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U of M to host sustainable fisheries cooking competition

Some of the Twin Cities' finest chefs are readying their kitchens this week to receive hundreds of pounds of fish from the waters of Lake Superior. The chefs will turn the fish into haute cuisine samples for A Salute to Lake Superior's Sustainable Fisheries, a first-time Twin Cities event to be held at the University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the University of Minnesota Bookstore at Coffman Union in person, by phone at (612) 625-6000 or online at www.bookstores.umn.edu.

Guests can sample the culinary artistry of award-winning executive chefs such as Eric Baker of the Hilton's Blue Water Grill and Ron Bohnert of the Stoneridge Golf Club in Stillwater. The night's entertainment will be provided by Michael Monroe, a national recording artist who lives along the North Shore. Monroe's guitars incorporate wood from the bottom of Lake Superior.

A Salute to Lake Superior's Sustainable Fisheries was organized by the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program to celebrate Minnesota's commercial fisheries and those involved in its promising future. The event is also a tribute to Sea Grant founder Athelstan Spilhaus, former dean of the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology (now called the College of Science and Engineering). Guest presenters will include Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries manager Don Schreiner and Chef Roland Schaeffer, a three-time gold medalist of an international competition considered to be the "Culinary Olympics."

Earlier in the day, Chef Roland will join two other American Culinary Federation (ACF) judges and Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, Minnesota Monthly's principal food writer, at a related professional chef cook-off. Ten chefs will be preparing a lake herring entrée to compete for ACF honors and a $1,000 prize.

Chef Roland will announce the ACF competition winners at 6 p.m. Along with prizes for the winning chefs, door prizes will be distributed to guests, including sustainably produced wines and seating for two at the exclusive Campus Club at the University of Minnesota.

More information about A Salute to Lake Superior's Sustainable Fisheries and a list of the competing chefs can be found at www.seagrant.umn.edu/fisheries/salute.

Shele and Harley Toftey, owners of Dockside Fish Market in Grand Marias, generously donated the fish for the competition and tasting event. A Salute to Lake Superior's Sustainable Fisheries is possible through Sea Grant's partnership with the ACF and the support of the Minnesota Zoo's Fish Smart Program, the U of M's Water Resources Center, the university's College of Science and Engineering, Minnesota Monthly Magazine and The Fish Guys.

Minnesota Sea Grant facilitates interactions among the public and scientists to enhance the environment and economies along Lake Superior and Minnesota's inland waters by identifying information needs, fostering research and communicating results. Minnesota Sea Grant is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Minnesota. It is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a nationwide network of 32 similar science-based programs.

Posted on October 25, 2011

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