Rhode Island Seafood Challenge 2015

Shared on behalf of Rhode Island Sea Grant

2015 Rhode Island Seafood Challenge

You are cordially invited to attend the
Rhode Island Seafood Challenge 2015.

The event is free, but seating is limited and a reservation is required.

DATE: Friday, April 10, 2015
TIME: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Johnson & Wales University, Harborside Campus
Harborside Academic Center Amphitheater
265 Harborside Boulevard, Providence, R.I. 02905


For the second year in row, the Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts (JWU) hosts the Rhode Island Seafood Challenge in partnership with the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation and Rhode Island Sea Grant.

This year, the focus of the Challenge is scup, also known as porgy, an underutilized species that is plentiful in the waters along the Atlantic coast, but not commonly found in local restaurants or prepared by home cooks.

Three teams of JWU culinary students will create, present, and test original recipes using scup, with a guest audience of other JWU students and the public. The audience will have the chance to taste each of the recipes and vote for their favorite. In addition, guest speakers, along with a panel of representatives from Rhode Island’s commercial fishing industry, will address the issues of sustainability which are vital to the region’s food system.

The Rhode Island Seafood Challenge was established in 2014 as an interactive and entertaining opportunity for JWU culinary students to learn about local and sustainable seafood products, and those involved in bringing them to market; incorporate these products into their culinary repertoire; and, gain an understanding of the conscious impact they, as future foodservice professionals, can make upon their communities and environment, and the seafood industry. By introducing an underutilized seafood species, the Challenge is another way to show that Johnson & Wales University is changing the way America eats.


For more information and to make a reservation to attend the Rhode Island Seafood Challenge 2015, contact Rhode Island Sea Grant at (401) 874-6800 or email studentrisg@gmail.com.

An important note about event parking – Johnson & Wales University requires parking permits for all guest vehicles. Upon the completion of your RSVP, you will be issued a parking pass and driving directions. There is no charge for parking.

The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF) is a non-profit, private foundation dedicated to supporting collaborative research carried out by members of the commercial fishing industry and scientists to achieve sustainable fisheries. Rhode Island Sea Grant is based at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, and supports research, outreach, and education programs designed to foster vibrant coastal communities, resilient marine environments, and the sustainable use of marine resources.