Monday, August 29, 2011

Florida Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival

The Florida Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival will be held at the South Florida Fair Grounds in West Palm Beach, FL on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 16-18, 2011.

The event features healthy delicious seafood. Savor all the traditional side dishes, beverages, desserts and comfort foods as well. To work off that stuffed feeling, you can browse and shop the expanded nautical and maritime vendor booths.

Local Florida bands will provide two days of live, continuous music as visitors search for bargains and enjoy healthy delicious seafood.

The South Florida Fairgrounds is located at 9067 Southern Blvd West Palm Beach, FL with easy access from the I-75 and the Florida Turnpike. There is plenty of free parking.

Visit the Florida Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival website for more information:

Monday, August 22, 2011

2011 Great American Seafood Cook-Off

Chef Jim Smith, executive chef of the Alabama Governor’s Mansion, took first place at the eighth annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans. He impressed the judges with a dish titled “Late Summer Alabama Bounty” that featured sous vide shrimp and marinated crab with garam masala, scented yellow squash puree, farmers market lady peas, bacon-peach relish and Spanish basil oil.

The event, sponsored by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and presented by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board, is known for pitting up-and-coming chefs against recognized culinary greats from throughout the United States. The chefs were asked to create unique dishes with domestic seafood, and utilize fish that’s native to their home states. Prior winners include John Currence of City Grocery in Oxford, MS and John Besh of Restaurant August in New Orleans.

Earlier this year, organizers of The Great American Seafood Cook-Off encouraged states to hold a qualifying round or appoint a chef to compete in the event.  There were chefs representing 14 states such as: Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia. The 2011 Great American Seafood Cook Off is endorsed by the National Restaurant Association and will be audited by the National Fisheries Institute.

More information is available at

source: NOAA

Monday, August 1, 2011

BAP Names Business Development Manager for North America

Best Aquaculture Practices, a leading global certification program for aquaculture facilities, has announced the  addition of Molly Metcalf to its international marketing team.

Ms. Metcalf will serve as BAP's new business development manager for North America. Her duties are to include helping seafood suppliers, buyers, retailers and food service outlets in the United States and Canada to share the benefits of the organization's certification program.

Metcalf is a seafood industry professional who has worked for Slade Gorton & Co. since 2002 in various buying and sales positions. Previously she taught Spanish at the high school level.

Metcalf is a graduate of the National Fisheries Institute Future Leaders program. Her class raised over $300,000 for SeaShare, a non-profit hunger relief organization.

A graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, USA, she has a degree in Spanish, which will allow her to apply bilingual skills in the marketplace.

source: Best Aquaculture Practices