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church 280 Ocean House Rd., Cape Elizabeth

You and members of your congregation are invited to attend a four-week program of study and reflection on the issue of ocean changes and fishing as the nexus of environmental and economic justice. The program, developed by the Maine Council of Churches, will feature films and speakers, background readings, and opportunities for personal and spiritual reflection and action. Please join us for the entire program or for any one session that is of particular interest. For more information, please call Rev. Ruth Morrison at 799-8396.

o Oct. 27th The first session will begin with an 80-minute screening of the critically acclaimed film A Sea Change. The film captures the journey of retired history teacher Sven Huseby, who travels around the world to speak with marine biologists, oceanographers, fishermen, artists, and climatologists about the impacts of a changing ocean chemistry on the fish that more than one billion people rely on for sustenance, and how this threat to the marine food web may affect his young grandson’s future. Participants will leave with reflection questions and optional reading. (This evening’s program will be 2 hours to allow time to screen the film and include discussion and reflection.)

o Nov. 3rd –Marine Science Professor Mark Green, PhD, St .Joseph’s College, will present his research on ocean acidification and its effects on Maine shellfish and lead a Q & A about the changing ocean after screening the 20-minute Natural Resources Defense Council film Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification. There will be an opportunity for small group discussion and reflection as well. Optional reading for Session 3 will be distributed.

o Nov. 10th – Tonight’s program will begin with Fishing Voices: Insight into the Future, a short film presentation produced by the Penobscot East Resource Center (PERC). The film focuses on Downeast fishermen, their families and their communities, and examines local fishing practices both past and future as Maine fishermen work with scientists and marine regulators to implement community-based fishing management for sustainable fisheries. Staff from the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance will present a short overview of Maine fish stock and management issues and lead a Q & A session.

o Nov. 17th – Focused on building local markets for sustainably harvested local seafood, this session features the Maine Council of Churches’ film A Leap of Faith. Members of First Universalist Church in Rockland and a Port Clyde fisherman share the story of their covenantal relationship that was the foundation for Maine’s first community-supported fishery (CSF). With local fishermen in attendance we will explore interest and opportunities for CSFs or other strategies for direct marketing to consumers in the greater Cape Elizabeth area.

Friday, November 12, 2010 (All day) - Saturday, November 13, 2010 (All day)
Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, Albany, NY

 

NAMA will team up with the Eat Local Foods Coalition for an exciting workshop at the 'It Takes a Region'Conference in Albany, NY. Join us at the workshop to discuss innovative connections between our land and sea based food systems.

The workshop titled. "Who Fishes Matters: Building Innovative Connections Between our Land and Sea Based Food Systems" will highlight exciting local and regional seafood-focused marketing and policy efforts and how we can work from the same plate! 

Background Information for the Conference:

This conference takes on the Northeast region. By taking a regional approach, we can grow our thinking and our work to develop a truly sustainable and resilient food system. We can build upon our "thousand points of local" to achieve optimal scale, location, variety and supply for all communities and all supply chain participants.

This conference will build from last year while also embracing more folks, new examples and fresh ideas.

Come prepared to roll up your sleeves. We'll offer in-depth working sessions, provocative debates and hands-on exercises. We'll tackle important questions about regional food systems and how we can get there.

We'll draw upon the local and regional exciting efforts underway and emerging in our region and nationally, including alternative supply chain networks, research projects, infrastructure initiatives and policy advocacy.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 6:29pm - 8:30pm
Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church 280 Ocean House Rd., Cape Elizabeth

You and members of your congregation are invited to attend a four-week program of study and reflection on the issue of ocean changes and fishing as the nexus of environmental and economic justice. The program, developed by the Maine Council of Churches, will feature films and speakers, background readings, and opportunities for personal and spiritual reflection and action. Please join us for the entire program or for any one session that is of particular interest. For more information, please call Rev. Ruth Morrison at 799-8396.

o Oct. 27th The first session will begin with an 80-minute screening of the critically acclaimed film A Sea Change. The film captures the journey of retired history teacher Sven Huseby, who travels around the world to speak with marine biologists, oceanographers, fishermen, artists, and climatologists about the impacts of a changing ocean chemistry on the fish that more than one billion people rely on for sustenance, and how this threat to the marine food web may affect his young grandson’s future. Participants will leave with reflection questions and optional reading. (This evening’s program will be 2 hours to allow time to screen the film and include discussion and reflection.)

o Nov. 3rd –Marine Science Professor Mark Green, PhD, St .Joseph’s College, will present his research on ocean acidification and its effects on Maine shellfish and lead a Q & A about the changing ocean after screening the 20-minute Natural Resources Defense Council film Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification. There will be an opportunity for small group discussion and reflection as well. Optional reading for Session 3 will be distributed.

o Nov. 10th – Tonight’s program will begin with Fishing Voices: Insight into the Future, a short film presentation produced by the Penobscot East Resource Center (PERC). The film focuses on Downeast fishermen, their families and their communities, and examines local fishing practices both past and future as Maine fishermen work with scientists and marine regulators to implement community-based fishing management for sustainable fisheries. Staff from the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance will present a short overview of Maine fish stock and management issues and lead a Q & A session.

o Nov. 17th – Focused on building local markets for sustainably harvested local seafood, this session features the Maine Council of Churches’ film A Leap of Faith. Members of First Universalist Church in Rockland and a Port Clyde fisherman share the story of their covenantal relationship that was the foundation for Maine’s first community-supported fishery (CSF). With local fishermen in attendance we will explore interest and opportunities for CSFs or other strategies for direct marketing to consumers in the greater Cape Elizabeth area.

Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Jimmy's No. 43, 43 7th Street, New York City

Join NAMA's Brett Tolley who just came back from Slow Food's annual gathering in Torino, Italy for some stories about Terra Madre and the shaping of Slow Fish while tasting some good, hearty chowder.

$10 gets you in to taste all the chowder you want and vote on the best in show. Proceeds go to NAMA.

Thanks a million to Jimmy Carbone and his staff at Jimmy's No. 43!

 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Peace Center, Midcoast Meeting of Friends Belvedere Road, Damariscotta, ME

You and members of your congregation are invited to attend a five-week program of study and reflection on the issue of ocean changes and fishing as the nexus of environmental and economic justice. The program, developed by the Maine Council of Churches, will feature films and speakers, background readings, and opportunities for personal and spiritual reflection and action. The study will conclude with a community chowder supper on Sunday, November 21. Please join us for the entire program or for any one session that is of particular interest.

o Oct. 20th/Oct. 24th– The Peace Center will present two screenings of the critically acclaimed film A Sea Change. The film captures the journey of retired history teacher Sven Huseby, who travels around the world to speak with marine biologists, oceanographers, fishermen, artists, and climatologists about the impacts of a changing ocean chemistry on the fish that more than one billion people rely on for sustenance, and how this threat to the marine food web may affect his young grandson’s future. Participants will leave with reflection questions and optional reading.

o Oct. 27th–Bigelow Lab Senior Research Scientist Dr. Barney Balch will lead a discussion about ocean acidification after screening the 20-minute Natural Resources Defense Council film Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification. Besides his work on ocean acidification, Dr. Balch’s research includes biocalcification, bio-optics, ocean color algorithms for satellite remote sensing, and algal viruses. There will be an opportunity for small group discussion and reflection as well. Optional reading for Session 3 will be distributed.

o Nov. 3rd – The program will begin with Fishing Voices: Insight into the Future, a short film presentation produced by the Penobscot East Resource Center (PERC) The film focuses on Downeast fishermen, their families and their communities, and examines local fishing practices both past and future as Maine fishermen work with scientists and marine regulators to implement community-based fishing management for sustainable fisheries. Staff from the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance will present a short overview of Maine fish stock and management issues and lead a Q & A session.

o Nov. 10th – Members of First Universalist Church in Rockland that has formed a covenantal relationship with a local farm family and the Port Clyde fishing community as part of its local foods ministry, and local fishermen will share their experience in creating Maine’s first community-supported fishery (CSF). We will explore interest and opportunities for CSFs or other direct marketing to consumers in the greater Damariscotta area.

o Nov. 21st – Community Chowder Supper will follow a presentation, By Land and By Sea, that examines a growing movement linking farmers and fishermen around their common challenges as communities endeavor to build local foods systems and food security. Amanda Beal and Ellen Tyler, Tufts graduate students and local foods advocates, will share the outcome of this project in Maine. The supper will include seafood and sea vegetable chowders, breads and desserts, created from local foods. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

For more information please contact study facilitator Andy Burt at 882-6848.

Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 10:45am - 12:15pm
Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan - Ross W2760

Join us at this year's Net Impact Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan for a discussion on fisheries policies.

As global fish stocks and governmental control of fishery resources have declined in recent decades under neoliberalism, new forms of public-private partnerships have emerged to attempt to sustain fish stocks. Fishermen are voluntarily restricting access to fisheries, and NGO’s are partnering with private corporations and governments to create fishing reserves, sustainability certifications, and markets for fishing quotas. This panel will examine these new forms of governance from community-based to market-based conservation strategies and ask, can business save the global seafood trade?

  • Paul Foley, Doctoral Candidate, Political Science, York University
  • Karen Hebert, Assistant Professor of Environmental Anthropology, Yale University
  • Jaimy Norris, Sustainable Seafood Specialist, Ocean Conservancy
  • Boyce Thorne Miller, Science and Policy Coordinator, Northeast Atlantic Marine Alliance
  • Jennifer Lee Johnson, Doctoral Student, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources, and Host of “It’s Hot in Here” (moderator)

For more information, please visit conference website.

Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Broadway Brewery, Columbia, Missouri

The National Family Farm Coalition presents an evening discussion with NAMA's director, Niaz Dorry, in Columbia, Missouri.

WHAT:    Discussion - 'Who Fishes Matters'

WHEN:    Saturday, October 23, 4PM-6PM

WHERE:  Broadway Brewery (lower level between 8th and 9th Streets on Broadway, downtown Columbia, MO)

WHY:      To learn more about our current fish and seafood sources and the problems facing family-owned fisheries

Niaz Dorry, coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and advocate for policies promoting small-scale, local fisheries, will discuss, “Who Fishes Matters” at Broadway Brewery on Saturday, October 23.

Niaz will focus on the importance of new policies that advance the rights and ecological benefits of small-scale local, largely rural fishing communities and give more control to local fishermen. She will also draw comparisons with U.S. farm policies that have promoted large-scale factory farming, degrading our rural environments, economies and communities.

Prior to her position with NAMA she was with Greenpeace for 11 years and in Ohio for two years, fighting alongside her community against the WTI (Waste Technologies Industries) hazardous waste incinerator in East Liverpool. She has also worked with the Healthy Building Network, helping to rebuild communities in the Gulf region after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and is well aware of the problems facing rural communities through concentration, lost markets and diminished health care.

Happy hour will include $2.75 Broadway Brewery drafts and some delicious tasting plates, so bring your friends, family and students!

Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 22, 2010 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Zeiterion Theatre, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA

We're very glad to be taking part one of the satellite Bioneer events. We can share our work while keeping our carbon footprint small! So we hope you will join us for a discussion about the role of seafood in our local food system.

Join us and legendary shrimper and activist, Diane Wilson, and Massachusetts fishermen Ed Barrett and Shareen Davis.

Healthy Food Systems Without Seafood?

Featuring: Diane Wilson, Niaz Dorry, Ed Barrett and Shareen Davis


For too long, conversations about the general integrity, security, and quality of local, national and international food systems have left our marine-based foods off the menu. The omission of food sovereignty issues compromises communities’ access to and control over their own food supply, while also putting at risk the health of marine ecosystems from which too much is demanded, too much waste is permitted, and critical timing issues for extraction and consumption are not taken into account. This workshop discusses creative marketing and conservation strategies being undertaken by fishermen and fishing communities to ensure healthy fisheries, robust fishing communities and a wholesome food system.

For more information about Bioneers By The Bay Presented by the Marion Institute please visit their website.

Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 9:00am - Monday, October 25, 2010 - 10:00pm
Torino, Italy

 

NAMA AT TERRA MADRE: NAMA will be sending organizer Brett Tolley along with Rhode Island fisherman Lou Frattarelli to Torino, Italy for the 4th Annual Terra Madre Slow Food Conference. As part of a New England team of delegates Brett and Lou will discuss sustainable fisheries and innovative solutions for keeping small-scale sustainable food production alive and well. And also that Who Fishes Matters! Together with NAMA, representatives from the Eat Local Food Coalition of Maine as well as the Penobscot East Resource Center will attend. The team will be sharing lessons from New England as well as gathering stories and inspiration from other small-scale food providers around the world.  

ABOUT TERRA MADRE: Terra Madre brings together those players in the food chain who together support sustainable agriculture, fishing, and breeding with the goal of preserving taste and biodiversity. Terra Madre is an international conference that gathers sustainable food producers, farmers, cooks, educators and activists from around the world to connect and share their stories and traditions. Delegates come from over 150 countries.

The Salone del Gusto - the world's largest artisanal food marketplace - is held concurrently, in part for delegates to gain a deeper sense of how small-scale sustainable producers can market their products effectively.

