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MHS Hosts Renowned Chef/Author Barton Seaver for October 11 Panel Discussion on Maine’s Seafood Industry

September 27, 2018

Barton Seaver: Michael Piazza photo

Barton Seaver: Michael Piazza photo

Portland, ME: The Maine Historical Society (MHS) brings Barton Seaver, celebrated Maine chef, National Geographic explorer and award-winning author as a featured panelist for a spirited dialogue: Seafood – The Strength of Our Past and the Promise of Our Future. Samples of Maine seafood will be provided attendees following the October 11 discussion and Q & A. Chef Seaver’s newest book, American Seafood: Heritage, Culture & Cookery from Sea to Shining Sea, will also be available for purchase and signing. Tickets are available online or by phone.

Fish and sea life have long been highly valued as natural wonders and resources since the earliest human settlement in our region and remain a strong focus of the Maine economy. Over time, Maine fisheries and lobster expanded in popularity nationally and abroad and continue to have a significant impact in international markets. However, what does the future hold for fish and lobsters in Maine waters? What threats and possibilities exist for their sustainability? And how has Maine seafood heritage changed over time?

“We’re very enthusiastic and honored that Barton Seaver will head our distinguished panel to discuss these issues, along with representatives from the Maine Coast Fisherman’s Association and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute,” adds Steve Bromage, MHS Executive Director.

After years of operating restaurants awarded for their cuisine and environmentally-conscious models, Seaver is currently Director of the Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is focused on restoring human relationships with the ocean, land and each other.

This program complements the year-long exhibition Maine Eats: The Food Revolution Starts Here, on display in the MHS Gallery through February 9, 2019. Integrating historical and contemporary stories of individuals and communities, Maine Eats prompts visitors to think deeply about the story of Maine’s relationship with food, to consider how food is produced and consumed, and how awareness of environmental and technological changes affect food we consume.

Maine Eats is also a statewide initiative designed to bring issues surrounding food to the forefront and to provide context and educational resources to diverse Maine audiences, be they students, tourists, business leaders, policy makers, foodies, farmers and more. Maine Eats is supported by Hannaford Supermarkets, Amato’s, BHA Foundation Fund, Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and Maine Magazine.

What: Seafood: The Strength of Our Past and the Promise of Our Future with Barton Seaver

When: Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Where: MHS

Tickets: $15 general/$10 MHS members; or call 207-774-1822.

For more information:

Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

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