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Eating with the Ecosystem “Cook a Fish, Give a Fish” Zoom Cooking Class

September 29, 2020 @ 5:30 pm 7:30 pm

Session 5

The chef for this online seafood cooking class will be Branden Read! Branden is the executive chef at Celestial Cafe in Exeter. Branden has worked with Eating with the Ecosystem in the past and is known for his love of fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. For this class, Branden will teach guests how to prepare Monkfish! Monkfish while not the most beautiful looking fish is absolutely delicious! Monkfish is sometimes called poor man’s lobster because of its sweet mild flavor, and lobster tail like meaty texture!

The saying goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” But what happens if this man doesn’t know how to cook fish? 

Today, too many people find themselves in this position. If you’re one of them – or if you’re a hobbyist who loves sharing your seafood zeal with others – then “Cook a Fish, Give a Fish” classes are for you! 

Each small-group online class is led by a different chef. Participants learn how to cook with a different local species each session, starting with the whole fish and producing a finished meal for your family to enjoy. Make new friends from the comfort of your kitchen while gaining insights into ways a skilled chef approaches seafood!

Organized by the Commercial Fisheries Center of RI, Eating with the Ecosystem, and the Rhode Island Food Policy Council, these classes not only stream intimate seafood education to you in the comfort of your own home; they also raise funds to share local seafood with Ocean State families who cannot afford it themselves. Proceeds from ticket sales will be used to purchase and package local seafood for families who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 economic crisis. Proceeds from your ticket cover the cost of 10 meals for Rhode Islanders in need!

What to expect at a “Cook a Fish, Give a Fish!” class:

1. One week before the class, the chef sends out a recipe and a list of required implements.

2. You are responsible for sourcing all of your own ingredients, including the fish. Organizers are on hand to provide advice on sourcing (and substitutions, if needed).

3. On the evening of the event, gather your family, roommates, or pets (or kick them all out and enjoy some well earned time to yourself). These classes are also a great way to connect for those who live alone and are starved for human interaction! Assemble your ingredients, grab your favorite beverage and log into a Zoom video chat. 

4. Classes are facilitated by Kate Masury of Eating with the Ecosystem. Culinary instructions are provided by the guest chef. Whenever possible, a guest fisherman will be on hand to offer glimpses of what it’s like to harvest seafood for a living. This is a social setting, and you are invited to relax and interact! 

5. As the chef cooks in his or her home kitchen, you follow the same steps in your kitchen. And voila! Your local seafood meal is ready to eat!

6. Proceeds from ticket sales are used by the Commercial Fisheries Center to purchase and package seafood meals for families who are struggling during these difficult times. 

What you’ll get: guidance on buying and sourcing local fish ahead of time, a delicious recipe, and step-by-step guidance through an intimate group video with the chef (max 10 parties). 

$75