The 4th annual OFF THE HOOK Seafood Festival celebrates National Seafood Month on the iconicSanta Monica PieronSaturday, Oct. 6, 2018 from4-7 PM(VIP access at 3PM). The event features tastings from the city’s best seafood restaurants and chefs, live music, the popular oyster shucking competition, sustainable seafood VIP Lounge and more. This seafood-loving food fest is100% free of single-use plasticsand benefitsHeal the Baywho help to keep our oceans, waves and beaches clean.
“We are delighted to be part of this year’s OFF THE HOOK,” said Apryl Boyle, Associate Director of Heal the Bay Santa Monica Aquarium, “This event brings together the best restaurants and seafood dishes while also helping to draw awareness for sustainability and ocean friendly lifestyle practices.”
This year’s festival will feature Santa Monica’s top chef’s showcasing dishes with their underwater ingredients such asoysters, baja kanpachi, ahi handrolls, shrimp mac and cheese, lobster rollsand more. Participants include Chef and RestauranteurJason FulliloveofBarbara Jean, Barbara PollastranifromHeroic DeliandGovind ArmstrongfromThe Lobster,and bites from other amazing restaurants such asBOA,Sushi Roku,Herringbone,Red O,Blue Plate Oysterette,1212 Santa Monica,The Albright,T MBI Craft Indian Kitchen,Del Frisco’s Grille,Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken,Enterprise Fish Co.,Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.,TrashFish Box,Jimmy’s Famous American Tavernand more.
The OFF THE HOOK Oyster Shucking Competition, sponsored by The Albright,is always a crowd favorite where competitors battle it out for “Best in Shuck.” TheHeal the Bay Santa Monica Aquarium, located directly under the Pier, will also be offering free entry to VIP ticket holders.
Tickets are $50.00 in advance for general admission, which include tastings, access to beer and wine garden, spirits tasting, live music, games and more and VIP tickets are $85.00 in advance and include early entry at 3 p.m. and access to the Sustainable Seafood VIP Lounge with curated cocktails and specialty seafood dishes from FIG, Barbara Jean, and Omega Blue Seafood.
OFF THE HOOK is proudly sponsored byPeroni/Blue Moon, Odwalla, The Albright, Getaround, Kevita, Fresh Wata, Kikori Whiskey, Cheeky Plates, Get Around, Eco Eats Party Ware, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Buy Local Santa Monica, Santa Monica Daily Press, LA Weekly, Angeleno, ATOD MagazineandYelp.
A portion of proceeds will benefit Heal the Bay to help preserve our local oceans, waves, and beaches for future generations. Tickets are available now www.offthehookseafoodfest.com.
ABOUT HEAL THE BAY:
Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy and clean. To fulfill our mission, we use science, education, community action, and advocacy. Learn more at www.healthebay.org.
Featuring Seafood Tastings from the Westside’s Best Restaurants and Chefs and a Sustainable Seafood VIP Lounge presented by Capital One Café and Santa Monica Seafood
OFF THE HOOK Seafood Festival splashes onto the historic Santa Monica Pier in celebration of National Seafood Month on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 from 4-7 p.m. Presented by Capital One, the 3rd annual seafood tasting event features chefs from around the Westside showcasing their favorite underwater ingredients. Attendees will enjoy food and drink tastings from restaurants such as Herringbone, Tar & Roses, FIG, Sushi Rokuand The Lobster, beer and wine gardens, live music, games, an oyster shucking competition and more, all while helping to raise funds and awareness for the Surfrider Foundation Los Angeles Chapter.
“Off the Hook is a great way for us to spread the word about how to help preserve and protect our great oceans,” said Surfrider Los Angeles Chapter Coordinator, Graham Hamilton. “In an effort to help build a more sustainable future, this year’s event will be free of all single-use plastic containers using all recyclable cups, straws and disposable items. We hope that all who attend this event will not only enjoy great seafood, but learn about ways to reduce their single-use plastic footprint in their everyday lives and help build a more sustainable future for ocean ecosystems.”
This year’s festival will honor those who have made an impact on the sustainable seafood movement including Greg Moreno; Owner The Albright, Pappy’s Kitchen and Cast Iron Catering. Greg and Yunnie Kim Morena and their team have been trailblazers in sustainability and greening efforts and are recognized as the first sustainable business on the Pier being awarded the 2016 SQA Award. Actress, Environmental Activist, and Director of Surfrider LA’s Ocean Friendly Restaurant Program, Emily Swallow, will also be honored. Emily has worked tirelessly to curate awareness programs and get restaurants on-boarded in the process. Finally, James Arthur Smith, Co- Founder of Omega Blue Seafood a sustainable seafood import, distribution, and marketing company which promotes sustainable seafood to local restaurants throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. Attendees can meet and chat with all honorees in the Community Programming tent educating the community on how to live more sustainably; sponsored by Surfrider Foundation and Omega Blue Seafood.
The Albright, will be sponsoring this year’s raw oyster bar and 2017 Oyster Shucking Competition, where professional and novice “shuckers” will compete on presentation, time and overall ability. To sign up to compete, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chef and Restaurateur Andrew Kirschner of Tar & Roses and Chef Yousef Ghalaini from FIG at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows will be among the many restaurants participating along with The Lobster, BOA, Sushi Roku, Herringbone, Red O, Butchers Daughter, 1212 Santa Monica, The Albright, Enterprise Fish Co, Del Frisco’s Grille, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Spinfish Poke House, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Pretty Little Bakers, and many more.
Tickets are $50.00 in advance for general admission, which include tastings, access to beer and wine garden, spirits tasting, live music, games and more and VIP tickets are $75.00 in advance and include early entry at 3 p.m. and access to the Capital One Cafe Sustainable Seafood VIP Lounge sponsored by Santa Monica Seafood, with curated cocktails from Kikori Whiskey and specialty seafood dishes from FIG, Tar & Roses, Red O and more.
OFF THE HOOK is proudly sponsored by Capital One, Santa Monica Seafood, Spin PR Group, Miller/Coors, La Croix, Aardvark Straws, The Albright. RX Bar, Pasta Chips, La Columbe, Free Bird Rides, Kikori Whiskey, Fresh Wata, Boxed Water, Deep Eddie Vodka, Farm Fresh to You, Lifeway, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Buy Local Santa Monica, Santa Monica Daily Press, LA Weekly and Yelp.
A portion of proceeds will benefit Surfrider Foundation Los Angeles to help preserve our local oceans, waves, and beaches for future generations. Tickets are available now at www.offthehookseafoodfest.com.
ABOUT SURFRIDER FOUNDATION LOS ANGELES:
The Surfrider Foundation is a volunteer based, environmental non-profit group dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches. Through a powerful activist network, the Los Angeles Chapter protects 31 miles of coastline from County Line to Ballona Creek and Inland. For more information, visit http://la.surfrider.org.
ABOUT CAPITAL ONE CAFÉ:
The Capital One Café offers a new type of banking in Santa Monica, CA with an inviting, comfortable place where you can go to bank, get answers to your financial questions, recharge your devices, or simply hang out with some on-the-house Wi-Fi, all with a handcrafted Peet’s® beverage and local pastry in hand. Capital One Café is located at 401 Broadway Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit http://www.capitalone.com/local/losangeles-santamonica.