After years of strict management, West Coast fisheries are coming back strong.

First of two Oceanic Dinners, 2011: CALIFORNIA COAST

Tuesday through Friday, July 12 – 15

All fish for this event will be caught in California coastal waters between Santa Barbara and Fort Bragg
by small-boat fisherman using sustainable methods from healthy fisheries.

~Oyster Shooters~
featuring Kombu seaweed eau de vie from St. Georges Spirits


Salt-cured local king salmon (caught by Larry Collins, troll method) with marinated fennel and its pollen, Chioggia beets and crème fraîche
Crudo of Golden Gate halibut (caught by Ed Tavasieff just outside SF Bay, hand jig) with Castelvetrano olives, pine nuts and basil; lemon agrumato
Panna cotta of Fort Bragg sea urchin (diver caught) with grilled crostino, olive oil and vanilla sea salt
Involtino of Monterey Bay abalone (farmed) with cucumber and Gypsy pepper peperonata

Fritto misto of Half Moon Bay smelt (Kirk Lombard, caught by A-frame dip net) and Tomales Bay shellfish (farmed) with lemon verbena maionese
Charcoal-grilled Santa Barbara octopus (trap caught) with warm farro and cherry tomato salad
Local sand dabs (caught by Steve Fitz on the Mr. Morgan using a Scottish seine) with green tomato and bread stuffing; salad of marinated pole beans
Brodetto of local rockfish (Steve Fitz/Mr. Morgan/Scottish seine) with saffron aïoli and crostino

Durum wheat spaghetti with tomato, fried anchovies (Mike McHenry/purse seine/SF Bay) and hot pepper
Tortelloni of Fort Bragg sea urchin (diver) and potato with rapini and fried bread crumbs
Santa Barbara spot shrimp (trap) in una coperta with lemon verbena
Toasted Durum wheat trompetti with garlic sausage, New Zealand sea spinach and Tomales Bay Manila clams

Slow-roasted local king salmon with cranberry beans, braised escarole and pancetta vinaigrette
Steamed petrale sole (Steve Fitz/Mr. Morgan/Scottish seine) with summer squash purée, crisp new potatoes and squash blossom spumante sauce
Grilled Monterey Bay mackerel (purse seine) with fregola, fried eggplant and Calabrian chili
Roast Bolinas black cod (Josh Churchman/vertical hook and line/Bolinas) with shellfish aïoli and pole bean salad

Next week (July 19-22): Mid-Atlantic Oceanic Dinners

Desserts for Oceanic Dinners