Restaurant dinners

Our restaurant dinners partner with the most trend-setting farm-to-table restaurants in New England to showcase creative ways to cook with the "whole ecosystem"!

Eating with the Ecosystem took a short break from our Restaurant Dinners but we are excited to announce we are launching a new dinner series called Scales & Tales!!!

Scales & Tales: a Seasonal Fundraising Dinner Series 2017

Buy your tickets here: http://eatdrinkri.com/scalesandtales/

Eating with the Ecosystem is partnering with Eat Drink RI to present a series of educational dinners at local restaurants to promote our mission of creating a place-based approach to sustaining New England’s wild seafood. These upscale, seasonal dinners will be fundraisers for our Scales & Tales Mobile Food Boat program.

The Scales & Tales Mobile Food Boat is a skiff (a shallow, flat-bottomed open boat) that our team is converting into a mobile education platform, complete with a cooking demo station. We plan to run free, educational events at farmer’s markets and other public locations showcasing the Food Boat and teaching consumers about our local seafood, fisheries, and ecosystems.

The “Scales” part of the dinner series relates to the meal, where guests will enjoy a multi-course experience, paired with wine, beer, or cocktails. The menu will consist of seasonal and abundant local seafood produced by our marine ecosystems. The “Tales” portion of the evening is an education component, with fishermen and scientists sharing stories and digging deeper into Eating with the Ecosystem’s mission in relation to the marine species being served.

Each dinner is $90 per guest, all inclusive, and begins at 6pm with a welcome cocktail reception, followed by a multi-course seated dinner with drinks. A portion ($30) of each ticket is fully tax deductible and supports Eating with the Ecosystem’s work to promote a place-based approach to sustaining New England’s wild seafood.

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The 2017 Scales & Tales Dinner Series

Monday, June 12th | Statesman Tavern, Bristol | Chef Chris Kleyla
Tuesday, August 29th | Nicks on Broadway, Providence | Chef Derek Wagner
Monday, October 23rd | Easy Entertaining, Providence | Chef Ashley Vanasse


Buy your tickets here: http://eatdrinkri.com/scalesandtales/

Highlights from out October 23rd, 2017 Scales & Tales Dinner at Easy Entertaining

At our Fall 2017 Scales and Tales Dinner, Chef Ashely Vanasse and her team at Easy Entertaining prepared an amazing multi-course dinner featuring fried Bluefish and Sand Crab appetizers, a delicious Bonito crudo, homemade linguini with Slipper Limpet sauce, and smokey Jonah Crab with local potatoes in a sweet onion and butter corn broth! Local gillnetter Aaron Gewirtz shared not only the delicious bonito and bluefish he caught but also shared tales of the changes he has seen in our local waters and how consumers can help support our local ecosystems and fisheries. Eating with the Ecosystem's Kate Masury taught guests about each species role in the ecosystem and the important habitats used by our featured seafood species as well as how to tell the difference between a Jonah crab and Sand crab.

Highlights from out August 29th, 2017 Scales & Tales Dinner at Nick's on Broadway

Chef Derek Wagner and his team at Nick's on Broadway served a delicious dinner complete with monkfish, squid, whiting, and Narragansett Bay sea salt to top our deserts! Eating with the Ecosystem's Kate Masury taught the guests about our featured fish and Aubrey Church interviewed local dragger fisherman, John Reposa about the fishing industry and why it is important for consumers to support our local fishermen by eating our local seafood. 

Highlights from our June 12, 2017 Scales & tales Dinner at the Statesman Tavern

Chef Chris Kleyla and the team at the Statesman Tavern served up a delicious meal while Eating with the Ecosystem's Kate Masury and local trap fisherman Tom Hoxsie lead a discussion about our local seafood! (A special thanks to the team at the Statesman Tavern for picking thousands of periwinkles out of their shells for us to enjoy 😋 )


Take a tour of past events through the links below:

2012-2013 Ecosystem-based traveling dinner series

From 2012-2013, Eating with the Ecosystem’s traveling dinner series partnered with restaurants in Rhode Island and the Boston area to celebrate and steward the region's unique marine ecosystems, one at a time: Southern New England waters, Georges Bank, and the Gulf of Maine. At each dinner, two guest speakers -- a commercial fisherman and marine ecologist -- helped us learn about how the special habitats and food webs in these ecosystems conspire to produce our world-famous seafood -- and what we must do to take care of these food-producing ecosystems for the future.

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