National Aquarium, Baltimore, will welcome chefs from some of the area’s best restaurants for the 2013 Fresh Thoughts Sustainable Seafood Dining Series. This is the fifth year the Aquarium has hosted the series celebrating one of the National Restaurant Association’s Top 10 Trends for 2013, sustainable seafood.
Each dinner features a cocktail reception of regional wines and cooking demonstration led by the guest chef, followed by a fine dining experience that includes a four-course menu created solely for the event, all while overlooking the Baltimore Harbor. The event concludes with a stroll through the Aquarium.
“National Restaurant Association’s Top 10 Menu Trends for 2013 highlights how important sustainable seafood is these days,” said Steven Schindler, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for National Aquarium. “This is a trend we’ve been celebrating and promoting for years. The Fresh Thoughts dining series is a great way for people to learn about the importance of sustainability while enjoying an incredibly prepared meal. Just because it is good for you, doesn’t mean it can’t taste good!”
Chef Chris Becker of Fleet Street Kitchen returns to the Fresh Thoughts series after a great showing in 2012. Locally owned and operated, Fleet Street Kitchen features contemporary American cuisine and has received praises from critics at The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore magazine. The menu is an ever-changing collection of seasonally inspired selections with a strong emphasis on locally sourced, ethically raised, sustainable ingredients. Chef Becker will host a dinner on May 21, 2013.
Previous guests chefs have included some of the area’s most celebrated chefs, James Beard Award nominee Bryan Voltaggio (VOLT), Jason Ambrose (Salt), Top Chef Timothy Dean, Thomas Dunklin (B&O American Brasserie), Chad Wells (Alewife), Top Chef Jessie Sandlin (Vino Rosino), Top Chef Jill Snyder, John Shields (Gertrude’s), Antonio Baines (Tapas Teatro), Chris Becker (Fleet Street Kitchen), Top Chef Tamesha Warren (The Oval Room), Galen Sampson (The Dogwood) and Mark Miranda (Rusty Scupper).
Tickets for each dinner are priced at $79 for National Aquarium members and $99 for non-members, or all three dinners can be purchased as a package with a discount of $10 per dinner. Tickets can be purchased at www.aqua.org or by calling 410-576-3869. Fresh Thoughts Sustainable Seafood Dining Series dinners take place at 6:30 p.m. at National Aquarium, Baltimore located at 501 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. The dates of the dinners are February 5, March 19 and May 21, 2013.
National Aquarium is proud to partner with Classic Catering for the Fresh Thoughts Sustainable Seafood Dining Series.
Chef Chris Becker of Fleet Street Kitchen a Baltimore native and veteran of several of the city’s most highly regarded restaurants, Chef Chris maintains deep relationships with local farmers, foragers, and fishermen. His contemporary American cuisine at Fleet Street Kitchen is defined in conjunction with the seasonal produce of Cunningham Farms, the restaurant owner’s farm in Cockeysville.
A graduate of the Baltimore Culinary Institute, Chef Chris spent time in the kitchens at The Brass Elephant, Linwoods, and The Wine Market in Locust Point. He was noted as one of the top “Chefs to Watch” by Baltimore Magazine and identified as one of “Ten Professionals Under 30 to Watch” by the b newspaper.
At Fleet Street Kitchen, Chef Chris combines both traditional and modern techniques, creating elegant dishes that reflect his intense devotion to his craft.
Citrus purees, earl gray tapioca, mint, fennel, olive oil, jalapeno, pickled ramp
Pinot Blanc 2011
English Pea Soup
Ricotta “gnudi”, mint, english pea “tapenade”, parmesan
Pinot Gris 2011
Olive Oil Poached Halibut
Morel mushrooms, ramps, fava beat toretllini, chicken jus, lemon thyme
Estate Cuvee, Pinot Noir 2010
Seared Scallop Confit of Suckling Pig
Soubis, orange, spring onion, fennel seed, pork jus
Kiana Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010, Aliette Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
Strawberry Buckle Cake
Sweet cream, basil, vanilla
Schramsberg Vineyards, Cremant – Demi-Sec 2007