CONFERENCE DETAILS: The program for the Terra Madre 2010 “Earth Workshops” is online and has a great interactive tool: online forums. You can access the schedule of Earth Workshops and links to the forums by clicking here.
This is your opportunity to help shape the content of the workshops at Terra Mare. You can post questions, answers, documents, or links to other sites. The more you get involved, the deeper the conversation will be able to go.
People will be participating in the forums in Italian, English, Spanish and French. A translation service is not available so please write as clearly and concisely as possible. Each forum has a moderator who handles it: they will coordinate discussion opening new topics and commenting.

Monday, October 18, 2010 - 9:00am - Friday, October 22, 2010 - 5:00pm
Bangkok, Thailand

The World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress (WSFC) is a scientific meeting that aims to address issues concerning small-scale fisheries around the world. Researchers, practitioners, policy makers, fishers, industries, community members, and other interested persons are invited to participate at the conference to discuss key issues and offer local and global solutions.

The congress will consist of panel presentations, speed and poster presentations and field excursions. It will be held at Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand on October 18-22, 2010. The WSFC will slightly overlap with the fifth Coastal Zone Asia-Pacific Conference (CZAP2010), a biennial conference on coastal related issues for the Asia-Pacific region. Registered participants to either conference are entitled to participate in both events.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 9:00am - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 5:00pm
New Orleans, LA

 

In New Orleans, food is used to make a cultural connection uniting urban farmers, food banks, fishers, faith-based organizations, and others as they work towards social justice. At Food, Culture, & Justice: The Gumbo That Unites Us All, you will have the opportunity to see first-hand the unique regional and multi-cultural approach to food organizing taking place in New Orleans.

Join NAMA on Sunday, October 17 for two presentations:

10:45 am – 12:15 pm for a workshop about Credit and Capital for a Just and Sustainable Food System

Workshop description: To create jobs and strengthen our food and local economy, farmers, fishers and workers must have fair access to capital, credit and disaster assistance. Session attendees will learn of the barriers food producers face in our financial infrastructure, including farmer access to agricultural land, fisherman’s access to fishing rights and the strategies necessary to redefine this infrastructure.

Workshop speakers include:

  • Lisa Griffith, NFFC
  • Scott Marlow, Rural Advancement Foundation International – USA
  • Bob St. Peter, Food for Maine’s Future
  • Hilde Steffey, Farm Aid
  • Ben Burkett, Mississippi Association of Cooperatives
  • Niaz Dorry, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

4:15 – 5:45 pm for a workshop on Confronting Corporate Power in the Food System: ¡Sí Se Puede!
 
There are over two million farmers and fishermen, 15 million food system workers, and 300 million eaters in the US. Standing between them are a handful of corporations who control how food gets from one side to the other. Learn from people working to change that equation, through organizing, education, and direct action.
 
Speakers:

  • Joel Greeno, National Family Farm Coalition
  • Darrin Browder and Derek Robinson, Restaurant Opportunities Center of New Orleans
  • Diana Robinson, United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 1500, NYC (unconfirmed)
  • Niaz Dorry, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
  • Karen Washington,  New York City Urban Farmer
    Facilitator: Kathy Ozer, National Family Farm Coalition

This is not a conference to just stay in the hotel and never go outside. We’re offering many opportunities for you to explore the area through longer lunch breaks, an off-site reception, cooking classes, walking tours, and numerous pre-conference field trips to destinations in New Orleans and throughout the Gulf Coast Region. But don’t worry–we’ll still have insightful plenaries and workshops to inspire and educate you about the best of the food security movement. Session topics will include rebuilding local food economies, ending poverty and increasing food access, outcomes of the US Social Forum, environmental justice, public health links, food policy councils, urban agriculture, and more.

We’re also providing ample opportunities for networking through topic-specific networking sessions, forums and CFSC committee meetings.

We hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
T-Wharf, Downtown Rockport, MA

Come to the season's last Seafood Throwdown at the Rockport Harvest Festival featuring Yankee Clipper Inn Vs. the Emerson Inn By-the-Sea. Heather Atwood, food reporter for the Gloucester Daily Times will emcee the event.

In addition to the Seafood Throwdown, the Fare will feature local food establishments, cooking deomonstrations and other food-related activities to please everyone's pallates.

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Love Auditorium, Levine Science Research Center, Duke University campus (West)

Local Fisheries Advocate Niaz Dorry to Speak at Duke on October 14

DURHAM, N.C. – Niaz Dorry, coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and a widely cited advocate for policies that promote small-scale, local fisheries, will give a free public talk, “Who Fishes Matters.”

In her talk, Dorry will explain why enacting and enforcing new policies that advance the rights and ecological benefits of small-scale local fishing communities, and give more control to local fishermen, is essential for protecting global marine biodiversity.

She will draw comparisons with U.S. farm policies, which, she says, have promoted the emergence of large-scale factory farming that is driving many family farmers out of business, degrading the environment, threatening the security of the nation’s land-based food systems, and sapping the vitality of farming communities.

The talk is sponsored by DukeFish, (www.dukefish.org), the graduate student chapter of the American Fisheries Society at Duke University, and by Walking Fish, (www.walking-fish.org), a community-supported fishery launched by DukeFish in cooperation with Carteret County, N.C., fishermen in 2009.

Free parking for Dorry’s talk will be available in the Lasalle Lot, located on Circuit Drive adjacent to LSRC.  A volunteer will be stationed at the lot’s gate between 6:30 and 7 p.m. to let visitors in.

For more information about the event, please visit Duke University's website.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Core Sound Waterfowl Museum, Harkers Island, North Carolina

Carteret Catch Fall Membership Meeting & Membership Drive covered dish event with guest speaker Niaz Dorry, the coordinating director of Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance from Gloucester, Massachusetts. She is an energetic advocate for promoting locally caught seafood and comes to share her vision of supporting, local, small-scale fishermen and fishing communities.

All are welcome.

For more information about Carteret Catch please visit www.carteretcatch.org.

Monday, October 11, 2010 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Town Library, Hatteras, North Carolina

Hatteras Island, North Carolina – Sustainable seafood guides and mobile apps leave many consumers still in a quandary about which seafood is the “right” choice.

“In fact, most of the current standards do not recognize the ecological value of locally caught seafood,” says Niaz Dorry, executive director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, a non-profit based in Gloucester, Massachusetts that works to improve marine resource management.

Dorry will talk about ways consumers can make informed seafood buying decisions that are good for local communities, local economies, and the environment at 6 p.m., Monday, October 11, 2010 at the Hatteras Village Community Building, located behind the library.

“When it comes to who should catch our seafood, a connection to coastal communities creates a much stronger sense of conservation and stewardship than a connection to Wall Street,” she says.

Dorry also will discuss local seafood initiatives, including community-supported fisheries programs and “seafood throwdown” cooking competitions, that have become popular in other areas.

“I can’t ignore the information that tells us there is a deep connection between healthy, viable fishing communities, healthy and diverse marine ecosystems, and the quality of the food we get from the sea,” Dorry says.

Hatteras Connection, a community-based development project, is helping organize Dorry’s visit to Hatteras Island and other NC coastal communities.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our island to learn more about successful initiatives in New England that might be adapted for use here,” says Susan West, Hatteras Connection coordinator.

Hatteras Connection is a community-based project dedicated to sustainable economic development and environmental stewardship, and committed to working to ensure a future for new generations of watermen on Hatteras Island.

Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 11:00am - 5:00pm
Fort Point Channel, Boston, MA

We are glad to have been part of the planning and thinking around the first ever Boston Local Food Festival whose mission is to 

  • Generate increased demand for local and sustainably produced food through education and promotion.
  • Support the growth and development of local farms and locally owned food-related businesses.
  • Increase the availability and access of healthy local food to urban communities.
  • Facilitate collaborations between local food farms, businesses, and public and non-profit organizations.
  • We believe when we talk about local food, it’s important that we not forget our local seafood. Through a collaboration with the Sustainable Business Network and others we are able to bring a whole host of seafood related activities to the Festival, including a Seafood Throwdown.

    Didi Emmons of Haley House Bakery Café in South Boston will face off against Jason Bond formerly of the Beacon Hill Bistro and No. 9 Park, who will soon be opening his own restaurant Bondir Restaurant in Cambridge. The competition will be judged by Edith Murnane, Director of Food Initiatives from Mayor Menino’s Office, Leigh Vincola from Edible Boston Magazine, Gina Nistico from America’s Test Kitchen and Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Mary Griffin. The emcee for the event will be Peter Van Ness of Legal Music.

    Chefs Emmons and Bond will educate and entertain festival-goers with their skills as they show how to work with whole, fresh, and very local seafood. Chefs can bring three of their favorite ingredients and once they discover the secret seafood they will be using, they get $25 and 15 minutes to shop the Boston Local Food Festival’s vendors for ingredients. After their shopping spree, they have one hour to cook and present their entry for the judge’s consideration. Public tastings will be available.

    In addition to the Seafood Throwdown, filleting and seafood cooking demonstrations will be held by the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, whose project Cape Ann Fresh Catch Community Supported Fishery has been supplying Boston area seafood lovers with locally caught seafood.

    Prepared seafood will be available through Turner’s Seafood, the Daily Catch and Port Clyde Fresh Catch. Raw seafood for purchase will be available from the Port Clyde Fresh Catch.

Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 6:30pm
Ashmont Grill, 555 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester, MA

For the second year, we are glad to take part in this benefit to support Boston's homeless men and women who are engaged in organic farming that provides fresh food to the Long Island Shelter, and local markets and restaurants.

This year we have once again teamed up with Cape Ann Fresh Catch Community Supported Fishery to provide seafood for this event. Join NAMA's director, Niaz Dorry, and others at this one of a kind event at Ashmont Grill.

Brought to you by Friends of Boston's Homeless.

Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 3 — Steamship Pier, New Bedford, Massachusetts

We're excited to take the Seafood Throwdown concept to the 2010 Working Waterfront Festival on Sunday, Sepmber 26, at 1PM. Chefs Henry Bousquet from the Ice Chest and Mike Melo of the M & C Café will compete to create a winning dish using a surprise seafood ingredient and local produce. Judging their creations will be Paula Marcoux, contributing writer for Edible Southshore, Bruce Newbury, host of Dining Out and The Tasting Room, and Charis Anderson, food writer for the New Bedford Standard Times.

Seafood Throwdowns provide an opportunity to learn more about our local seafood, local fishing fleet and fisheries related issues affecting our ocean, fishing economies and coastal food systems.  Chefs Bousquet and Melo will educate and entertain you with their skills as they demonstrate how to work with whole, fresh, and very local seafood. Chefs can bring three of their favorite ingredients and once they discover the secret seafood they will be using, they get $25 and 15 minutes to shop the Festival Farmers’ Market for ingredients.  After their shopping spree, they have one hour to cook and present their entry for the judge’s consideration. This is a free event, open to the public.  Tastings will be available for Festival attendees.

The event is a collaboration between the Working Waterfront Festival and Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance.  It promises to be a fun, educational and community-driven activity designed to link the importance of locally caught seafood to the health and resilience of our ocean.

The Working Waterfront Festival is a project of the Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern MA, a non-profit organization. The FREE festival, a family friendly, educational celebration of New England's commercial fishing industry, features live maritime and ethnic music, fishermen's contests, fresh seafood, vessel tours, author readings, cooking demonstrations, kid's activities and more.  It all takes place on working piers and waterfront parks in New Bedford, MA, America's #1 fishing port, on September 26 and 27, 2010.  Navigate to the Festival at www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org.

Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 11:00am - 5:00pm
Prescot Park, Portsmouth, NH

We're back for the second year for a Seafood Throwdown at the New Hampshire Fish & Lobster Festival, therewise known as the Fishtival, this event debuted in 2009 and is a special collaboration between a variety of community organizations to support the local fishing industry. This year's Seafood Throwdown at the Fishtival is happening with support from Portsmouth Farmers' Market.

Participating in this year's Seafood Throwdown will be returning winner Alec Maxon, a chef and commercial fisherman vs. Susan Tuveson of Cacao Chocolates in Kittery. Will we have some chocolate covered seafood? Hmmm...

The emcee for the event will be Evan Mallet, chef and owner of Black Trumpet Bistro in Portsmouth. Judging the Seafood Throwdown will be John Borden, a commercial fisherman, Tom Ferrini, Mayor of Portsmouth, and cookbook author Jean Kerr.

The secret seafood will be revealed to the chefs at 11:20. They will then be driven to the Portsmouth Farmers' Market to shop for their ingredients. The cooking will begin at noon when the chefs retrun from their shopping spree.

Join us again this year for a Seafood Throwdown during this day long event. More details coming soon, so check back to find out who the chefs, judges and others involved will be.

For more information on the Fishtival, please visit their website.

Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 10:00am - Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 5:00pm
Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 3 — Steamship Pier, New Bedford, Massachusetts

All in One Boat: the Cultural Mosaic of New England's Working Ports

Join us in New Bedford for three days of celebrating the ocean and the fishing communities it sustains. Visit our booth and check out the Seafood Throwdown on Sunday.

For more information, visit the Festival website.

Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Allandale Farm, Brookline, MA

Come celebrate the tail end of summer with Slow Food Boston -- and help us raise money for our Terra Madre scholarship fund at the same time! Terra Madre is a bi-annual international gathering of the world's food communities in Turino Italy. Participants must be delegated and then complete an extensive application in order to attend. We have a number of lucky locals (including NAMA's Brett Tolley, Rhode Island fisherman Lou Frattarelli and Allandale Farm's Jim Buckle and Wendy Mainardi) that have been accepted -- and Slow Food Boston is promising to help pay for transportation costs.

