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The Power of 3 Great Chefs helps Gulf Fishermen
September 28th, 2010 • No Comments
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C-House Chicago Top Chefs Dinner to Benefit Friends of The Fisherman
September 24th, 2010 • No Comments
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Top Chef Masters Marcus Samuelsson of C-House (166 East Superior) and Guest Chef Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia (980 North Michigan) will co-host a special evening at C-House on Monday, September 27th at 6 p.m.

This sit-down dinner will showcase Marcus and Tony’s favorite home cooked dishes, featured in their respective cookbooks, New American Table and Wine Bar Food, followed by a dessert reception where guests can interact with the Chef’s and have cookbooks signed by two of Chicago’s Top Chef Masters.

To add to the family style ambiance, large format craft beers from Goose Island Brewery will be served.

A portion of the proceeds from this dinner will benefit Friends of the Fisherman, www.friendsofthefisherman.org

“Friends of the Fisherman, www.friendsofthefisherman.org, the officially endorsed fund of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board created as a way to help Louisiana’s fishermen in their greatest time of need.”

Lt. Gov. Scott Angelle to Host “Geaux with Gulf Seafood Event” at LSU tailgate Sat. 18, 2010
September 17th, 2010 • No Comments
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BATON ROUGE – On Saturday, September 18, Lieutenant Governor Scott Angelle will host the Geaux with Gulf Seafood event in Zatarain’s Tiger One Village at LSU in Baton Rouge. Geaux with Gulf Seafood is a partnership between the Louisiana Office of the Lieutenant Governor, the Louisiana Seafood Marketing and Promotion Board, and the Mississippi Seafood Marketing Program. The event will begin at 1:00 p.m. and last until 5:00 p.m

“While we in Louisiana and our friends along the Gulf Coast understand that our deliciousseafood is safe to eat and readily available, the rest of the country may not be so well informed,” said Lt. Governor Scott Angelle. “We need to be ambassadors for Gulf seafood and encourage everyone in America to Geaux with Gulf Seafood.”

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism have released three perception studies indicating that our national audience believes that gulf seafood is putting Louisiana patrons at risk.

“In Louisiana, tourism and seafood go hand in hand,” said Lt. Governor Angelle. “We need to do our part to support our Gulf fishermen while telling the true story of Gulf seafood.”

Geaux with Gulf Seafood will feature a cook-off between Louisiana Seafood King Chef Chris Lusk and Bronze Mississippi Seafood King Chef Glen Clarke. Representatives from the Louisiana Seafood Marketing and Promotion Board and the Mississippi Seafood Marketing Program will be on hand distributing giveaways to attendees.

WHO: Lieutenant Governor Scott Angelle

WHAT: Lieutenant Governor Scott Angelle hosts Geaux for Gulf Seafood event.

WHEN: Saturday, September 18, 2010 4:00 PM

WHERE: Zatarain’s Tiger One Village

Outside of Pete Maravich Assembly Center
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA

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CBS Early Show (8/25/2010)
August 25th, 2010 • No Comments
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CBS Early Show Video: Proclaiming Gulf Seafood is SAFE! & then shows the nation how to have a crab and shrimp…

Louisiana Fishermen Tell Congress To Eat Gulf Seafood
August 23rd, 2010 • No Comments
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Shrimpers, oystermen say seafood is safe

August 19, 2010 Washington, DC – Three members of the Gulf seafood community testifying before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment told legislators today they still eat Gulf seafood and “feed it to [their] families.”

In response to questions from the Subcommittee chair, Rep. Edward Markey, Mike Voisin of Motivatit Seafoods, Acy Cooper Jr. of the Louisiana Shrimp Association and Dean Blanchard of Dean Blanchard Seafoods all said they eat Gulf seafood and are confident of its integrity.

“The seafood is wholesome and safe and I want Americans to know that,” said Voisin.

“We’re not gonna sell ‘em nuthin’ I wouldn’t eat myself,” said Blanchard.

The shrimpers and oystermen said they we confident enough in their product to not only sell it to consumers but serve it to their own families.

The hearing included testimony from Federal regulators including the Food and Drug Administration, whose acting deputy director at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Donald Kraemer, said, “We are confident that the program FDA has put together is sufficiently protective… [Gulf seafood] is essentially at the same level of safety as it was before the spill.”

In his testimony Voisin noted, “NOAA and the FDA have collected 5,658 specimens, and NOAA reports that all of its samples have been at least 100 to 1,000 times below the threshold level of concern, so these samples are not just passing – they are passing with a huge margin of safety.”

Voisin is the former Chairman of the National Fisheries Institute and this is his second time testifying before congress since the Gulf oil spill.

For more than 60 years, the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) and its members have provided American families with the variety of sustainable seafood essential to a healthy diet. For more information visit: www.AboutSeafood.com.