Teach a Man to Fish - Fact Sheet

An example of what one woman, armed with a little determination and a lot of caffeine can do.



  • I launched Teach a Man to Fish in October 2007.
  • First event on The Leather District Gourmet blog included over 2 dozen recipes, Barton Seaver, Peter Pahk, two videos.
  • Recognized by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, invited to Sustainability Institute and Cooking for Solutions in acknowledgement of effort.


  • In 2008 TAMTF netted 43 recipes from 10 countries, 10 states in the US; nine professional chefs - including Rick Moonen returning; Barton Seaver, Dory Ford of Portola at the Monterey Bay Aquarium; Peter Pahk, Stuart Brioza, Chef Kin Wai Lui of Tataki -the first sustainable sushi restaurant.
  • Award-winning food writers, and a sushi concierge also participated.
  • Two additional videos added to resource guide.
  • First annual Flying Fish Award to Lia Huber for Five-step Action Plan for Talking to your Fishmonger
  • Included in Utne Reader’s Special Online Project: Sustainable Seafood



  • Noted in Sustainable Ocean Project
  • Participants included Chocolate & Zucchini blogger Clotilde Dusoulier, Matt Wright, Rebecca Katz double IACP winner; two top chef contestants, author Langdon Cook, and more.
  • The second annual Flying Fish Award - "for going above and beyond" went to Casson Trenor, recognized by Time Magazine along with his partners, Chefs Kin Lui and Raymond Ho, he started the Sustainable Sushi trend.
  • Barton Seaver won Esquire's Chef of the Year award for making sustainability center of the plate. He also became a fellow at the Blue Ocean Institute which co-developed the new chef tutorial along with our own Chefs Collaborative.
  • Sponsors included: FishChoice.com, Alaska Seafood Marketing Inst., Australis Barramundi


Workshops Launched

  • 2009 was also the year I launched Teach a Chef to Fish workshops. These events reached chefs in Boston and in Chicago, included a cooking demo by Radhika Desai (Top Chef Season 5), and participation of ACF members and Shedd Aquarium staff.


  • Presented at the International Boston Seafood Show based on the Teach a Chef to Fish workshop.
  • I participated in a panel discussion at the Slow Food Boston screening of The End of the Line, along with Niaz Dorry of NAMA Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and Cape and Fresh Catch and Jason Clermont of the New England Aquarium.





  • Presented at Tufts Friedman School’s  Farm, Fish and Fowl: Exploring Sustainability Alumni event