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Chefs, GMRI to Host Seafood Celebration

Mar 23, 2015

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) announced today that it will host its second Gulf of Maine Seafood Celebration on April 29. This year, the annual tasting dinner will be part of a week of special events commemorating GMRI's 10th anniversary.

Area chefs are teaming up with GMRI to celebrate and raise awareness of seafood available from the Gulf of Maine. This is a unique opportunity for the public to taste regional seafood and mingle with chefs from Churchill Events, DiMillo’s, Frontier, Outliers Eatery, Robert’s Maine Grill, Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea, and Stripers Waterside at Breakwater Inn & Spa.

“The event is all about celebrating Gulf of Maine seafood and the restaurants that help support the region’s fishermen,” said James Benson, manager of the Culinary Partners program at GMRI. “It’s an opportunity to try lesser-known species, meet highly talented chefs, and discover how GMRI and its partners are making seafood sustainability a priority.”

All participating restaurants are GMRI Culinary Partners who commit to always having responsibly harvested seafood from the Gulf of Maine on their menus, educating staff about seafood, and continually improving the sustainability of their business practices. Many area businesses, including People’s United Bank and Hannaford, are sponsoring the event to support New England seafood and the restaurants committed to serving it.

“This collaboration of fishermen, chefs and scientists from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute makes it easier for us to ensure our menu choices support, rather than negatively impact, the health of the Gulf of Maine and its fishing industry,” said Rauni Kew, PR and green program manager for Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth.

The Seafood Celebration will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on April 29 at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute at 350 Commercial Street in Portland. Tickets cost $55 in advance and cover seafood sampling, desserts and two beverage tickets.

This tasting event is part of GMRI’s weeklong anniversary celebration, “10 Years on the Waterfront.” Other special events include a Science Café on April 28 and an open house on May 2.

For more information or to register for this event, visit www.gmri.org/seafood-celebration.