Lesser known – but tasty! – fish on menu

About 20 Maine restaurants, the great majority of them in Portland, will announce a new program today that’s designed to bring more attention to delicious but little-known species of seafood.

The weeklong promotion, called “Out of the Blue,” is being organized by scientists at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute with help from a steering committee that includes chefs and fishermen.

From June 1-10, restaurants that have signed up for the program will serve a dish featuring redfish, a species of fish that is not often seen on menus anywhere. They’ll repeat the promotion with a different species July 20-29, Sept. 28-Oct. 7, Oct. 26-Nov. 4, and for a week next winter, date still to be determined.

Each species will be announced just before the “Out of the Blue” week begins. The hope is that by making the public more familiar with these abundant and tasty fish, they’ll develop a taste for them and take some of the pressure off species like cod that are in trouble.

Some of the participating Portland restaurants include Bar Lola, Fore Street, Five Fifty-Five, The Salt Exchange, Miyake, Local 188 and Grace. For a complete list, go to the Out of the Blue website: bit.ly/MExKxM

Look for more about this program in the June 6 edition of Food and Dining.

STEEP FALLS

Tour school gardens and dine at Rippling Waters

Rippling Waters Organic Farm will hold its annual Gourmet Garden Crawl 1 to 6 p.m. June 10.

During the garden crawl, guests will travel by propane-powered school buses to visit three of the farm’s school gardens, and get tours from students, teachers and staff.

Later, back at the farm, there will be a gourmet dinner prepared by local chefs, music from a jazz band, and live and silent auctions.

All funds raised will go to the five school gardens that Rippling Waters has helped establish in MSAD 6.

Tickets are $35 for adults, or $10 for guests ages 12 to 17. Children under age 12 get in free.