Slow Food New Orleans announces it will host Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans: Gateway to the Americas, March 10-13, 2016 at the Old US Mint and French Market. Slow Fish is Slow Food event that is an international gathering of fishers, scientists, chefs, students and food artisans to address the many environmental, ecological, economic and political challenges that impact fisheries, habitats, oceans, sustainable fishers and cultural seafood systems. Slow Fish has been held every two years in Genoa, Italy. Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans will be the first time the event will be held in the western hemisphere.
Since March is 9 months away and we all need to beat the heat, Slow Food New Orleans is hosting Fish Tales & Cocktails, a by-catch happy hour on Monday July 13 6-8p at L’Entrepot, 527 Julia Street in New Orleans. The event is the first of several events leading-up to Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans: Gateway to the Americas. The happy hour will feature small plates of locally sourced seafood, not normally served in restaurants, prepared by Chefs Dana & Christina Honn of Cafe Carmo, Chef Alex Harrell of Angeline and Chef Michael Doyle of Maurepas Foods. Admission and live music are free with small plates and seasonal cocktails available for purchase.
“Gateway to the Americas” is the theme of Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans. New Orleans was once known as the “Gateway to the Americas” as it is the central port of trade connecting North America with Central and South America. Thus, the theme was selected as both a tribute to New Orleans’ history and to invite Slow Fish & Slow Food delegates throughout the Americas to come to New Orleans.
Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans will be both a convening of Slow Fish delegates from around the world and also a public seafood festival. The conference portion of Slow Fish will be held primarily in the Old US Mint. Slow Fish/Slow Food delegates from around the world will gather to discuss issues impacting fisheries and oceans and develop strategies to promote small-scale fisheries and preserve heritage seafood traditions. The festival will be held both on the grounds of the Old US Mint and at the Historic French Market. The festival is designed to engage the public in a celebration of the diversity of fishing and culinary cultures across the Americas to promote the Slow Food mission of Good, Clean and Fair Food for Everyone.
In addition to the conference and festival, Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans will feature a traditional Lenten Friday Night Fish Fry at the French Market, tours of Louisiana’s rapidly disappearing wetlands and coast and other events around town and throughout the region.
Slow Food New Orleans recently sent a delegation to Slow Fish 2015 held in Genoa, Italy at the historic Porto Antico. The delegation included Slow Food New Orleans Chair Gary Granata, Chef and Co-Chair Dana Honn and his wife Chef Christina Honn. Chefs Dana & Christina participated in the Chef’s Alliance Kitchen and delighted conference attendees with Louisiana Seafood Sauce Piquant served with organic grits and cornbread. Dr. Granata presented “Louisiana is Washing Away” during two separate sessions in which Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans was officially announced. All three delegates participated in several workshops and panels that addressed the many environmental, ecological, economic and political challenges that impact fisheries and sustainable fishers … conversations that will continue at Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans.
Dana Honn – Co-chair, Slow Food New Orleans