One of Austin’s best restaurants has teamed with seafood wholesaler Minamoto Foods of Austin for a seafood dinner series that celebrates America’s seafood bounty and benefit charity.
Nathan Lemley and Sarah Heard, chef-owners of Foreign & Domestic (ranked #3 in the recent Austin360 Dining Guide) and Minamoto Foods will welcome chefs Gabe Erales (Comedor), Page Pressley (Swedish Hill), Shane Stark (Mongers Restaurant and Market) and Jay Huang (Lucky Robot) for a multi-course meal Monday night. The dinner will be the first in a series for Minamoto, which will also host dinners in San Antonio, Dallas and Houston.
Each chef will cook a course based on availability, but organizers say diners could expect live sea scallops from the FV Hotate in Gloucester, Mass., fluke from the FV Viking Rose in Barnegat Light, N.J. and swordfish belly from the FV Alexandria Dawn in New Jersey.
Organizers say the dinner series “has been created to further the conversation and shine a light on the people who catch our fish. In a time where the dining public is starting to desire heirloom vegetables, herbs, heritage flours, local ranches and heritage animals, Minamoto looks to bring transparency to an industry long known for being dishonest and misleading. Instead of the local first ethos commonplace in the Austin Market, Minamoto is committed to supporting the best fisherman regardless of location.”
The meal will be paired at additional cost with selections from Genji Sake and an assortment of wines from Mark Huddleston and Paul Ozbirn of Parker Wolf Wines.
Profits from the SeaChange dinner in Austin will benefit the disaster relief work done by the World Central Kitchen led by Chef Jose Andres, and future charities that benefit from the dinners will be those that focus on small scale American fisheries and NGO's that protect and promote them.
The dinners costs $75 (pairings are an additional $35) and reservations for the 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. seatings at Foreign and Domestic can be made on the restaurant’s OpenTable page or by calling 512-459-1010.