In order to help them do so, they're planning a group potluck picnic at the lovely Allandale Farm in Brookline on Sunday, September 19th from 10AM to noon. The theme? In honor of Terra Madre, it's ITALY! So, think frittatas or other egg dishes, marinated vegetable salads, sliced tomatoes & mozzarella, luscious bread and cheeses, cured meats or late summer fruit salads.

And for the bakers out there, they'll be having a dessert contest! Specifically, crostatas, pies or tarts made from fruits of the season. Since the last one was such fun, they decided to just had to do it again! (And maybe the first winner Elizabeth Dayton will return to try to hold on to her crown...??) Finally, to round out the morning, the good folks at Allandale will be offering hayrides, introducing their chickens (wait till you check out the exotics!) and giving a brief talk on raising backyard chickens.

They'll be providing coffee, tea, water and paper products, but please plan to bring your own plates, utensils and mugs - it is much appreciated by Mother Nature. And don't forget your picnic blanket, too!

Cost for the morning's fun is only $10 per person. Please reserve your space in advance and complete payment via Paypal or by sending a check prior to the event. And MOST importantly, please email Annette telling her what you'll be bringing. We want to be sure that the spread is as diverse as it is delicious!

Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Rogers Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts

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 Chase 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.

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.

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.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Hanover, New Hampshire

Seafood Throwdown goes inland! To the border of Vermont & New Hampshire on the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. Join us as we partner with the Yankee Fishermen's Co-operative and New Hampshire Sea Grant.

Details about chefs, judges and emcee will be coming soon, so keep checking this site.

Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Fort Hills, Roxbury, Massachusetts

We'll once again join the Sustainable Business Network's for the next ALLocal event which will be a family style picnic with Garden Girl Patti Moreno at her home in Fort Hills, Roxbury on Saturday, August 21, from 2-5pm.

This is an opportunity to meet local people and learn about local food and sustainable business efforts in Roxbury. This event will be a very special summer afternoon at the home and gardens of Patti Moreno of Garden Girl TV. Enjoy a $35 family style picnic in Roxbury with fresh ingredients harvested from Patti's own gardens. Children under 10 are welcome for $10.

Patti has collaborated with the enterprising start-up pasta company, Nella Pasta to offer fresh pasta made with herbs picked from her garden and local grain sourced from Massachusetts grain farmer, Four Star Farms. Nella Pasta owners Rachel Marshall and Leigh Foster met Liz Potter of Four Star Farms at SBN's Buy Local Trade show in July. Don Otto's of the South End will be providing homemade local sausages for the grill. Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance will source fresh and sustainably caught local Bluefish to accompany the grill. City Growers will also supply local produce harvested in Dorchester and Mattapan to complement the fresh pick from Patti's garden. From these connections, all entrepreneurs are able to prove that they can work together to build a sustainable local economy.

The ALLocal Dinner with Boston's own Garden Girl is expected to sell out as with all other ALLocal Dinners. For more information, go to http://bostonlocalfoodfestival.com/festivities/dinner-with-garden-girl/ where you can register.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Gloucester, Massachusetts

These chefs can't get enough of the Seafood Throwdown! Returning for the third time, Lisa Van Sand will once again take on another chef and a mystery seafood. This time she's going up against her friend Chef Jessica O'Leary of Atlantis Oceanfront Inn. Jessica was Lisa's seus chef at last year's Seafood Throwdown.

With the harvest season in full force, the chefs will have more to choose from as they pick the farmers market for local produce and foods to complement the mystery local seafood they'll be cooking with.

As always, lots of fun as we talk about what it means to have our fish and eat it too, without putting undue pressure on the ocean and marine ecosystem while keeping our fishing communities and their economies healthy. It's not either or.

Judges will include our old friend Hallie Baker of Turtle Alley Chocolates.  More to come.

Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
West Tisbury Farmers Market

Our first Second Seafood Throwdown on Martha's Vineyard!

We have a chance to talk about sustainable fisheries, marine conservation and traditional fishing communities to Island visitors smack in the middle of the busy summer season. 

Join us for an exciting event featuring Chef Johnny Graham of Home Port Restaurant in Menemsha and Chef Kyle Garrell, Sidecar Cafe at the West Tisbury Farmers Market. Judging the event will be Tina Miller, Chef & Author of Vineyard Harvest - a year of good food on Martha's Vineyard; Katherine Long of Up Island Eggs, and Martha's Vineyard Time's writer Eleni Collins.  The event will be emceed by Warren Doty of Martha’s Vineyard/Dukes County Fishermen’s Association.

Sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard/Dukes County Fishermen’s Association, West Tisbury Farmers Market and Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance.

Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Main Street, Gloucester, MA

Seafood is part of this town's economy, so it makes sense that a Seafood Throwdown be part of the Sidewalk Days that features the local, Main Street economy of Gloucester. Come see Intershell's chefs cook off against Latitude 43 chef!

This Seafood Throwdown is co-sponsored by the Gloucester Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Retailers.

Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Gloucester, MA

As places of healing, hospitals have a natural incentive, and an obligation, to serve food that’s healthy for people and the environment in which we live. During this day long gathering, hospital executives in charge of food procurement will be spending the day in Gloucester to hear about our work, our definition of sustainability, meet local fishermen, learn about seafood chain of custody, take a tour of the harbor on local fishing boats and leave having the tools to make good seafood decisions.

This is an invitation only event organized by Health Care Without Harm's New England Healthy Food in Healthcare initiative in partnership with Gloucester fishermen, the Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association, Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership and the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance.

Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 10:00am - 3:00pm
558 Sutherland Pond Rd, Sabattus ME

We are a small diversified farm & fishery that harvests Atlantic Sea Scallops, Maine Lobster, pure Maine maple syrup, raw Maine honey, organically grown edible flowers, herbs, vegetables, field grown perennials & cut flowers. We use ecologically safe practices & organic methods in the management of our resources. We strive to educate the public about the importance of locally grown food and harvesting sustainable resources. Educational tours & activities included for children & adults: lobster display & buoy toss, maple displays, syrup samples & sap races, edible flower wild crafting display, weed identification, planting table, intercropping display, beekeeping & green manures demonstrations. Farm is accessible to the handicapped, capable of handling bus or group tours.

Take Rt 9 to Cross Roads in Sabattus. We are the Red farm & cape at the end of Cross Roads and junction of Sutherland Pond Road.

Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Marblehead Farmer's Market Veteran's School Pleasant St. Marblehead

 Marblehead Chefs Square Off in Seafood Throwdown Cooking Competition at the Farmers Market

Marblehead , MA –
Chefs from two of Marblehead’s newest restaurants square off in a cooking competition at the Marblehead Farmers Market July 24, 2010 from 10-12AM.  The Chefs, Barry Edelman from Five Corner’s Kitchen and Paul Riccardi (Executive Chef) and Jake Soucy (Sous Chef) from Ataraxis Tavern will each cook a dish featuring a mystery local seafood and ingredients from the Farmer’s Market. The event will be judged by Marblehead’s queen of all things culinary, Rosalie Harrington, Leigh Vincola, Director of Marketing at Edible Boston Magazine as well as judged and emceed by Rosalie’s husband and morning radio host on WRKO Todd Feinburg.

The Marblehead Farmer's Market is held at the Marblhead Veteran's School, located at 217 Pleasant Street.

Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
688 Columbia Road, Dorchester Center, Massachusetts

The Local Food Committee of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) invites you to our Sixth ALLocal Dinner at Boston's latest restaurant to source local food: Restaurant Laura


Join NAMA and SBN for a special evening featuring a traditional Cape Verdean four course dinner
for $45. Fishermen working with NAMA will be providing the local seafood for the night's menu.

Cape Verdean cuisine depends upon fresh ingredients sourced locally and enhanced with Cape Verdean wine, rum and other drink specialties. For those interested, during the bar time from 6 - 7 pm, there will be a tour of the owner's wine cellar, one of the best sources for Cape Verdean wines and spirits in Boston. Live Cape Verdean and Jazz music will enhance the ambiance during the dinner.

Arlindo and Laura Correia are co-owners of Restaurant Laura and Cape Verdean Liquors next door. Laura has combined her cooking experience from one of the world's top hotel restaurants with her understanding and love of Cape Verdean cuisine, a blend of Portugese and African flavors, herbs, sauces, vegetables, fruits, seafood and meat. Arlindo brings his knowledge of wines and spirits, his love of jazz and Cape Verdean music and his devotion to local community and friends.This promises to be a very special evening.

During the four course meal, Arlindo & Laura will share their Cape Verdean dining with us. Bar with Cape Verdean wine, other spirits and wine cellar tour.  Prepared with 100% New England grown and processed food.

Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Rogers Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts

Seafood Throwdowns were born at the Cape Ann Farmers Market two summers ago. This year, Seafood Throwdowns are back at the Farmers Market's new location on Rogers Street.

Seafood Throwdown season returns to Gloucester this Thursday, July 15 starting at 4 p.m. at the Cape Ann Farmers' Market new location on Rogers St. The reigning queen of the Throwdowns, Missy Hart and her Team Sugar Magnolias will once again defend her Throwdown title against Ryan Cox's team from the Farm Bar and Grille in Essex. While new to the Seafood Throwdown, Ryan's team is no stranger to competition and innovation as seen in their most recent event "The Farm at Sea" which was held on a boat.

Seafood Throwdowns are an opportunity learn more about our local seafood, local fishing fleet and fisheries related issues affecting our ocean, fishing economies and coastal food systems.  Chefs Hart and Cox will educate and entertain you with their skills as they show how to work with whole, fresh, and very local seafood. Chefs can bring three of their favorite ingredients and once they discover the secret seafood they will be using, they get $25 and 15 minutes to shop the Farmers’ Market for ingredients.  After their shopping spree, they have one hour to cook and present their entry for the judge’s consideration. This is a free event, open
to the public.  Tastings will be available for farmer’s market shoppers.

The event is a collaboration between the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, Cape Ann Farmers Market, Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association and the Cape Ann Fresh Catch Community Supported Fishery (CSF).  It promises to be a fun, educational and community-driven activity designed to link the importance of locally caught seafood to the health and resilience of our ocean.

See you there!

Download the press release by clicking on this link.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 (All day) - Saturday, June 26, 2010 (All day)
Cobo Hall and Hart Plaza, Detroit, MI

Another World is Possible!

NAMA has teamed up with the National Family Farm Coalition to put together two panels discussing strategies for redirecting funds, socially responsible investments and credit to ensure that family farmers and community based fishers do not go out of business as the recession in our rural communities deepen.  Two 2 hour panels to beheld at Cobo Hall: O2-40 on Wednesday, June 23rd starting at 1 p.m. The discussion are broken up with a 20-minute break to enjoy the harvests of our farmer and fisher leaders:

Representatives from farmer, fisher and consumer groups will discuss the strategies available for redirecting credit to ensure that farmers and fishers are not forced out of business as the recession in our rural communities deepen. In order to retain a domestic food economy, farmers, fishers and workers must receive fair prices and fair terms for borrowing necessary capital/credit. A panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

1. How Does the Concentration and Control of Capital and Subsidized Loans to Corporate Agribusiness and Aquabusiness Threaten Our Food System? What are the strategies to redirect credit to ensure that farmers and fishers are not forced out of business as the recession in our rural communities deepen?

In order to retain a domestic food economy, farmers, fishers and workers must receive fair prices and fair terms for borrowing necessary capital and credit.

20-minute break to enjoy the harvests of our farmer and fisher leaders

2. A Three-Pronged Approach To Fighting Concentration in Fishing and Farming. This includes:

  • debunking the myths of efficiency;
  • uplifting successful locally based, grassroots models including CSAs/CSFs, cooperatives, farmers markets, local processing plants and community gardens; and,
  • strengthening antitrust laws and their enforcement; emphasize the importance of ensuring fair access to credit, capital, crop insurance and disaster assistance as discussed in session 1.

Other workshops and community art and culture programs will take place across the city. The USSF will convene social movements from across the United States and globally. Organizers are reaching out to young people, people of color, unionists, laid off and unorganized workers, welfare recipients, veterans, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, freedom fighters, collectives, and many others. For more information, visit their website.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 9:00am - Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 5:00pm
Atlantic City, NJ

Local Food Markets is a high-visibility issue area distinguished by a number of economic and marketing questions that demand research-based answers. Descriptive and quantitative analyses of local food systems are lacking despite the explosion of popular interest among farmers, consumers, retailers, and policy makers. Local food systems are characterized by direct marketing from farmers to consumers as well as expanding derived demand in the food service and retailing sectors for foods of local or regional origin. Most sources define “local” as food grown within 100 to 300 miles of the consumption point or within state boundaries, but even this definition is based more on geography and infrastructure than economics.

For more information about the conference, visit the NAREA website.

Saturday, June 12, 2010 (All day) - Sunday, June 13, 2010 (All day)
Hyannis, MA

Come and visit NAMA's booth at the Cape Cod Maritime Festival to be held on the museum grounds at the historic Hyannis, MA waterfront. Learn more about local Community Supported Fisheries and find opportunities for you and your community to get involved!

