sustainable seafood part two
April 24, 2012, 3:29 pm
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I guess the reason I posted about our company dinner was that the topic came to mind again recently with the news about whole foods’ decision to stop selling unsustainable fish. Here’s the story on huffington. Pretty great that they’re not going to sell tuna anymore. Also pretty sad isn’t it? Can’t believe how fast we got to this point–and how slow we were to do anything about it. I hope other retailers (and pursuant to my last post–caterers and restaurants) will take note!

In honor of no more tuna–may I direct your attention to the Turdacres take on mock tuna salad?


sustainably dining– options and catering
April 20, 2012, 2:07 pm
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In honor of earth day, I’ve been thinking (again and here) about the general ungreeness of catering for business meetings. We’re having a big dinner for fancy guests at work. It’s a biennial event, and it’s held at the University Club. This year the dining options came in doodle form. The way it was sent out, you could see all the options that everyone else picked. And here’s how it broke down:

10–Herb Crusted Filet of Beef
17–Blackened Red Snapper
7–Vegetable Napoleon

Ok. So check it out..#1 that’s a lot of veggie options! Go team!! We could talk at length about the quality of said option–a stack of eggplant and zucchini most likely? Not too exciting. These veggie diners must be committed. Filet of Beef sounds more appetizing. And it got a bunch of votes–at least it sounds like a fancier option–herb crusted? But the 2-1 winner–red snapper.

It’s pretty impressive to see that so many people are not choosing meat! It seems like we are indeed winning the battle to have people become more mindful and eat less meat!

However, red snapper. Not too impressive. This is a fish that is on the Monterrey Bay fish to avoid list. It is overfished and in decline.

It makes me so sad that people just aren’t yet aware of how their desire to be healthy–and eat less red meat–impacts wild fish stock! I’d rather that people eat the beef, as at least that is farmed–and we can make more.

This dinner is held at a university with a bunch of academics–if these people (whole foods shoppers all, I imagine) don’t know, then who does?

I’m glad to see that whole foods is making some choices in the fish they carry, but we need to find a way to get caterers (and diners) make these choices too!

My best pal’s wedding is a nice case in point. To be held at a downtown restaurant, the dinner has a veggie option but also feature arctic char. This is a fish I really know zero about, but the Monterey Bay list helpfully informed me that this a good choice! Whew!! Arctic char, unlike its name suggests, is not actually from the arctic, but is farm-raised. And unlike farm-raised salmon, it is primarily grown in-land–so the risks of contaminating wild fish stocks is pretty darn low!

The Monterrey Bay Fish List is a pretty cool resource. It’s neat to see that a museum is able to be an agent of change! Go to theirwebsite and you can download a regionally appropriate pocket guide to seafood!

marketing the garden lifestyle

Whew, I think i’ve seen it all. Williams Sonoma is now carrying chicken coops!!! Whaaa??!

And beehives. Wow. Some kind of sea change is happening out there that people think there’s enough interest and moola behind this “agrarian” urge. Their new line is called agrarian and it’s available at some stores. It is no cheap friends. The funniest thing is a roll of hardware cloth 25′ long for 59.95!! It’s called predator control kit for your coop. Guess it is hard these days to find an old fashioned place that sells this stuff, but really if you look hard enough you can find it at home depot. For WAY cheaper.

They are also selling plants. A tiny rosemary for 12.95. Cute burlap package though. And some apple trees. This makes me sad–they’re selling golden and red delicious??! Guess their market wizards said that they should stick to recognizable things. Interesting times–can’t believe the big retailers are trying to cash in on this. Kind of cool, but I don’t see how it’s going to work!