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Slow Food East End invites you to meet our friends, Cornell Fisheries and Aquaculture specialists – passionate, informed people who are the heart of Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center in Southold along the shore line of picturesque Cedar Beach. Learn about Cornell’s “Choose Local F.I.S.H.” Fresh. Indigenous. Sustainable. Healthy. The initiative encourages us to discover the variety of local fish choices Long Island has to offer. Learn why choosing locally harvested fish is so beneficial to the community, environment, and your health. Tour the amazing hatchery, learn more about the SPAT program and why oysters are among the most sustainable seafoods on earth, and find out more about local aquaculture. Best yet, taste edible delights harvested from our own merroir. 

Taste and Explore our East End Merroir

Thursday, August 10, 6-8pm

Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center

3690 Cedar Beach Road, Southold, New York

$125 Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance


* Savor elegantly prepared fresh local fish tastings prepared by Lombardi Catering of Love Lane Market. Owner Lauren Lombardi is know for her hospitality and delicious locally sourced menus but you may not know Lauren has been long been a supporter of Slow Food East End and was previously on the board of Slow Food East End.

* Taste the succulent, distinct flavor differences between oysters harvested from farms from the Peconic Bay, the Long Island Sound and wild caught in deep waters. Enjoy: Davy Jones Shellfish, known for wild caught and farm raised oysters; Hampton Oyster Company specializing in deep-water, surface grown oysters; Montauk Pearls are seeded in Lake Montauk and followed by deep water finishing in Block Island Sound; and Peconic Gold Oysters are raised in the beautiful Great Peconic Bay between the North and South forks.

* Enjoy a variety of Long Island Wine Country Wines, celebrating 50 years of local viniculture.

* Learn to filet local fish and shuck like a pro!

* Tour the hatchery, learn more about oysters and scallops plus discover fresh, indigenous, sustainable, healthy seafood options to incorporate into your diet. You should know where your seafood comes from and why local is better than imported. We have so much to share with you!

* Ask the Cornell Marine experts all your marine and aquaculture questions.

* Meet artists and artisans who are inspired by the waters.

Your ticket purchase helps support two amazing not-for-profit organizations, Slow Food East End Feed the Forks initiatives and Choose Local F.I.S.H. – an initiative of Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program aimed at raising awareness and increasing demand for local seafood.