 

The Cape Cod Maritime Festival: 

The Cape Cod Maritime Festival held on the Museum grounds and the Hyannis waterfront celebrates the rich 

nautical history, and life on and near the sea.  

• The Museum’s own 1886Crosby catboat replica, Sarah, is available for exhibition and harbor rides. 

• Exciting ongoing exhibits, children’s programs, and special rotating exhibits take place in the museum. 

• Tall ships, boat builders, nautical craft demonstrations, local artists, environmental and educational 

activities, historical exhibits, children’s activities, musical performers, pirates and - of course – local 

seafood, surround the museum encompassing the Hyannis waterfront. 

• Events are among the most successful tools available to increase tourism. It is our goal to work with 

the business community to make the Cape Cod Maritime Festival a destination which will bring visitors 

and their friends and families back year after year. 

• Association with a positive cause. Audiences are likely to maintain a loyalty to sponsors they see 

contribute to their community or cause.  In addition to the obvious visitor appeal a Maritime Museum 

brings to our region we are becoming more and more an important community resource. Your 

sponsorship will not only defray the cost of the festival but will directly benefit the museums expansion, 

educational and outreach programs, and exhibits.  

• Brand Visibility. Our promotional campaign will consist of regional print advertising and listings in 

periodicals, daily and weekly publications. Promotion online, and on the radio will consist of calendar 

and events listings, in collaboration with our business and cultural partners. Banners, posters, and flyers 

will be well placed and direct mailed. Our Event Guide will be distributed prior to and during the event. 

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 (All day) - Thursday, June 10, 2010 (All day)
New Bedford, MA

Join NAMA at the Commercial Marine Expo to be held in New Bedford, MA on June 9 from 3:45-5pm. We'll be on a panel to discuss Community Supported Fisheries and highlight what our region is doing to support locally harvested fish.

The venerable Fish Expo Atlantic (FEA) trade show has been renamed Commercial Marine Expo and is relocating State Pier in the heart of New Bedford's historic working waterfront. The 2010 show will be held June 9-10.

"We listened to the industry," reports Ted Hugger, show director. "In 2008, we successfully broadened the scope of the show to embrace all commercial marine businesses; our new name more accurately reflects the direction our exhibitors and attendees want us to take the show." Commercial fishing and fish processing will continue to play a major role in the show, as will tug and barge operations, fire, police and harbor security, military, ferry, freight and port operations.

"The New Bedford State Pier is an ideal location that will allow us to reduce costs to exhibitors, provide a more vibrant event, and set the stage for growth as we expand the offerings of the show," Hugger continues. New Bedford is the number one fishing port in the U.S. in terms of value of catch, with more than 500 commercial vessels based there. In 2008, 65.5 million pounds of fish were landed with a value of $280 million. In addition, the port handled $70 million of commercial cargo, more than 91,000 ferry passengers, 16 ports-of-call for cruise ships, four barge operations, plus a host of harbor, port, and security operations supporting more than 200 local businesses and 4,900 jobs.

Commercial Marine Expo, incorporating Fish Expo Atlantic, is sponsored by National Fisherman magazine. For additional information on exhibiting at CME 2010, contact Karen Kelly at 978-263-1334 or by Email.

Saturday, June 5, 2010 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Union Square Farmers Market

Our first Seafood Throwdown in New York City!  And, we are excited to have Chef Teresa Montano of Colors Restaurant in New York City face off against members of the artist collective Spurse, in a heart-pounding race to transform a secret locally caught seafood, combined with whatever they choose from the farmers market vendors, into culinary delights. The seafood is revealed to the competitors only moments before the competition begins, and then it’s a contest of speed and creativity. Judging this spectacular competition will be Food Network Sous Chef Miriam Garron and Food Network Magazine Recipe Developer, Claudia Sidoti, Greenmarket/GrowNYC's Executive Director, Marcel VanOoyen, and Long Island fisherman Phil Karlin with restaurant owner Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy’s No. 43 giving the play-by-play of the entire event. 

This Seafood Throwdown is a little different as it kicks off a two-year tour of public events for Spurse's mobile installations, collectively called OCEA(n): Ocean Commons Entanglement Apparatus (in the absence of the concept of 'Nature'), which is on display at the Kitchen as part of Whitney Museum of Art's Independent Studies Program.  OCEA(n) designed to introduce people to the complexities of gathering and at the same time protecting living resources of the sea.  Inspired by NAMA’s book Sharing The Ocean, this installation is intended to enable educational events such as “Seafood Throwdowns” through its innovative design capable of staging a wide range of unexpected encounters. During its journey along the Northwest Atlantic coastline, OCEA(n) will wander across various geographic, ecological and institutional boundaries to revisit contemporary ideas about cultural-natural world relationships.

For this event, OCEA(n) will be moved from the exhibit hall and installed at the market as the provisional kitchen. Chefs will be assigned a team of young art patrons participating in Whitney’s Family Program to aid them in shopping and preparation. Each chef will be allowed to bring three of his/her favorite ingredients to the market.  After they discover their secret seafood, each team will get $100 to spend at the farmers market in a 20-minute shopping frenzy. The teams will then have an hour to cook and plate their creations for the judges.  Public tastings will be available.

The event is a collaboration between Spurse, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA), GrowNYC/Greenmarkets and Whitney Museum of American Art.  It promises to be a fun, educational and community-driven activity designed to link the importance of locally caught seafood to the health and resilience of our ocean: Know your seafood; know your local fishermen; and know your local fishery ecosystem and how it fares!

Download the press release for more information.

Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA

Connecting Our Local Economy

"Building New Networks"

You are invited to join local business leaders from throughout Greater Boston for SBN's Annual Conference on Sustainable Business.

This year's conference will focus on:

  • Transforming our local food economy
  • Greening local businesses and reducing our carbon footprint
  • Growing and sustaining local businesses and building local entrepreneurship

Keynote Speakers:

  • Woody Tasch, Chairman and President of Slow Money
  • Robert Glassman, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Wainwright Bank & Trust Co.

Join NAMA for a panel on "Growing a Strong Local and Regional Food System"

The SBN Local Food Committee was formed a little over a year ago, and in this short time has accomplished much. SBN has received $44,000 in grants from the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Resources. There have been five sold out ALLocal Dinners with over 350  people and the committee is well along it's way to planning the first Boston Local Food Festival on October 2, 2010. This workshop will share the exciting growth of the network of business leaders committed to growing a local food system and it will be an opportunity to brainstorm new ways of growing our local food system.

Moderator: Fan Watkinson, Local Food Committee Director

Panelists:

  • Elizabeth Kennedy, Chefs Collaborative
  • JD Kemp, Organic Renaissance
  • Niaz Dorry, NAMA
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 (All day) - Friday, June 4, 2010 (All day)
Quebec City, Canada

The objective of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) is to contribute, through consultation and cooperation, to the conservation, restoration, enhancement and rational management of salmon stocks subject to the Convention taking into account the best scientific evidence available to it. The Convention applies to the salmon stocks that migrate beyond areas of fisheries jurisdiction of coastal nations of the Atlantic Ocean north of 36°N throughout their migratory range.

Only Governments are members of NASCO, which has seven Parties: Canada, Denmark (in respect of the Faroe Islands & Greenland), the European Union, Norway, the Russian Federation and the United States of America. Iceland withdrew from NASCO with effect from 31 December 2009 because of financial considerations, but has indicated that it intends to re-accede to the Convention when the economic situation improves. NASCO also has 34 accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs), who are permitted to observe proceedings and present positions as a single body at NASCO meetings. NAMA is one of the accredited organizations, and Science and Policy Coordinator, Boyce Thorne-Miller represents us at annual meetings. This year she also served as the North American NGO representative on a review panel charged with commenting on member governments' reports summarizing their respective accomplishments with respect to minimizing impacts on wild salmon by salmon aquaculture, introductions and transfers.

The Twenty-Seventh (2010) Annual Meeting of NASCO will be held in Québec City, Canada, 1 - 4 June 2010. The meeting is open to representatives of all NASCO Parties, Governments who are not Parties to the Convention, IGOs (International Governmental Organizations), and accredited NGOs. Boyce will attend this meeting and will participate in the Special Session on Aquaculture, Introductions and Transfers, during which she and other members of the review group will present their findings.

More information about the organization and the meeting can be found at the NASCO website www.nasco.int and official papers for the meeting can be viewed at the following web address: http://www.nasco.int/2010councildocs.html .

The Atlantic Salmon, Salmo salar, is listed as endangered in the US where only a few river runs in Maine are still found. Our neighbor Canada has many more salmon and a more active aquaculture industry, although the US industry is building. Salmon aquaculture poses serious threats to wild Atlantic salmon, primarily through escapes that lead to interbreeding between farmed and wild salmon and the spread of diseases, especially parasitic sea lice, between farmed and wild salmon.

For more information about Atlantic salmon, see the NASCO website and the website for our fellow North American NGO, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, www.asf.ca . And look for additional information and NASCO meeting outcomes on this websit in the future.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Island Merchant Restaurant, Hyannis, MA

NAMA along with Green Drinks and the Island Merchant restaurant are hosting another All Local Fish Dinner.  Click HERE to read about our first All Local Fish Dinner.  

Come to the Island Merchant, where we’ll be bringing together local fishermen and fisherwoman with members of the community to talk fish. 

Learn why some of our local fishermen fish, what inspires them, what fishing means to them and their families, and how they are working to make sure they leave only small foot prints on the ocean. 

On the menu for the 26th will be locally and sustainably caught (by our attending fisher people) Monkfish, calamari, squid and possibly oysters and lobster. 

Mmmm, mmm, mmm!

A portion of money made at Island Merchant will go to benefit Women of Fishing Families.

There will also be CSF sign ups for those of you wanting to get fresh fish on a regular basis.

Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Chatham, Massachusetts

Chatham Fish Pier
9:30 a.m. BLESSING OF THE FLEET - A celebration, and blessing, of Chatham’s local fishing fleet.

Chatham Community Center
12:00 p.m. MARITIME FESTIVAL BEGINS - Explore the Row of Resources, dig into some food from George's Fish Market, Red Nun Bar & Grill, Harmon's Clam Cakes & more, and check out the kids' area, which includes a Moonbounce, face painters, jugglers, Roaming Railroad rides & balloon animals!

1-2:00 p.m. WALLY the GREEN MONSTER from FENWAY PARK!

2:30-5:00 p.m. FISHERMEN’S OLYMPICS
Watch as the fishermen compete in the fast paced (often hilarious) Fishermen’s Olympics as they show off their fishing skills against one another! There will be rope coiling, shucking, survival suit competition, and even some sumo wrestling – you will not want to miss this!

5-7:00 p.m. THE TOTAL STRANGERS
Grab a Cape Cod beer and join us for music and dancing under the tent with the local, fun-loving band The Total Strangers! Hunky and friends are sure to end the evening with some great music and lots of energy!

For more information, visit their website.

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Friday, May 21, 2010 - 9:00am - Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 5:00pm
Charlotte, South Carolina
Monday, May 17, 2010 (All day) - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 (All day)
Detroit, MI

Join us in Detroit for a panel discussion at this year's conference focused on adding seafood to the cafetaria menu.

Bringing Local Foods to Schools, By Land and By Sea

Amanda Beal, Cultivating Community / Maine Eat Local Foods Coalition
Brett Tolley, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
Jessica Libby, Port Clyde Fresh Catch
Amy Winston, National Farm to School Network

By introducing a series of innovative projects currently underway
in New England, presenters will illustrate and lead discussion on how
the Farm to School movement can be strengthened by building alliances
between farming and fishing communities; thus, providing youth in
coastal communities fresh local foods from both land and sea.

Farm to Cafeteria programs are taking root in schools, hospitals colleges, day cares and other institutions. Come to Detroit for the 5th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference to learn how you can start and scale up a program in your community. Check out their website for updates.

Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
English High Auditorium, Entrance on Williams Street

Come hear local food economy leaders talk about the issues of raising and bringing high quality food to market. Learn how these issues affect farmers, producers, merchants; while learning more about the produce, seafood, beef and poultry that is raised right here in New England.

Panelists:

  • David Warner: Co-Owner of City Feed and Supply
  • Jim Buckle: Farmer, Allandale Farms
  • Niaz Dorry: Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
  • Jamey Lionette: Former owner of Lionette's Market & Current organizer of The Boston Local Food Festival
  • Ridge Shin: Hardwick Beef

Moderated by: Ilene Belahzar: Edible Boston Editor/Publisher

Presented by: City Feed and Supply & Edible Boston

Discussion is sure to be lively & Enlightening. For more information e-mail community.cityfeed@gmail.com

Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
English High Auditorium, entrance on Williams Street

Come hear community food industry leaders talk about the issues of raising and bringing high quality food to market and learn how they affect farmers, producers, merchants; and learn more about the produce, seafood, beef and poultry that is raised here.

