For Immediate Release
June 27, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today joined four local chefs and food experts from around the region to celebrate Boston’s commitment to Farmers’ Markets with the first “Seafood Throw Down” cook-off.
“Our incredible farmers’ markets are a critical factor in making Boston a greener city and a leader in both health and sustainability,” Mayor Menino said. “In order for Boston to be have a stronger healthy local food system, we must be a City where all of us work together to ensure that residents, workers and visitors have access to healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables that they can afford. So I want to thank everyone for working together, and for all that you are doing to improve our public health.”
Chefs Chris Douglass from Ashmont Grill; Dana Love from Kingston Station; Tony Barros from Restaurante Cesaria; and Ryan Byrne from The Franklin Café duked it out for bragging rights, cooking a variety of dishes. In the end, Chef Love took home the honors with his “Summer Bluefish with Avocado Mousse.”
This is the first time in more than 70 years that day-boat fish (36 hours from ocean to market) has been made systematically available directly for Boston residents and workers. Access to fresh, healthy food in city neighborhoods has always been a priority of the mayor’s, and Boston has long been recognized as a national leader in this area.
Since 2004 the number of summer time markets has doubled from 13 to 26. The city has further been innovative with the Boston Bounty Bucks program, allowing SNAP recipients to double their dollars when they shop at Farmers’ Markets. In fact, a federal program based on "Boston Bounty Bucks" will soon start in cities across America with $20 million in funding in the recently passed Farm Bill.
At today’s event, Mayor Menino was proud to announce that Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare is making a $30,000 donation to Boston Bounty Bucks.
While Massachusetts has one of the largest seafood industries in the United States, retail access to day-boat fish is largely non-existent. Last month, Mayor Menino announced a first-of-its-kind program putting day-boat fish from Red’s Best Seafood and Cape Cod Fish Share into nine of the city’s Farmers’ Markets.
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“I am so excited that Boston now has fish available at Farmer's Markets. Finding a good fishmonger is not easy -- there just aren't that many around,” said Chris Douglass, of Ashmont Grill. “The fish that Red's Best and the Cape Cod Fish Share sell is as good as you can get anywhere. Absolutely fresh, well handled from sea to market and reliably traceable all of which means consumers can rest assured they know what fish they are buying, where it was caught and that it will be delicious.”
The mayor would also like to thank his fellow judges for today’s event: Ilene Bezahler from Edible Boston, Niaz Dorry from the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, and Vickey Siggers, manager of the Mattapan Farmers’ Market.