Cooking for Solutions: Great Chefs, Wine, and Demos at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Cooking for solutions

Sustainable Foods Celebration at a previous year's Cooking For Solutions

The 10th Annual Cooking for Solutions celebration, May 20-22 at Monterey Bay Aquarium, features more than 70 chefs, 60 wineries, plus sustainable seafood and much, much more. The event is billed as an “elegant and engaging way to discover how your choices protect the health of soil, water and ocean wildlife.”

The Friday night festivities have been sold out for some time, but Saturday and Sunday feature many activities to choose from – including events that are free with regular Aquarium admission. Highlights of the programs that do cost extra: Alton Brown from The Food Network appears on Saturday (sold out) and Sunday (not sold out), and Robert Irvine from Dinner: Impossible appears on Saturday (not sold out). For more info see event web site.

If you want to learn more about sustainable seafood, organic agriculture and sustainable winemaking at information booths, you can do this for free at the Sustainable Foods Celebration (at Aquarium galleries Sat/Sun 10am-6pm) once you’ve paid regular Aquarium admission. You can attend cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs, sample sustainable, seafood (from the Whole Foods Market Seafood team), taste produce from local farmers, and taste other products including Santa Cruz’s own Penny Ice Creamery ice cream.

I highly recommend catching Mark Dommen’s free demos on Saturday or Sunday. The talented chef is from One Market in San Francisco. Here is a crab cake recipe he shared with my readers on

  • Sat 1:30-2:15pm: Dommen cooks Cedar Plank Grilled Wild Alaskan Salmon with spicy greens and warm miso vinaigrette
  • Sun 11:45am-12:30pm: Dommen prepares Pan Seared Pacific Cod with a curry mint vinaigrette

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