Panelists:

David Warner, City Feed and Supply
John Lee, General Manager and Jim Buckle, Farmer, from Allandale Farms
Niaz Dorry, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
Jamie Lionette, Owner of (formerly) Lionette's Market
Ridge Shin, Hardwick Beef

Moderated by Ilene Belahzar, Edible Boston Editor/Publisher

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Ashmont Grill, Dorchester, MA

Another in a series of all local dinners sponsored by the New England Sustainable Business Network.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 (All day) - Thursday, May 6, 2010 (All day)
Washington, DC

Transforming Ideas into Action
The 2010 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference will bring together thousands of community and business leaders, union members, environmentalists and elected officials to transform our ideas into action and to build a new, green economy that creates good jobs, reduces global warming and makes America more energy independent.

Mark the date and plan to join us for three days of keynote addresses, informational workshops and this year’s Green Jobs Expo.

Monday, May 3, 2010 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Gloucester, MA
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 6:30pm - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 8:00pm
Various locations

We're very proud of working with the Maine Council of Churches on their Fishes and Loaves project, a study and reflection about how our oceans and fishing communities are being affected by environmental changes.

Starting April 28 and through the month of May, congregations in Kennebunk and Bar Harbor will engage in a month long study of the ocean and the activities that affect its health.

Details for Bar Harbor events:

Wednesdays, April 28 – May 19 6:30-8pm

St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church

41 Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

April 28 & May 5: Award-winning Film “A Sea Change” (shown over two weeks with discussions each week)

May 12: Film “Fishing Voices” /Speaker: Robin Alden, Executive Director, Penobscot East Resource Center, focusing on stewardship of the resource and challenges for Maine fishermen in today’s market.

May 19: Film “A Leap of Faith”/Speaker: Aaron Dority, manager for the Downeast Sentinel Fishery Project, focusing on creating balanced supply and demand for local seafood and community-supported fisheries for the greater Bar Harbor area

Details for Kennebunk events:

Wednesdays, April 28 – May 26 6:30-8pm

St. David’s Episcopal Church

138 York Street (Rte 1 South), Kennebunk, Maine

April 28 & May 5: Award-winning Film “A Sea Change” (shown over two weeks with discussion each week)

May 12: Film “Fishing Voices” /Speaker: Niaz Dorry, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance Director, focusing on stewardship of the resource and challenges for Maine fishermen in today’s market

May 19: Film “A Leap of Faith”/Speaker: Brett Tolley, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance community organizer, focusing on community-supported fisheries in Maine and the potential for a CSF in the York County area

May 26, 5-6:30pm: Chowder Supper, featuring local seafood

For more information, please contact the local churches involved and the Maine Council of Churches.

Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 1:00pm - 10:00pm
Boston Center For the Arts Cyclorama, 539 Tremont Street in the heart of Boston's South End

Join us at Boston's First Session Beer Festival

It's time for session beer and slow food. It's time for the flavorful, the interesting, the unique, without being overwhelmed by excess. It's time to embrace the legacy, variety and future at SlowFest.

SlowFest is a two day festival celebrating session beers from over 30 breweries and food samplings from local New England producers. Brewers will share their insights on session beer, its place in history, and the re-emergence of beers on the lower end of the alcohol dial. Additionally, beer centric food offerings from local New England producers will show off session beer's unique ability to be paired with food.

Saturday's events will feature speakers - including NAMA's director Niaz Dorry - to nourish your curiosity!

Session Beer is lower in alcohol, but not lower in taste. A balance of flavor allows for multiple beers over a longer period of time. With an alcohol content preferred at lower than 5% by volume, this drinkability also comes with the ability to maintain sobriety. Session beers are well known in the British pub, but can be found in just about every beer culture in the world.

All brewers will have at least one beer that is 5% in alcohol or lower, but are allowed to profile other beers up to 6.0%, allowing for a wide range of styles and ABV to get your head around the session beer experience.

Local food will be a very big part of SlowFest, and offerings will include offerings from regional farms, bakers and butcheries.

Visit SlowFest's Ticket page for details on the sessions!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Nourish Restaurant, 1727 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA

Celebrate the earth, its ocean and those who bring us food from the ocean on April 20th at Nourish Restaurant in Lexington, MA.

Make your reservations today! Make your reservation today for the Sustainable Local Fish dinner at Nourish Restaurant. Meet six local fishermen and fisherwomen and learn about why they fish, what inspires them, what fishing means to them and how they are working to make sure they put food on our table while leaving the smallest foot print on the ocean.

Spend time with:

Brought to you by NAMA and Nourish Restaurant.

Make your reservation by calling Nourish at (781) 674-2400.

Saturday, April 17, 2010 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
U.S. Coast Guard Station, 17 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA

A day of safety trainings and health screenings for fishermen, their families and friends.

Safety Exercises Include:

  • Immersion Suit Inspections/Minor Maintenance
  • Flare Inspection
  • EPIRB Inspection/Registration
  • CFVSA Inspection Scheduling
  • Damage Control Simulator Demonstrations
  • Dewatering Pump Demonstrations
  • NESTCoCertified Emergency Drill Instructor Class Sign-up
  • DSC Radio Information/Registration
  • And more…. 

Health Services Include:

  • UV Screening
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Prostate Screening
  • Diabetes/Blood Pressure /Cholesterol
  • Body Mass/Bone Density
  • Pain Management
  • Hepatitis A & B Vaccinations
  • Tetanus Shots
  • H1N1 vaccines
  • HIV & Hepatitis C Testing
  • Stress Management
  • Posture & Balance Screening
  • Health Insurance Info & sign up

Participating providers include:

  • Northeast Health System/Addison Gilbert Hospital
  • Gloucester Family Health Center
  • Gloucester Health Department
  • Pathways for Children
  • CAB Health & Recovery Services
  • Health & Education Services
  • Action Inc
  • North Shore Health Project
  • HAWC
  • The Open Door
  • Northeastern University Health in Motion Program
  • and more….

Raffle prizes include:

  • 5 New Floatable Bibs for Fishermen
  • 1 large & 4 small First AID Kits
  • 3  IPODS for kids

Raffle Prizes Provided by:

  • Massachusetts Humane Society
  • Fishermen’s Partnership Health Plan
  • Northeast Health System
  • Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association
  • Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership

 

Monday, April 12, 2010 - 9:00am - 4:30pm
University of New Hampshire, Durham

Purpose: The goal of this public meeting is to discuss how the Northeast region as a whole can improve the collection of social and economic data about marine fisheries and its incorporation into fisheries management.

Participants:
This public meeting will be geared to a multi-stakeholder audience of fishermen, scientists, fishery managers, students and others with an interest in the social and economic impact of fisheries management.

Registration: Registration is $20. Break refreshments, lunch and a parking permit are included.

A registration fee waiver is available to commercial fishermen. Contact Ken La Valley 603-862-4343 or Rachel Feeney 603-862-2276 for more information.

Organizing Committee:

  • Ken La Valley - NH Sea Grant and UNH Coop. Ext.
  • Rachel Feeney - Northeast Consortium
  • Dan Georgianna - UMass SMAST
  • Earl Meredith - NOAA/NEFSC
  • Eric Thunberg - NOAA/NEFSC
  • Curt Rice - Retired Fisherman, NAMA Board
  • Angela Sanfilippo - Mass. Fisherman's Partnership

Event Sponsors:

  • NH Sea Grant
  • Northeast Consortium
  • Northeast Cooperative Research Partners Program

For more information, please visit the symposium website.

Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 4:00pm
Boston University's Life Sciences Building, 24 Cummington St., Room B01

"The Fish Belong to the People" film screening and a conversation with fisherman Glen Libby

This new movie about fishermen struggling to survive in Port Clyde, Maine, follows a group of local fishermen as they work to save their
fishing grounds from the government, market structure and themselves. With nothing left to lose, they try to stay afloat by becoming an
environmentally-friendly operation. Their proactive association develops new ways of fishing at sea. And on land, they retool how their catch is sold, marketing their fish as a high-quality local product that comes fresh off the boat and straight to the public. Ultimately it is the consumers who have the choice to buy seafood from local family-owned boats as opposed to large-scale factory vessels.

Meet fisherman Glen Libby, who is featured in the film, as well as Jud Crawford, Science and Policy Manager for Pew Environment Group's New England Fisheries Campaigns. It is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions that will guide you in your personal decision-making and learn about ways you can help reform fisheries management in New England to ensure there is a future for sustainable fishing.

Email Katharine Deuel at kdeuel@pewtrusts.org to RSVP for the filmscreening.

Journalists interested in scheduling time with Glen Libby, please contact Nancy Civetta at 617-901-7193 or ncivetta@pewtrusts.org. Media only please.

Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Pocantico Hills, NY

How to Make Smart Choices about Putting Meat and Fish on Your Table

$5 per person

A panel of local producers will explore how raising meat and fish sustainably can benefit animals, the environment, and consumers seeking better tasting food. Learn practical tips for choosing and sourcing meat and fish for your carnivorous kitchen, and bring your tough questions to a Q&A with panelists.

A mini farm market featuring sustainable meat and fish from our panelists will be available for ticket-holders after the panel.

Featuring Jerry Peele of Herondale Farm in Ancramdale, New York; Craig Haney of Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills, New York; and Justin Libby of the Midcoast Fishermen’s Cooperative and Port Clyde Fresh Catch in Port Clyde, Maine. Conscious consumer advocate and author, Alexandra Zissu, will moderate. Alexandra will be available to sign copies of her new book, The Conscious Kitchen, following the program.

Advance registration is required, so visit their website for more information. Call 914 366 6200 x151 to reserve your tickets.

Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 12:30pm
Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

MEET FISHERMAN GLEN LIBBY AT TWO UPCOMING EVENTS
Get an Inside Look at the How the Changes in
New England's Storied Fishing Industry
Spurred a Group of Fishermen to
Innovate in Their Own Communities

(Boston, Mass...April 5, 2010) You are invited to two events this weekend that will help deepen your understanding of New England's historic fishing industry. Meet life-long fisherman Glen Libby from Maine. He is chairman of the Midcoast Fishermen's Association and a founder of the nation's first community-supported fishery (CSF), Port Clyde Fresh Catch. He also holds a seat on the New England Fishery Management Council. He will share his experiences in this age-old industry and his vision for bringing it into the new millennium.

Down:2:Earth - Green Living Festival - Panel Discussion - Main Stage
Hynes Convention Center

Connecting Fishermen, Chefs and the Food Community

In recent decades, overfishing has threatened the livelihood of many fishermen; however, there are a few coastal communities that are changing the way business is done.These innovative fishermen are selling their sustainably-caught seafood directly to chefs and consumers. Join us for a panel discussion on the benefits of direct marketing and meet representatives from a co-op of fishermen in Maine who started the first Community Supported Fishery program in the U.S., and from a restaurant and farmers' market that buy seafood direct from these fishermen.
 
Panelists:

  • Glen Libby - fisherman, Port Clyde Fresh Catch, Port Clyde, Maine
  • Joseph Margate - executive chef, CLINK, The Liberty Hotel, Boston, Mass.
  • Cerise Mayo - program director, New Amsterdam Market, New York, N.Y.

Moderator: Peter Baker, Manager, New England Fisheries Campaigns, Pew Environment Group, Harwich, Mass.

Glen will also hold a cooking demo and shrimp sampling at the Electrolux Kitchen Theater at 2:00 p.m.

For tickets and information, visit www.d2eboston.com
For media passes, contact Tony Bennis at tony@d2eboston.com.

Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 9:00am - Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 2:00pm
St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, Lewiston, ME

5th Annual Local and Sustainable Foods Conference: Building Urban/Rural Alliances and Mud Season Dinner Saturday, April 10th at St. Mary’s Nutrition Center in Lewiston, ME.

This year’s conference will explore key issues facing Mainers working for positive change in local and regional foodsheds. Through workshops, discussions, and facilitated planning sessions conference participants will help create a set of Action Plans to guide our growing movement towards an equitable food system with justice and dignity for all.

Sunday, April 11th Food Policy Mini-Conference 10am – 2pm
St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, Lewiston, ME.

For more info call (207) 692-2571 or visit their website.

Friday, April 9, 2010 (All day) - Saturday, April 10, 2010 (All day)
Cleveland, OH

Greening the Community: Green economy, organic environments and healthy people 

The 28th National Pesticide Forum
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio
April 9-10, 2010

  • Pesticide-free communities
  • Opportunities for a green economy
  • Organic lawns and community spaces
  • Pesticides and health
  • Great Lakes and water
  • Much more

For more information, visit Beyond Pesticides.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Green Spaces, 394 Broaodway, 5th Floor, New York, NY

Green Edge NYC and Brooklyn Green Team partner with Green Spaces for March Film Screening

Purchase Tickets Now

"The End of the Line," the first major feature documentary film revealing the impact of overfishing on our oceans, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009. The film examines the imminent extinction of bluefin tuna and other popular seafood favorites; the impact on marine life resulting in huge overpopulation of jellyfish; and the profound implications of a future world with no fish that would bring certain mass starvation. "The End of the Line" points to solutions that are simple and doable, but political will and activism are crucial to solve this international problem.

Following the screening will be a discussion. Speakers include:

June Russell is the Farm Inspections Manager for Greenmarket, GrowNYC.
June has been in the food business for the past twenty years working in numerous capacities from baker to chef to café and bar manager. June came to Greenmarket in 2004, for the last three years she has been the organization's Farm Inspections Manager and has traveled extensively within the region, visiting producer farms and production facilities that range from fruit orchards in the Finger Lakes to Ocean Fishers from Long Island.

