Friday, December 6, 2013
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 week-long 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, the 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 that are in trouble.
Some of the Portland restaurants participating 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.
I'll be writing more about this program in the June 6 edition of Food and Dining.
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod [at] pressherald.com.
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