Meal-kit provider Trashfish to highlight “under-loved” seafood species in upcoming dinner series

Sustainable meal-kit provider Trashfish has united with produce-focused home delivery company Imperfect Produce to highlight “under-loved” seafood species for a special one-night dinner event, to be held on Sunday, 25 March, in Venice, California, U.S.A.

The meal will consist of five courses prepared by chef Huntley See at the Feastly Kitchen restaurant. Sourcing experts from both Trashfish and Imperfect Produce will assist chef See during the dinner, which is intended “to expand diners’ seafood and produce palates and celebrate the produce and seafood that too often gets left behind,” the companies explained in a press release. 

Wild-caught California bycatch and baitfish, including bait squid, will be on the menu, as well as opah carbonara with seasonal citrus uni butter, mussels, and whole Pacific sardines served over an imperfect citrus salad. Guests can also supplement their meal with locally-sourced oyster shooters. 

The meal will present an opportunity for consumers to safely expand their tastes in both seafood and produce, according to the dinner’s hosts.

“Almost 80 percent of the seafood Americans eat is made up of just three types of fish,” Trashfish Owner Ren Ostry said. “At this rate, we are at risk of depleting fish populations and we demand a major global infrastructure to match our cravings. Our mission is to safely expand consumers’ seafood palates and celebrate the full bounty of our local harbor.”

Tickets (USD 50, EUR 40) for the event, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, 25 March, are available on the Feastly Kitchen website. The upcoming dinner will be the first in a series of meals focused on elevating under-loved and under-utilized species, Trashfish said.  

“We're excited to work with Trashfish to celebrate under-loved produce and fish and to raise awareness about waste in a fun and delicious way,” Imperfect Product Community Manager Emily Carter said. “One in five fruits and veggies grown in the U.S. never makes it off the farm, typically because it doesn’t meet the strict cosmetic standards of grocery stores. Imperfect works directly with farmers to find a home for this ‘ugly’ produce through a subscription box delivery.”


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