Sea Grant Partners on Chef 'Seafood Throwdown' at Third Annual Grown on Long Island Day
Marine Fisheries Resource Center - Press Release

Third Annual Grown on Long Island Day Slated for Friday, August 9 in Yaphank — This year's event will include a farm food challenge and chef 'Seafood Throwdown,' the latter a unique cooking competition that showcases the importance of local seafood in restoring a healthy ocean ecosystem

August 5, 2013, Yaphank, NY - The third annual countywide farmers market, Grown on Long Island Day, will be held at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 350 Yaphank Avenue in Yaphank from 10 am to 2 pm.

Admission to the event is free. Fresh local produce, including seafood, vegetables & fruits, wine, local artisan cheeses and jams, and Long Island grown perennials will be available for purchase from local farmers. Come and enjoy games and activities for kids as well as $2 wagon rides. Explore the century-old working farm, visit our animals and learn about historic and modern agriculture. Visit for more information.  

As part of the day, New York Sea Grant is hosting the second annual Chef Seafood Throwdown—two local chefs will prepare a dish using two “mystery ingredients” consisting of local seafood and fresh produce from the market.

The throwdown, the third of its kind in the last year that NYSG has partnered on in metro NY and on Long Island, promises to be another fun, educational and community-driven activity designed to highlight the many health benefits of a seafood diet and the importance of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) "community-supported fisheries" concept — supporting small family-owned and operated fishing businesses in feeding New Yorkers and helping to sustain our coastal economies. For more, see NOAA's related news item, "Laying a Solid Foundation for Community Supported Fisheries."

NYSG Fisheries Specialist Antoinette Clemetson said, “Fishermen share many commonalities with small farmers and we are seeking ways to work with fishing businesses to establish community supported fisheries programs such as those models that have been successfully applied on small farms.”

Chef Bhavani Jaroff of Slow Foods and host of the iEat Green radio show will go “grill-to-grill” with Chef Okima Wilcox of Blondies in Huntington. The dishes will then be judged by a panel of guest judges. The Throwdown begins at 10:00am with judging held at 11:30am. For the second year, radio personality Bonnie Grice of WPPB Southampton will emcee, educate and entertain.

Clemetson adds that she is “excited to work with our chefs to demonstrate the ease and versatility of preparing seafood, so that consumers can appreciate small diet changes can improve their health while supporting local businesses.”

Another food related event, a Kids Sandwich Food Challenge for ages 9 and over, will be held at 11am. Come with your favorite bread and we will provide the rest! Participants will "shop" at select vendors to make their sandwich creation. $5 entry fee. (Register in advance at 631-852-4602)

At the Seafood Throwdown 2012 at Suffolk County Farm in Yaphand, Foodies Chef Bryan Futerman (left) went "grill to grill" with TR's chef Tom Rutnya with radio personality Bonnie Grice calling the play by play. In a close throwdown, Futerman bested Rutnya with his preparation of "Porgies and Beets" using the mystery ingredients of local porgy and fresh Long Island beets. What will the mystery ingredients be at the second annual throwdown on Friday, August 9?

The winning dish at New York Sea Grant / Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County's August 2012 Seafood Throwdown was chef Futerman of Foody's: bouillabaisse of local porgy, clams, golden beets, string beans, corn, fingerling potatoes in a saffron infused broth using local Paumanok Vineyards wine. For more information on this event, see NYSG's pre-event news item. Photo courtesy of Barbara Ann Branca, New York Sea Grant.

Chef Rutyna's dish at New York Sea Grant / Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County's August 2012 Seafood Throwdown had the porgy swimming in a pool of red beet infused broth with clams, mussels and beet greens, with a tasty aioli drizzled on top. For more information on this event, see NYSG's pre-event news item. Photo courtesy of The Suffolk Bon Vivant Society.

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NSGCP engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources. Through its statewide network of integrated services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources since 1971.

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