Sustainable BBQ Puts an Eco-Friendly Twist on a Summer Favorite

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sustainable fish bbqFish is an integral component of a healthy diet, but it can come with a hefty price tag. An increasing number of mouths to feed coupled with the health benefits of fish has wreaked havoc on the world’s fisheries and the health of our oceans. Good news—we can still eat fish tacos and walk away with a clear conscience!

The Orange County Chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) will team up with the nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific’s Seafood for the Future program to put a healthy and sustainable twist on Baja fish tacos with a Sustainable Summer BBQ on Saturday, August 7 at Shelter Surf Shop on Fourth Street.

Don’t Miss the Baja Fish Tacos

With the retro California surf vibe of Shelter Surf Shop and the folksy surf music of Seth Pettersen, guests will feel like they’ve just stepped off the beach; a perfect backdrop for Baja-style beach cuisine. Why Baja fish tacos? It is summer time in Southern California and Baja-style eats are about as much a part of our culture as 405 traffic. Such close proximity to Mexico has lent the region a beautiful mosaic of different strains of Mexican cooking, especially that of Baja.

Baja-style Menu Showcases Sustainable Food

Jumpstarting the guests’ palates for an evening of food for thought, a trio of creative salsas will be served with chips. Then, between bites of bright, citrusy and refreshing ceviche on crunchy fried corn tortillas, Chef Andrew Gruel and Marine Biologist Dave Anderson of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Seafood for the Future will marry culinary creations and scientific facts to educate guests about the impacts that our seafood choices have on the oceans. Finally, local and fresh grilled Mahi Mahi tacos drizzled with a Baja style cream sauce will be served with ice cold cerveza.

Join the AIWF and the Aquarium’s Seafood for the Future to eat, drink, learn, and connect over Baja inspired fish tacos with a conscience. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at Shelter Surf Shop, 2148 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814. A $10 donation will be requested in exchange for food and beer. This event is for the 21 and older crowd.

Seafood for the Future is the Aquarium of the Pacific’s nonprofit advisory and promotional program dedicated to encouraging healthy and responsible seafood choices as well as overall sustainable eating habits. The program bridges the gap between retail entities and the consumer by building a network of businesses- restaurants, distributors, and producers- that are committed to providing better seafood choices from well-managed fisheries or farms.

The American Institute of Wine and Food is a nonprofit organization and public charity dedicated to promoting health and well-being through the enjoyment of good food, drink, and fellowship that comes from dining together around the table. Known for its signature program Days of Taste where chefs and farmers teach fourth and fifth graders how food moves from farm to table, the AIWF has 27 chapters with more than 4,000 members nationwide.

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