We continue to promote Gulf Seafood through our consumer education series (Seafood Savvy) in Fairhope, Alabama. We held our fifth installment on Jan. 13, 2015, and featured locally farm-raised catfish and locally caught red drum prepared by chefs from The Saltwater Grille at the Grand Hotel. Our guest speakers included Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent Jeremy Pickens (aquaponics) and Susan Boggs, of Reel Surprise Charters in Orange Beach. Susan talked with the group about the local charter boat industry and their efforts with the Gulf Coast Headboat Collaborative for the red snapper fishery.
We had the privilege of being part of the second annual Alabama Oyster Social, which was held at ACRE restaurant in Auburn, Alabama, on Jan. 30. There were seven varieties of farm-raised oysters that were showcased by local regional chefs in a variety of preparations. Many of these businesses are registered with Alabama MarketMaker, which enables consumers and other chefs to source local farm raised oysters. MarketMaker was an integral part of the “food matchmaking” process that brought some of the chefs together with the oyster farmers. These chefs are interested in featuring Alabama farm-raised oysters on their menus, and we were able to put the chefs directly in touch with the farmers to discuss their product.
The upcoming “Gulf to Gotham” James Beard House dinner in New York City on April 29 will feature Chef Bill Briand of Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina. Chef Bill will be using local Gulf Seafood from some of our MarketMaker listed businesses, including Dana’s Seafood and Murder Point Oyster Company. This is a prestigious event that will raise consumer awareness of Gulf seafood at the national level! MarketMaker will be able to help make these connections for consumers and chefs around the country who are interested in sourcing Gulf seafood.