Four years of Green Gourmet- Tortuga Music Festival

For the past four years we have participated at the Green Gourmet in the Conservation Village of Rock the Ocean‘s  Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  It has been quite a journey which started when Tony Fins, then working with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, invited Sea Delight to sponsor the seafood used by the Chefs they were working with in 2014.  That year, it was the first time we worked with the talented family team of Chef Mano Calimbichis and Rosana Calimbichis at Big Chef Online; Chef Chris Miracolo at S3 Restaurant; Chef Kareem Anguin, formerly from Oceanaire, Chef Andres Avayú and his wife Alison Avayú from Piccolo Ristorante, and Chef Marcela Guzman from the Culinary School at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale.   Dave Chafin, from Guy Harvey also provided quite the lesson about Lionfish to all those visiting our tent.

In 2015, Tara Wilson from Rock the Ocean invited us again to participate, but this time, we had a more active role: Organize the entire GREEN GOURMET. So here we are, three years later, rain or shine, and we have grown to include Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program and the Fishery Improvement Projects these products are sourced from to tell a story. This has been a labor of love and it has been wonderful to count with the continued support of Big Chef Online, who this year prepared a Grouper and Shrimp Ceviche and Piccolo Ristorante, who delighted us with his Moroccan Spiced Tuna Saku BLT.

This year we also welcomed Chef Ryan Martin from 180 @DRB who prepared an outstanding Snapper Ceviche with coconut milk, mangos, and sriracha sauce; and  John Kinney who donated his delicious Poke King Sauce so we could create Poke Tuna Friday.

We will forever be thankful to not only the Chefs that throughout the years have supported the Green Gourmet, but also to Tara Wilson and Chris Stacey and their team at Rock the Ocean, have provided us with the opportunity to share the work we do towards improving fisheries to become more sustainable, but also share the Conservation Village experience with our friends and coworkers so that they can also learn more about the causes that Rock The Ocean supports. Personally, coming from a family business, it’s very special to see my own children learning about marine conservation thanks to the Conservation Village partners taking the time to teach them about the work they do. After all, they are the future and the work we do to improve fisheries, marine ecosystems, etc., will have an impact on their generation.

THANK YOU to all of you that make this possible every year!   We look forward to next year’s Tortuga Music Festival and improving on the Green Gourmet. We have tons of ideas for 2018.

– Adriana Sánchez, President of the Sea Delight Ocean Fund