Andrianna Natsoulas is the Markets Coordinator for the Northwestern Atlantic Marine Alliance
Andrianna has been an environmental and social justice activist for nearly two decades. She began her fisheries career by surveying local fishing cooperatives to develop co-management options in the United Kingdom. Since then, she has organized around fisheries policies, marine conservation and community empowerment in different capacities and
venues. Recently, she developed and directed a fisheries campaign at Food & Water Watch that fought fisheries privatization, protected consumer rights and challenged destructive aquaculture initiatives.

Wine will be served and there will be an opportunity for networking before and after the film.

Proceeds from the screening will benefit Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance’s mission is to restore and enhance an enduring marinesystem supporting a healthy diversity and an abundance of marine life and human uses througha self-organizing and self-governing organization.

Suggested Donation:
$10 in advance, $15 at the door

Brooklyn Green Team
is a grassroots group of green "superheroes" dedicated to reducing their negative impact on the environment and inspiring others to do so through creative eco-challenges, volunteer activities, and their blog.

Green Spaces’ vision is to forward the sustainability movement globally through widespread local hubs that incubate environmental entrepreneurs. As a platform for "social change", Green Spaces not only thrives as a stomping grounds for the city’s cutting edge entrepreneurs, but it spurs connections among companies who share a passion for sustainable and ethical business and lifestyle. To learn more.

Monday, March 15, 2010 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Independent, Somervile, MA

NAMA is once again teaming up with the Sustainable Business Network for the next ALLocal Dinner. This time at The Independent.

On Monday, March 15th, The Independent in Union Square in Somerville is carrying the ALLocal Dinner torch.

Currently, restaurant manager Jess Willis is scheming with her chef, local farms and possibly Organic Renaissance to locate locally grown and sourced food at a particularly difficult transition time between winter crops and spring sowing.  With fish as a daily specialty at The Independent, and NAMA donating the seafood for this particular event, we are betting fish will be an entree along with a vegan option.  Dave of Dave’s Pasta attended the ALLocal Dinner at nourish Restaurant and SBN has challenged him to seek out the local flour available in Maine and more recently in western MA so that he can possibly provide not just fresh, but truly local pasta made locally grown ingredients.

For more information, please visit SBN's website.

Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

Greenmarket’s Educated Eater series presents: Off The Hook: Why Local Seafood is Sustainable

Do you want to know what fish are sustainable to eat? Are you confused by pocket seafood guides and competing certification labels? Do you wonder if any fish sold at farmer’s markets are overfished? Greenmarket will bring together some of its fishermen, a regulatory agent, a marine advocate, and a chef to help untangle these questions and talk about what’s being done to promote sustainable fishing practices and why it’s important to support our local fishing families and communities.

Moderated by Colin Alevras former Chef of the Tasting Room and currently Beverage Director for David Chang’s Momofuku restaurants.

Panelists include:

NAMA's director, Niaz Dorry

Alex and Stephanie Villani from Blue Moon Fish in Mattituck, NY

Christopher M. Moore Chief of the Partnerships and Communications Division in the office of Sustainable Fisheries at NOAA Fisheries Service

Greenmarket snacks and NY State wine will be served.

Tickets are $10 and you can purchase tickets online at 92YTribeca and click “daytime lectures” or call 212.601.1000.

For more information about Greenmarkets, visit thier website.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 5:00pm - Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 10:00pm
Rockport, Maine

This is the largest event of its kind in New England – one dedicated to offering fishermen, clammers, lobstermen, aquaculturalists and other related seafood industry participants an opportunity to meet on neutral ground with fisheries managers, state representatives, Congressmen and Senators.  In addition, there are family programs, a Trade Show, a Seafood Reception highlighting Maine’s seafood, a Banquet/Dance on the last night, as well as a benefit auction to raise money for kids from seafood families.

NAMA's booth will be in the main lobby of the Samoset Resort.  We'll also be a part of the By Land & By Sea discussion on Friday @ 9 a.m. and the experimental summer shrimp fishery discussion at 1 p.m.

100% of the proceeds from the Forum's Friday night auction are given out to kids from Maine seafood families – and that is an unusual event in today’s tight economy!  Anything donated to the Maine Fishermen's Forum auction would be greatly appreciated – especially by the kids who, with hope and blessings, will do Maine and its citizens proud in their future endeavors.

For more information, please visit the Maine Fishermen's Forum's website.

Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Univeristy of Southern Maine, Portland

The Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine invites farmers and fishermen to participate in a regional forum that will explore possible ways to work together to strengthen our local food system and our farming and fishing communities. Join us for dinner to discuss the challenges facing all of Maine’s food producers while exploring the potential for collaborative solutions.

By Land and By Sea: Connecting Maine’s
Farming & Fishing Communities
Sunday, February 28, 2010, 5-7pm
University of Southern Maine, Wishcamper Center, Room 102
34 Bedford Street, Portland
Parking is available next door in the USM garage.

Connecting Maine’s Farming and Fishing Communities

Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
12 Locations Throughout Maine


Attend a Community Supported Food Fair in your community and learn about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and Community Supported Fisheries (CSFs), become acquainted with local seasonal foods, buy a share in a farm's weekly harvest or fishermen's catch, and discover how you can grow a relationship with Maine farmer and/or fisherman.



Statewide at 12 Locations:

Auburn - First Universalist Church, 169 Pleasant St
Bangor - Beth El Synagogue, 183 French St
Belfast - Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, 37 Miller St
Brunswick - St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St
Damariscotta - Great Salt Bay School, 559 Main St
Farmington - Fairbanks School Meeting House, 508 Fairbanks Rd
Hallowell - St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 18 Union St
Norway - Christ Episcopal Church, 35 Paris St
Portland - Woodfords Church, 202 Woodford St
Rockland - First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway
Waterville - Barrel's Community Market, 74 Main St

Wells - Laudholm Farm, Laudholm Farm Rd

For more information and an updated list, visit the MOFGA website.

Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 3:30pm
Posner Hall at Tufts University Friedman School, 200 Harrison Ave

Slow Food Boston presents an in-depth look at current research and thoughts on our oceans, the fish that populate them and the people whose livelihoods depend on them. Oh, not to mention the effects all of it has on those of us on the other end of the chain: the consumers!

A panel discus will follow a viewing of the film End of the Line, featuring founder of 'Teach a Man to Fish,' writer Jacqueline Church, director of conservation at the New England Aquarium Heather Tausig and NAMA's director, Niaz Dorry.  They will help us learn about issues facing the New England coastline, our local fishing industries and the mouths that depend on them.

Cost: $5

Directions:  Posner Hall at Tufts' Friedman School of Nutrition is located at 200 Harrison Avenue, off of Kneeland Street. It is close to Chinatown, the Theater district and the New England Medical Center.

A Google map of the area can be found HERE.

For more information, please visit Slow Food Boston's website.

Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 11:00am - 2:00pm
Garden at the Cellar, Boston, MA

Gone Fishing: Chef Gilson of Garden at the Cellar (left), Michael Piazza of Michael Piazza photography, Brandon of Garden at the Cellar and Leigh Vincola of Edible Boston onboard the Toby Ann before heading out for their fishing trip.Gone Fishing: Chef Gilson of Garden at the Cellar (left), Michael Piazza of Michael Piazza photography, Brandon of Garden at the Cellar and Leigh Vincola of Edible Boston onboard the Toby Ann before heading out for their fishing trip.Localvore Brunch @ The Garden at the Cellar
Come celebrate this inaugural brunch at the Garden. Local food! Brunch!

This is a rare treat to support Localvores and tasting Chef Will Gilson's handywork.  A James Beard award winning chef, Will Gilson went out fishing on the F/V Toby Ann last summer to catch the fish he cooked for his dinner at the James Beard House last summer.  We can't wait for this Sunday!

This event is a fundraiser for the Boston Localvores.

Check out the menu.

Garden at the Cellar is located at 991 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA‎.  For more information, please visit the Localvore's website.

Sunday, January 31, 2010 (All day) - Tuesday, February 2, 2010 (All day)
Paris, France

Seafood Summit 2010:Challenging Assumptions in a Changing World

This year's Seafood Summit brings together global representatives from the seafood industry and conservation community for in-depth discussions, presentations and networking with the goal of making the seafood marketplace environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. For more information, visit their web page.

On Monday, February 1st, join NAMA at the workshop, "The Role of Direct Marketing in Sustaining Fishing Communities."

Commercial fishermen, their families, and coastal communities from around the globe are finding it harder to continue their traditional livelihoods and pass their knowledge on to future generations. The panel will explore attempts by various fishing communities to preserve their way of life through different direct marketing approaches, such as co-ops and "community supported fisheries". Direct marketing is a way for smaller-scale fishing communities to sustain their livelihoods, traditions, and communities. Direct marketing re-links consumers with their local fishermen and instils in the consumer a greater awareness of their connection to the earth's natural resources.

Moderated by Sara Randall (Institute for Fishery Resources) with panellists Jeremy Brown (Commercial Fishermen of America), Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and Barbara Rodenburg (Artisanal fisherman).

Sunday, January 31, 2010 (All day) - Tuesday, February 2, 2010 (All day)
Paris, France

Join NAMA's director Niaz Dorry, February 1st, on the role of direct marketing in sustainability of the ocean and fishing communities.

For more information, please visit the Seafood Summit's website by clicking on this link.

Friday, January 29, 2010 (All day) - Sunday, January 31, 2010 (All day)
Ocean City, Maryland

Join NAMA for a panel discussion on Community Supported Fisheries (CSF) on Saturday, January 30 during the East Coast Commercial Fishermen's Expo sponsored by the Maryland Waterman's Association.  The three day event will be held at the Ocean City Convention Center.

For more information please contact Kelly Barnes at 800-421-9176 or visit the Maryland Waterman's Association's website.

Friday, January 29, 2010 (All day) - Sunday, January 31, 2010 (All day)
Hyannis, Massachusetts

Your invited to attend the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association’s 2010 Annual Weekend and Lobster Trade Show. This year the event will be at a NEW location, bring a friend, come and relax, do business, and enjoy this years free admission.

  • New location
  • Cash Prizes
  • Great Seminars
  • Hospitality suite
  • Grand Auction
  • Casino Night
  • Entertainment
  • Raffles, prizes

New Location:  Resort & Conference Center at Hyannis
35 Scudder Ave, Hyannis, MA 508-775-7775
www.capecodresortandconference.com

Exhibit Hall Hours
Friday, Jan 29th 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Saturday, Jan 30th 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday, Jan 31st 9:00AM – 11:00AM

Grand Auction
Saturday Evening, Jan 30th 8:30PM – Closing

For more information, please visit MLA's website.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 (All day) - Thursday, January 28, 2010 (All day)
Sheraton Harborside Hotel, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 6:30pm
Nourish Restaurant

On Tuesday, January 12th from 6:30 - 9:00 pm, the Local Food Committee of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) holds the third ALLocal Dinner at nourish with four courses. Between courses, they will shift places for more meeting opportunities.

ALL = Absolutely Local & Luscious!

ALL ingredients will be:
Sourced, processed, delivered, prepared (and eaten!) as close to Lexington as possible and within New England.

What:   Four Course Meal with owner's description of the food sources
Rotating seats every course for great meeting opportunities
Prepared with 100% New England grown and processed food
Sponsored by SBN & Organic Renaissance

Where:  nourish
1727 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA
In Lexington Center right by the Minuteman Bike Trail

When:  Tuesday, January 12th  from 6:30 - 9:00 pm
6:30:  Cocktails, Networking, Seating
7 pm:  Dinner begins and seating rotates every course
 
Price:    $40 all benefits go to the Sustainable Business Network's Local Food Committee

The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston (SBN) is an organization of almost 1000 locally owned and independent businesses and their friends whose mission is to engage business and community leaders in building economies that are green, local, and fair.

For more information, please visit SBN's website.

Monday, January 11, 2010 - 5:30pm
Somerville, MA

Somerville Climate Action, Transition Somerville, Boston Locavores and Groundwork Somerville present Farm Share Fair followed by the screening of the film "The Power of Community."

Bring your checkbooks so you can sign up for shares in a Community Supported Agriculture or Community Supported Fishery, learn more about local foods and enjoy a great, informative film.

79 Highland Avenue in Somerville, MA

Free Admission.

Monday, January 11, 2010 (All day)
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Saturday, December 12, 2009 - 8:30am - 5:30pm
New York University Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NY, NY

A summit for family farmers, community gardeners, concerned citizens, activists, advocates, parents food experts, policy makers, environmentalists, nutritionists, educators, urban planners, urban designers, government, community, business and civic leaders, educators, elected officials, city government leaders. The goal of this Summit is to increase engagement and action around our food system’s role in climate problems and solutions. Sponsored by Manhattan Borough President - Scott M. Stringer, Just Food and New York University.

Plenary Speakers:
Anna Lappé, Founder, Small Planet Institute
Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University

A FOOD DRIVE WILL BE SPONSORED BY NYU’S CAMPUS HARVEST FOOD DRIVE.
PLEASE BRING HEALTHY FOOD FOR DONATION TO CITY HARVEST.

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For more information, please contact Office of the Manhattan Borough President at 212-669-2094. kspaulding@manhattanbp.org or their website.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 (All day) - Thursday, November 19, 2009 (All day)
Hyatt Regency Goat Island, Newport, RI

For more information, visit the New England Regional Fishery Management Council web site.

