Monday, May 4, 2009

Cooking for Solutions

The Monterey Bay Aquarium will be hosting their eighth sustainable food and wine celebration, Cooking for Solutions, May 15-16. This event features celebrity chefs, including Alton Brown and Thomas Keller, who have been selected by the Aquarium for their promotion of Earth-friendly cuisine. The chefs will create gourmet dishes, host food and wine adventures, and present cooking demonstrations that feature sustainable seafood and organic ingredients.

Tickets are still available for the Cooking for Solutions Gala. The Gala features gourmet dishes and
organic and sustainable wines and a silent auction benefiting the Aquarium's Seafood Watch program. Seafood Watch is the Aquarium's award-winning program promoting awareness of sustainable seafood choices. You can pick up a Seafood Watch wallet card at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and many participating restaurants, zoos, aquariums, and more across the country, or you can download one at specific to your location or a general guide for seafood across the U.S. There is even a Seafood Watch application for the iPhone.

Celebrity Chef Alton Brown
(Photo credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium.)

Besides some sold out events, and the Gala, there is also a Sustainable Foods Fair on Saturday, May 16, which is included with your admission to the Aquarium. There will be information booths throughout the Aquarium galleries featuring sustainable seafood and winemaking, as well as organic agriculture. Celebrity Chef Alton Brown will also be signing books and giving a cooking demonstration. The Sustainable Foods Fair runs from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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