Contact: Chris Edelman


Friday Evening October 5th, 2012

BOSTON – A brigade of the city’s top chefs are about to join forces with the New England fishing industry, all in the name of celebrating and supporting the bounty of our local waters. The First Annual Boston Fisheries Foundation fundraiser, presented by Boston Fisheries Foundation, will be held at the Bank of America Pavilion on Friday, October 5th, and will serve as the kickoff to the Boston Seafood Festival. This inaugural V.I.P. event will serve to both educate the public about New England’s sustainable seafood—the bounty of the Atlantic—and raise funds to support our local fishing industry. Tickets are $125 per person, and can be purchased at

New England seafood has recently been dealt blows by rival seafood regions suggesting it isn’t sustainable. In response, the non-profit Boston Fisheries Foundation has decided it’s time to defend our fisheries and support the New England seafood industry, which is so vital to the New England economy as a whole.

The Foundation created the Sustainable Seafood Gala to do just that, and has enlisted many of the area’s most talented chefs to ensure it will be a memorable night. Foremost that will mean a culinary rollout of collaborative and interactive, Iron Chef-style menus—all of it from sustainable local fish and shellfish sourced directly from local fishermen. Participating chefs include: Nuno Alves (Tavolo), Michael Aprea (Red Parrot), Brandon Arms (Garden at the Cellar), Bill Bradley (New England Aquarium), Dante de Magistris (Restaurant Dante and il Casale), Louis DiBiccari (Storyville and Chef Louie Night), Charles Draghi (Erbaluce), Jose Duarte (Taranta), Billy Flumerfelt (Nubar), Barry Edelman (5 Corners Kitchen) Matthew Gaudet (Westbridge), Will Gilson (Puritan & Co.), Andrew Hebert (Trade), Carolyn Johnson (80 Thoreau), Brendan Joy (Radius), Rachel Klein (Asana), Paul O’Connell (Chez Henri), David Punch (Ten Tables),  and Brian Rae (Rialto). East Meets West Catering will provide server staff and management of the event. More chefs are continuing to sign up by the day.


The Foundation is also rolling out the red carpet (literally) for guests for the rest of the evening, with bubbly and live jazz, snapshots, words on sustainability from Bob Vanasse of Saving Seafood and Thor Lassen of Ocean Trust, and wine tastings—all of it in the Bank of America Pavilion tent, overlooking two of our region’s most venerable and vital resources, the Boston Fish Pier and the Atlantic ocean.

The Boston Fisheries Foundation is a nonprofit organization created to support and expand sustainable Atlantic fisheries; educate the media and the public about the role played by New England fishermen in preserving our wild ocean stocks through responsible harvesting and management; and facilitate public awareness of our history and the importance of wild harvests to the proud traditions of an independent New England.

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