Friday, November 13, 2009 (All day) - Saturday, November 14, 2009 (All day)
Albany, NY

  • Why regional?
  • What does a regional food system look like?
  • What do we want?
  • What will it take to get there?
  • Who needs to be at the table?
  • What are our realistic milestones?
  • What do we need to know, measure and monitor?

What: The 17th conference and annual meeting of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG)

When: November 13-14, 2009

Where: Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, Albany, NY

Who: Food system advocates, policymakers, planners, researchers, Extension and other educators, farmer groups, food businesses, farm support organizations, consumer groups, students.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
SPACE Gallery, Portland, Maine

This exciting gathering will feature speakers engaged in some of the most innovative and effective projects to revive and strengthen local manufacturing and food production in New England, and to reconnect producers with local retailers. Niaz Dorry, NAMA's coordinating director, will deliver the opening volley and will be there to participate on a panel about food systems and strategy sessions around fisheries issues.

The conference attendees will spend part of the day learning about these great ideas and part of the day strategizing about how to move forward and how to build on the 10% Shift, both in our own communities and region-wide.

This event is being organized by the New England Local Business Forum and hosted by the Portland Independent Business and Community Alliance.
More information will be available soon on http://nelbf.org/

Monday, November 9, 2009 - 7:00pm
Weston Public Library, Community Room

Learn the importance of eating locally and how to source your family's meals with nutritious, locally grown and raised products such as grass-fed beef, organic vegetables, sustainably harvested fish, and cage-free chickens and eggs. Representatives from community farms, family-run operations and New England fisheries will take your questions and provide insight into the benefits of supporting local agriculture and direct farm-to-consumer relationships.

Panelists include:

  • Niaz Dorry, Northwest Atlantic Marine Association
  • Melanie Hardy, Land's Sake Farm
  • Jen Hashley, Pete and Jen's Backyard Birds
  • Angela Sanfilippo, Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association
  • Christy Foote Smith, Drumlin Farm

For more information, please go to www.wccakids.org or contact Jean Arturi at jcarturi@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 (All day)
Northport, Maine

The second "Maine Coastal Waters Conference" will take place at the Point Lookout Resort & Conference Center in Northport, Maine.  The day long event will feature speakers and break out sessions addressing issues facing the Coast of Maine. 

Join NAMA during the following panel discussion during the afternoon session:

How fishermen are leading the way towards sustainable fisheries and a successful industry through new innovations in commercial fisheries management

Several fishing industry representatives will discuss recent advances in fisheries management
that have resulted from fishermen and community-based organizations stepping up with bold
ideas to save and restore Maine’s commercial fisheries. Facilitated discussion will allow for
interaction with the panelists.

Moderator - Jen Litteral, Island Institute

Panelists:
• Annie Tselikis, Penobscot East Resource Center
• Gary Libby, Midcoast Fishermen’s Association
• Leo Murray, Cobscook Bay Fishermen’s Association
• Niaz Dory, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

To find out more, please visit the conference website.

Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 9:00am - 6:30pm
Reggie Lewis Center, 1350 Tremont Street, Roxbury, MA 02120

RELOCALIZATION = Building the Resilient, Healthy, Just, Diverse, Sustainable, Local, People-Powered Communities of our Future

Join NAMA and other conference co-sponsors for a day of inspiration, information, sharing, speakers, panel discussions, workshops, tabling, great local food, music, fun, and transformative action.

NAMA's coordinating director, Niaz Dorry, will be facilitating a panel discussion on The Economics of Localization in addition to presenting on the Local Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security/Health panel.

For further information, please visit the conference website.

Saturday, October 10, 2009 (All day) - Tuesday, October 13, 2009 (All day)
Des Moines, Iowa

Join NAMA at the 13th Annual Community Food Coalition Conference: From Commodity to Community in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Community Food Security Coalition’s annual conference is back better than ever. Join 750 of your colleagues for the nation’s primary food systems networking and educational event in Des Moines.

The conference will include plenaries on building networks for food system change, labor and immigration
policy, and strategies for change of the industrial food system. Also featured will be 50 workshops, a food film festival, six field trips, the 1st annual Food Sovereignty Prize Award presentation, business meetings and structured networking time, lunch and learns, and an exhibit hall. Workshops will focus on farm to cafeteria, food access in rural and urban communities, food politics and projects in the Heartland, labor and immigration in community food systems, international food security, local foods, food access in underserved communities, and much more.

Please join us on a panel that brings farmers and fishermen together on Sunday, October 11 @ 11:15:

Economic Recovery through Local Markets for Fishermen and Farmers

Andrianna Natsoulas, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
Kim Libby, Fisherman’s Wife, Port Clyde, Maine
John Kinsman, Family Farm Defenders

Moderator: Lisa Griffith, National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC)

Small-scale family farmers and fishermen face similar obstacles and have developed similar solutions to enhance their communities and environments through policy and market transformations that lead to food sovereignty. Workshop participants will outline the need for alternative food markets, identify necessary changes and obstacles to getting there; map out a plan for overcoming the obstacles and, articulate their passion for local food economies through words and by tasting food provided by fishermen and farmers.

For more information about the conference, visit their website.

Saturday, October 10, 2009 (All day)
Reach Performing Arts Center, Deer Isle, Maine

A whole day of events; stimulating presentations in the morning, a delicious soup and salad farm lunch using all local produce and a variety of excursions in the afternoon.

Speakers and chefs include:

Eliot Coleman & Barbara Damrosch

Terry-Anya Hayes

Ingrid Bengis-Palei -"Tales of a Fishmonger - How It All Started and Continues"

Aaron Dority and Ginny Olsen

To learn more, please visit their website.

Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Cape Ann Farmers Market, Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA

 

It's the finale! Watch the preview video on YouTube!

We have our third and last Seafood Throwdown coming up this Thursday, October 8th at 4pm, (an earlier start because of the season.) This event will help close the 2009 Cape Ann Farmer's Market. Our contestants include Team Passports with returning Chef Eric Lorden at the lead and he will be going head to head with Team Lobsta Land and Chef Corey Grammas. Our event will again be emceed by Linda Amero, the Diva of Duncan Street and the judges will be the Rev. Wendy Fitting of  Gloucester's Independent Christian Church and Rockport's Nancy Goodman from Wellspring. As usual, no one knows what the secret ingredient will be, so we hope you will be able to join us to find that out as we share an afternoon of fun, entertainment, and education.

NAMA, Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association and Cape Ann Farmers Market bring you Seafood Throwdown, a fun, educational and community driven activity that promotes the ecological and economic benefit of locally caught seafood.

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.

Monday, October 5, 2009 (All day) - Friday, October 9, 2009 (All day)
St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Boyce Thorne Miller, NAMA's sciece & policy coordinator, will be one of many scientists presenting at the Gulf of Maine Symposium this week. The event is organized by Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM), in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada St. Andrews Biological Station (DFO SABS), the Gulf of Maine Institute (GMRI), the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS) and the Gulf of Maine Census of Marine Life (GoMA/CoML) program.

Friday, October 2, 2009 (All day) - Sunday, October 4, 2009 (All day)
College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME

On Saturday, October 3rd, NAMA Board of Trustee's President, Curt Rice, will be speaking on the Food for People: Community Food Security panel and NAMA's Coordinating Director, Niaz Dorry, will be speaking on the Marketing and Distribution: Community-based Strategies as Companions/Competitors to Mass-Marketing panel.

You can also join NAMA to hear community members read their profiles from our book, Sharing the Ocean: Stories of Science, Politics, and Ownership from America's Oldest Industry on Sunday, October 4th at the Conference.

This fall conference at the College of the Atlantic on sustainable food, farming and fisheries promises to bring together a diverse range of practitioners and academics to discuss current issues and chart a course toward a sustainable future. For more information, visit their website.
Download the full conference schedule.

Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Unity, ME at the Country Kitchen Demonstration Tent

Wondering who won the Throwdown!?  Click here to view photos of the event.

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association's Common Ground Country Fair is all about what's local to Maine.  This year, local seafood will take the stage at the Fair with a Seafood Throwdown featuring Chef Kerry Altiero of Café Miranda in Rockland and Chef Michael Greer of Badger Café in Union. Seafood Throwdowns are a community driven event to raise awareness about the environmental and economic benefits of locally caught seafood and community based fishermen.

At the Seafood Throwdown, Chefs Altiero and Greer will find out what the secret seafood ingredient of the day is, and then will be given $25 and 15 minutes to use the farmers market area of the fair as their pantry. They will then have one hour to prepare, cook and plate their dish for three judges. The chefs will also prepare enough to offer tastings to select group of fairgoers who received tickets at the beginning of the event.

Café Miranda has been operating since 1993, and was one of the first supporters of Port Clyde’s Fresh Catch Community Supported Fishery. The Badger Café is a casual cafe that supports small, local businesses for their fresh meats, cheeses, beer, wine, vegetables, and breads.
Join us at the Country Kitchen Demonstration Tent at 10am on Saturday, September 26th. You won't want to miss it!
About Common Ground Country Fair, September 25th - Sept 27th: The Fair allows fairgoers to make connections with a rapidly expanding base of organic farms in the state of Maine. Hundreds of vendors, exhibitors and demonstrators, more than 1,000 volunteers, and tens of thousands of fairgoers will gather to: share knowledge about sustainable living; eat delicious, organic, Maine-grown food; buy and sell beautiful Maine crafts and useful agricultural products; compete in various activities; dance; sing and have a great time. For more information, visit their website.

Saturday, September 26, 2009 (All day) - Sunday, September 27, 2009 (All day)
Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 3 — Steamship Pier, New Bedford, MA

The Working Waterfront Festival Celebrate Commercial Fishing, America's Oldest Industry!
Visit New Bedford, America's largest commercial fishing port, to learn about the men and women who fish the North Atlantic. Walk the decks of a scalloper, dine on fresh seafood, mend a fishing net and watch a Coast Guard rescue demonstration. Experience the workings of the industry which brings seafood from the ocean to your plate. For more information, visit the Working Waterfront Festival webpage.

Join NAMA at for a panel to learn more about Community Supported Fisheries on Saturday afternoon from 12:30 to 1:15 on the Festival's Narrative Stage (located on Pier 3/Fisherman's Wharf). Panelist include Steve Parkes, Angela Sanfilippo, Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives President and Niaz Dorry, NAMA's Coordinating Director.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 (All day) - Thursday, September 24, 2009 (All day)
Radisson Hotel, Plymouth, MA

For more information, visit the New England Regional Fishery Management Council web site.

Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH

The Festival will feature a Seafood Throwdown. Fisheries policies, as currently under consideration, could lead to industrialization and consolitdation of the fishing industry much like the policies that turned farming into agribusiness. Seafood Throwdowns are fun, educational and community driven activities that promotes the ecological and economic benefit of locally
caught seafood.  Because we believe who fishes matters.

During the Seafood Throwdown, two local chefs will compete against each other each to cook the best local seafood dish - but they won't know what the main course will be until the start of the throwdown! Each participant will bring only their favorite cooking vessels/utensils, presentation plates and three of their favorite ingredients. Once at the festival, they'll find out what the secret seafood ingredient of the day is and will be given one hour to prepare their dish for three celebrity judges.  The chefs will also prepare tastings for a select group of fairgoers.  Come early to get your Seafood Throwdown Tasting Ticket!

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Cape Ann Farmers Market, Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA

 

NAMA, Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association and Cape Ann Farmers Market bring you Seafood Throwdown, a fun, educational and community driven activity that promotes the ecological and economic benefit of locally caught seafood.

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.

Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury, MA

Join us this summer as we highlight the local flavors of Essex County with three unforgettable dining experiences. With three local farms as the backdrop, we invite you to celebrate local farms & artisans with an evening of fine food, music & revelry.
Dinners are open to the public and will commence at 6:00 pm. Limited to 100 guests. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to American Farmland Trust as well as the Essex National Heritage Commission.
Tickets are $80/ea and will include a 4 course meal, cocktails & entertainment. Wine and beer will be offered by Jewel Towne Vineyards, Turtle Creek Vineyards and Mercury Brewing Co.
For more info

Friday, September 11, 2009 (All day) - Sunday, September 13, 2009 (All day)
Knox Mill Center, Camden, Maine

The Maine Fare Festival is a Celebration of Maine’s Culinary Resources Bringing Together Food Lovers, Chefs, Gardeners, Food Writers, Farmers, and Food-based Enterprises. For more information, visit their website.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 4:00pm
Blue Hill Library, Blue Hill, Maine

You are invited to bring all your questions about restoring lost fishing rights through permit banking, catch shares or quotas, "days at sea", groundfish, and Community Supported Fisheries (CSFs) to a presentation by Penobscot East Resource Center.

The speakers will be Aaron Dority, Director of the Downeast Groundfish Initiative at Penobscot East Resource Center with fisherman-scientist Ted Ames, whose fisheries research has been recognized with a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship.

Recent changes in fisheries management are providing an opportunity that could return fresh fish to our towns. The speakers will focus on the innovative work that Penobscot East is doing to ensure a future for eastern Maine fishing communities, while supporting the dock-to-consumer supply of fresh, locally caught seafood for area residents.

