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Barton Seaver to Visit UMass Dartmouth

By: Michaella Lesieur, Intern Marketing Manager for Kendall UMass Dartmouth


This spring 2020 we have some very exciting events happening as we get ready to wrap up our Kendall Foundation grant award initiative. For those of you just joining our blog community let us first get you up to speed.


The University of UMass Dartmouth Dining Services in collaboration with Northeastern University, Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Eastern Connecticut State University were the recipients of the 2018 Henry P. Kendall Food Vision Prize. Since then we have been working hard in collaboration with aquaculture farmers, fisherman and The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center to propel our initiative forward.


The grant looks over to the following two areas: underutilized fish (monkfish, scup, dogfish, skate and etc.) and kelp (a type of sea vegetable). Our marketing team, interns and chefs have been working to educated and incorporate these abundant resources that are fresh in taste and come directly from our own waters. Through our education efforts we have been teaching students about these resources and introducing them to various recipes incorporating these key ingredients.


Fast forward to where we are now and we have gathered everything from all of our partners that has been accomplished over this past year into a wonderful two-day event, where you even get to meet celebrity chef and author, Barton Seaver. Another key factor is that you can choose to attend one or both of our events.


On Wednesday, April 1, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. we will be welcoming Seaver to UMass Dartmouth for a special evening featuring dinner and a book signing. The event is $10.00 and includes dinner. This is a great time to learn from Seaver's culinary expertise and have him sign your favorite book! We will have some of his cookbooks available for purchase on-sight as well. The titles that we will have include "Superfood Seagreens" and "The Joy of Seafood." To register and save your spot for our Night with Barton Seaver please email: dining@umassd.edu. Space is limited so you must receive an email confirmation in order to attend.


If looking to learn more about what we have done in partnership with our award join us for a second day at our New England Sea Summit on Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. at the beautiful New Bedford Whaling Museum. At this unique summit you can expect to learn about kelp farming; the benefits of kelp in the economy, environment and nutrition as well as underutilized fish; procurement, pledges and how college and university chefs have worked underutilized fish and kelp into their own unique menu cycles.

We have a great line-up of guest speakers too which include:


● Briana Warner, CEO of Atlantic Sea Farms

● Laura Orleans, Director of The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

● Barton Seaver, Author and Chef

● Jamey Lionette, Director of Red's Best

● Kate Masury, Program Director for Eating with the Ecosystem


Like our Night with Barton Seaver Event space is limited and will be offered on a first come first serve basis and the best part it is FREE! As a special bonus to add to the event the first 100 people to register will receive an extended invitation to join us on a sunset boat cruise from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. around Buzzards Bay, which includes horderves and a cash bar. To register for The New England Sea Summit please use the link here. We can’t wait to show you everything we have in store!

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