Seafood Throwdown at The Working Waterfront Festival


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