The talk is sponsored by Blue Hill Co-op Community Market and Cafe.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 4:00pm
Rye Farmers Market in New Hampshire
Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Cape Ann Farmer's Market, Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA

First Seafood Throwdown at Cape Ann Farmers Market is on!

The first Seafood Throwdown of the season on August 13th will feature Team Alchemy Café & Bistro starring Chef William Fogarty vs. Team Sugar Magnolias starring Chef Melissa Hart. Chef Hart was the winner of last year’s Throwdown finale while Alchemy’s Chef Oni kicked off the events in 2008.

Read the Gloucester Daily Times story by clicking on this link and view the promo video on YouTube courtesy of GoodMorningGlouceser.com

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. So popular that the Seafood Throwdowns are now being scheduled in other parts of the region including Ipswich Goes Green Festival and the Common Ground Fair in Maine.

Friday, August 7, 2009 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Green Meadows Farm, Hamilton, MA

Join us this summer as we highlight the local flavors of Essex County with three unforgettable dining experiences. With three local farms as the backdrop, we invite you to celebrate local farms & artisans with an evening of fine food, music & revelry.
Dinners are open to the public and will commence at 6:00 pm. Limited to 100 guests. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to American Farmland Trust as well as the Essex National Heritage Commission.
Tickets are $80/ea and will include a 4 course meal, cocktails & entertainment. Wine and beer will be offered by Jewel Towne Vineyards, Turtle Creek Vineyards and Mercury Brewing Co.

For more info

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
New York City, NY

Bill Dorrler Due Mari Pesce e Vinoteca/ New Brunswick, NJ and Due Terre Enoteca/ Bernardsville, NJ

This pair of modern Italian hot spots have considerable pedigree: they’re owned by François Rousseau, an alum of the Ryland Inn and Gramercy Tavern, developed in consultation with JBF Award winner Michael White, and presided over by talented chef Bill Dorrler, whose mouthwatering menus strike the right balance between innovative and authentic.

For more information, menu and reservations click here

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
New York City, NY

How often can say you’ve eaten a fish caught specifically for your dinner? Chef Will Gilson, a JBF Award semifinalist this year, is doing just that for this special farm-to-table meal. And, NAMA is proud to be workking with him on procuring the seafood he'll be using for his meal to help further promote the ecological benefits of locally caught seafood.  Will & his team will be fishing for the striped bass this Friday onboard a Gloucester based, small-scale boat, the Toby Ann, that fishes for striped bass as a way of supplementing his income and taking pressure off other species.  Gilson’s seasonal, New England–inspired cuisine embodies the locavore movement—almost all of his ingredients come from his own farm.
For more information, full menu and reservations click here

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 (All day) - Sunday, August 2, 2009 (All day)
Rockland, ME

The focus of the festival is, of course, fresh hot Maine lobster! Enjoy your lobster dinner under the Maine Eating Tent while enjoying a view of Penobscot Bay. What could be better on a warm August day? For more information, visit their web site.

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 6:00pm
Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, ME

A series of informal events about fish, fishing, culture, and food to accompany the exhibit, Net Worth: The Rise and Fall of Maine’s Fin Fisheries.
Community Supported Fisheries: A New Trend
THURSDAY, JULY 23, 6PMMembers $5/Non-members $7
Many of us have heard of, or even participated in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) projects: local farms providing meat and vegetable production to share-owning individuals and families. Now this concept has been taken to sea with fishermen! Learn how this program got started and how it has grown on our own coast with Jennifer Plummer, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance’s Community Supported Fisheries Coordinator.

For more info go to www.mainemaritimemuseaum.org

 

Monday, July 20, 2009 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
51 Indian Point Road, Stonington, Maine

Attend a very special press event on July 20th, announcing a historic step by Penobscot East Resource Center towards restoring groundfishing in eastern Maine. In partnership with the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Penobscot East Resource Center is launching a Fisheries Permit Bank.

Please join Senator Dennis Damon, Maine House Speaker, Rep. Hannah Pingree, Bruce Kidman, TNC Director of External Affairs, Robin Alden, Penobscot East Executive Director, Kathleen Billings, Stonington Town Manager and Victor Levesque, the fisherman who provided our first permit on Monday July 20 at noon at 51 Indian Point Road, outside the Stonington Lobster Co-Op.

There is no parking at the Co-Op so please come early to find a parking space and we will be shuttling guests from our office at 43 School St. Stonington. Call us for details at (207) 367-2708.

Sunday, July 12, 2009 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ipswich Riverwalk, EBSCO parking lots, and Memorial Green, MA

Join NAMA at the Ipswich Seafood Throwdown during the Ipswich Goes Green Festival.
This ultimate seafood cookoff, sponsored by the Cape Ann Fresh Catch community supported fishing and Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. Ipswich celebrity judges will select the top Chef in a fun, educational and community driven event that promotes the ecological and economic benefit of locally caught seafood.

Going head to head will be Chef Chris DeStefano from Christopher's Table and Chef Ray Morley, from Ipswich Bed and Breakfast and Ipswich Selectman. Chrissi Pappas of Ipswich Shellfish Fish Market and Leigh Vincola of Edible Boston will judge the Throwdown while Pat McNally of the Ipswich Selectman will emcee the event.

For more information, visit the Ipswich Goes Green.

Friday, July 10, 2009 - 4:00pm
Stonington, ME

Penobscot East Resource Center invites you to a summer benefit event: "Lobsters, Summer and Wine", to take place in two Stonington locations, and involving several community businesses and friends. The fundraiser begins at 4pm at the renowned Zone C Lobster Hatchery, with Ted Ames, Hatchery Director and MacArthur Fellow conducting special hatchery tours. At 5pm, the event moves to Ron Watson's gWatson Gallery on Main Street, where wine connoisseur Graham Bolton from The Seasons of Stonington will pour a selection of their favorite summer wines. The hors d'oeuvres for the wine- tasting will feature lobster and other local seafood, selected to partner the wines. The gallery art will also be focused on lobsters. Penobscot East's Executive Director, Robin Alden will be present to answer questions about the current state of the Maine lobster business.

"Lobsters, Summer and Wine" is a fundraiser to support Penobscot East Resource Center. We can guarantee the wine and the lobsters but make no promises about "Summer" just yet. However, let's be optimistic! We encourage you and your friends to sign up for this celebratory fundraiser on Friday July 10 starting at the Zone C Lobster Hatchery, 51 Indian Point Road, Stonington at 4pm. Tickets are $50 and as space is limited, please make your reservation in advance by calling 367-2708 or via e mail me at bobbi@penobscoteast.org. Further information and directions are available when you call.

Friday, July 10, 2009 4-5pm at Zone C Lobster Hatchery

5-7pm at gWatson Gallery

Saturday, June 27, 2009 - 12:00pm - Sunday, June 28, 2009 - 5:00pm
Pennington, NJ

The annual Slow Food and Wine Festival has been expanded into an East Coast Slow Food and Wine Festival with participation and attendance from Slow Food Chapters along the East Coast. The event will be held at Hopewell Valley Vineyards, which is surrounded by views of farmland and vineyards and is strategically located halfway between Boston and Washington, D.C. and near New York City, Philadelphia, Northern New Jersey and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

The 2009 Slow Food and Wine Festival features the best restaurants and the most celebrated professional wineries of the area. Attendees can sample dishes prepared with the season's locally grown vegetables, fruits, seafood, chicken, meats and more dished up by some of the most exciting chefs in the State. Participating restaurants will be announced in the near future on this site. For more information, visit their website.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 (All day) - Thursday, June 25, 2009 (All day)
Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland , ME

For more information, visit the New England Regional Fishery Management Council web site.

Saturday, June 13, 2009 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
Portland, ME

The Bayside World Market & Fair features world music, dance, food, flea market goods, arts, crafts, children's activities, immigrants' journey stories and seminars for new Americans. For more information, visit their web site

Saturday, June 13, 2009 (All day) - Sunday, June 14, 2009 (All day)
Belmar, New Jersey

The New Jersey Seafood Festival in Belmar combines a culinary celebration of seafood delights with a day of fun. The Annual event will once again unite master chefs, fine artists and crafts people along with musicians from around the state. Visit their web site for more information.

Sunday, June 7, 2009 - 11:00am - 5:00pm
Portland, ME

Maine’s largest one day festival! The Old Port Festival features multiple stages of music, Maine-made arts and crafts, great food, shopping, and fun! Find out more!

Thursday, May 21, 2009 (All day) - Saturday, May 23, 2009 (All day)
Denver, Colorado

Rising to the Challenge: Entrepreneurs Building Living Economies

Join independent business owners, local government officials, and community leaders to learn how Local Living Economies are transforming communities around the world.

Registration is now open for the 2009 BALLE conference in Denver, Colorado.

To learn more about the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) visit their website.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 (All day) - Sunday, May 24, 2009 (All day)
Washington, DC

The Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology is hosting the first International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) from 20-24 May 2009 at George Mason University near Washington D.C. IMCC is aimed at advancing marine conservation by facilitating discussion among scientists, managers and policy makers and developing science-based products that inform policy change and implementation.

Major themes are:

  • Global Climate Change
  • Land-Sea Interface
  • Poverty and Globalization
  • Ecosystem-based Management

To address the most pressing marine conservation issues, IMCC will hold exciting plenary talks and solicit creative submissions for contributed presentations, symposia and workshops. Confirmed speakers include: Dr. Daniel Pauly, Dr. Ratana Chuenpangdee, Dr. Rod Fujita, Dorothy Childers and Alexandra Cousteau. Dr. Callum Roberts will be giving the Dr. Ransom A. Myers Memorial Lecture at the banquet.

Download a flyer or visit IMCC's website for more information.

Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA

The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center will host a day long “Demonstration Day” on Saturday, May 9, from 10 pm to 5 pm.

Join NAMA to hear readings from Sharing the Ocean: Stories of Science, Politics, and Ownership from America’s Oldest Industry, enjoy samples of local seafood caught by local family fishermen and discuss the future of our fisheries. The readings will take place at 11am.

The Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association will offer seafood cooking demonstrations under the big tent at 2pm. Join them for helpful cooking tips and tasty samples of local Gloucester seafood.

Other events scheduled throughout the day include an Historic Postcards Slide Show, live music by Not That Blonde, and children activities such as fish printing. Visitors can also explore a simulated shipwreck with Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary maritime archaeologists and observe a boat being hauled out of the water on the center’s 19th century marine railway. Plus many more events and activities.

The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center is located at 23 Harbor Loop in Gloucester, overlooking Gloucester’s industrial Harbor. Open 7 days a week from May 7 thru October, 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is $5/adults, $2/children, $10 family maximum. For more information, call 978-281-0470 or visit their website.

Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St. Portland, ME 04101

Ted Ames, Penobscot East vice-chair and hatchery director, has studied spawning, habitat, and fishing patterns of the Atlantic Cod. Ames’ work combines marine science and fishermen’s knowledge to paint a scientifically compelling picture of the complexity of the fish population structure in the Gulf of Maine. Tonight he will share his research into how Maine's groundfish stocks became depleted and will share his novel approach to tracing their decline using collected oral histories from seasoned Maine fishermen (which earned him a MacArthur "Genius" Grant in 2005) and the opportunities that are now open to Maine fishermen to restore the stocks. Included in the evening will be a screening of the short film by Cecily Pingree, "Fishing Voices: Insight Into the Future" made in collaboration with the Penobscot East Resource Center.
For more infomration about SPACE Gallery, check out their website.

For more information about Penobscot East, check out their website.

Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 9:00am - 9:00pm
John Jay High School, 237 7th Ave and PS 321, 180 7th Ave., Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Food Conference will bring together a uniquely broad and diverse community of activists and interested persons to discuss and learn more about the critical food issues of our time and what role we as neighbors can play to address them. We will create a Brooklyn base for the food movement, advocating for Food Democracy in our neighborhoods and everywhere in the world. Food Democracy is here defined as a just, sustainable, healthy and delicious food system.
Co-sponsored by the Park Slope Food Coop (PSFC), World Hunger Year, Caribbean Women’s Health Association (CWHA), Brooklyn Rescue Mission and Brooklyn’s Bounty, this one-day, Brooklyn-wide conference will educate Brooklynites about what we at the grass roots can do to address our broken global food system. Why do we have food shortages and skyrocketing prices? How are high rates of obesity and diabetes related to cheap prices for corn, sugar, and other subsidized commodities produced by agribusiness and added to our food by big food manufac­turers? We’ll learn how the food system impacts social justice, human health, and environ mental sustainability. We’ll also discover local, regional, national, and inter­national organizations working to change the system by providing healthy, environ­mentally sustainable food and protecting those who produce it.
For more information, check out the Brooklyn Food Conference website.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 (All day) - Thursday, April 9, 2009 (All day)
Hilton Mystic, Mystic, CT

For more information, visit the New England Regional Fishery Management Council web site.

Friday, April 3, 2009 (All day) - Saturday, April 4, 2009 (All day)
Century Center, Carrboro NC

This national environmental conference will focus on environmental and public health, organic agriculture, domestic fair trade, organic lawns and landscapes, and much more. Visit the conference website for more information.

Saturday, March 28, 2009 (All day)
Unity, ME

All day conference focusing this year on how local food security will help us through these difficult financial times. For more information, visit Food for Maine's Future web site.

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