Penobscot Marine Museum (PMM) will host the first Maine Marine Fare, a celebration of foods from Maine waters, on Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10. The two days will include talks and tastings featuring fishermen, food producers, aquaculturists, researchers and members of the food and hospitality trades.
Keynote speaker will be author Paul Greenberg (“Four Fish,”“American Catch,” PBS Frontline’s “The Fish on My Plate”). Greenberg, who is a James Beard Award winner and an avid fisherman, will talk about the state of the seas and the abundance, or scarcity, of seafood.
Saturday will continue with panel discussions on subjects from the past, present and future. Natalie Springuel of Maine Sea Grant will chair a panel on the Gulf of Maine’s wild fisheries, while Sebastian Belle of the Maine Aquaculture Association will chair a panel on sea farming, including fish and vegetables, and a new effort to promote land-based fish farming. Saturday will conclude with Polly Saltonstall, editor in chief of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, and a panel devoted to seafood marketing.
On Sunday, chefs and food writers, starting with Sandy Oliver, of Islesboro, Maine’s premiere food historian, will discuss and demonstrate how to use Gulf of Maine seafood. There will be a tasting of oysters from different places along the Maine coast, and a tasting of smoked seafoods.
A panel of Maine chefs, moderated by food writer Nancy Harmon Jenkins, will consider what we are eating from our waters now. Panelists will include several James Beard nominees who favor Maine seafood, as well as some nontraditional food personalities who have brought new perspectives to Maine dining. Penobscot Marine Museum Collections Manager/Curator Cipperly Good will moderate a panel of Maine journalists who will consider how consumers and producers alike can support healthy, healthful, sustainable and economically viable Maine fisheries.
Maine Marine Fare will conclude with “Food from Our Seas,” a dinner prepared by chef Sam Hayward with the assistance of Ladleah Dunn. Sam Hayward, co-owner and executive chef of Fore Street Restaurant in Portland, has been named Best Chef in the Northeast by the James Beard Association, and has been dubbed “Maine’s Food Hero” for his promotion and innovative use of Maine food products “from the land, the sea, and everywhere in between.” Ladleah Dunn is a chef, gardener, food consultant and boatbuilder in Lincolnville.
Tickets are $15 for Saturday’s discussions; $40 for Sunday, including demonstrations; and $75 for the Sunday night dinner. Saturday and Sunday tickets include museum admission. PMM member discounts are available. For tickets or more information, visit www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 548-2529.
Date: Sept 9-10
Location: Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, Maine