Archive for the ‘Sustainable Seafood’ Category

Third Annual Spot Prawn Festival at Granville Island

Monday, May 4th, 2009
Spot Prawn by closari

Spot Prawn by closari

With the spot prawn fishing season for opening, May 8th it seems The Chefs’ Table Society has chosen to waste no time and is holding its third annual Spot Prawn Festival May 9th from 12pm-3pm. Preparing their special spot prawn dishes. This is a great opportunity to get some delicious ideas for preparing spot prawns and if the reports from last year are any indication the work that these chef’s do, is both beautiful and tasty.

The list of chefs participating this year includes: Warren Geraghty of West; John Bishop of Bishops; Francois Gagnon of Cin Cin; Don Dickson of South China Seas; Rob Feenie of Cactus Club; Dino Rinearts of Diva at the Met; Jean-Francis & Alessandra Quaglia of Provence Restaurants; Nico Scheurmans of Chambar; and Alana Peckham from Cru.

This year they are doing things a little bit differently and will be having cooking demonstrations at Granville Island at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on May 9th, 10th and 16th. Extending the festivities to branch clear into the following weekend. This is a great opportunity to get familiar with cooking this local and sustainable seafood!

Not only that but Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery, as the official wine sponsor of the BC Spot Prawn Festival, will donate 50 cents of each bottle of wine sold at partner restaurants during the Spot Prawn season to support the Chefs Table Society and the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Program. Which is a great excuse not only to eat great prawns but also to enjoy some local wine! Hallelujah, what a combination!

Alas if only the stars aligned I would be there! Eat some prawns and snap some pictures for me if you’re there!

SeaChoice.org – a Guiding Light for Sustainable Seafood

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Fairmont Hotels Serving Sustainable Seafood

The Calgary Herald has a great article up right now about trying to eat seafood that is being caught and managed in an environmentally responsible manner. The truth about which seafood choices are good for the environment and which are not, is generally left in the hands of the consumer, although as the Herald points out Fairmont hotels and resorts are also doing their bit to make responsible seafood eating possible for their clientele.

How to Choose Sustainable Seafood

The oceans really are a shared resource and every person who eats seafood has a responsibility to make seafood choices that will encourage every commercial fishery to be handled in a responsible and sustainable manner. As a consumer it can be really difficult to know which seafoods are being harvested sustainably and which are not. Thankfully, the folks at Seachoice.org have done a lot of research to make the job a lot easier for the rest of us. They have done a significant amount of work ranking most, if not all, of the Canadian seafood choices using the acclaimed science-based methodology developed by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. Not only have they done the work of ranking seafood choices in Canada, they have also distilled this work down into a wallet size format, so that you can legitimately make shopping and eating choices based on their recommendations.

Sustainable – Pacific Spot Prawns

Obviously, we’re excited that Trap Caught Pacific Spot Prawns are part of the Seachoice.org list. But even more than that, we’re excited that the power to make sustainable seafood choices is readily available AND large chains like the Fairmont are starting to stand up and make sure that they are practicing good stewardship of the seafood that they choose to serve. We’re hoping that many other restaurants, resorts and hotels move towards favouring or exclusively providing seafood that is Western union locations sustainable. The vitality and diversity of our oceans is a precious and worth protecting. If you’re an avid seafood connoisseur, please focus your culinary endeavours on sustainable seafood!