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National Aquarium Announced Additional Fresh Thoughts Sustainable Dining Events for 2013


Due to popular demand, two dates have been added to National Aquarium’s 2013 Fresh Thoughts Sustainable Seafood Dining Series. Chefs from Ryleigh’s Oyster House and The Capital Grille are set to headline the additional events in September and November of 2013.

Each dinner of the series is themed around sustainable seafood, and will feature a cocktail reception, cooking demonstration by the guest chef, and a fine dining experience that includes a four-course menu created solely for the event. Guests are invited to come early to explore the exhibits, including the new Blacktip Reef exhibit, which will open in early August.

Ryleigh’s Oyster House, located in historic Federal Hill, specializes in serving fresh, quality seafood, meat, poultry, and produce in a comfortable relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant has been recognized by the Restaurant Association of Maryland as one of the “Stars of the Industry” and received praise from The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore City Paper and WJZ. Executive Chef Patrick Morrow will host an oyster-themed dinner on September 24, 2013.

The Capital Grille, located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, is famous for its dry-ages steaks, exceptional seafood and award-winning wine list. The restaurant has been named to OpenTable’s Best American Cuisine Top 50 List, and has received accolades from WineSpectator and UrbanSpoon. The Capitol Grille will host a dinner on November 19, 2013.

Previous guest chefs from the 2013 series include Bruce Clarke (Laurrapin Grille), Matthew Seigmund (The Oregon Grille) and Chris Becker (Fleet Street Kitchen). Over the years, National Aquarium has welcomed such celebrated chefs as James Beard Award nominee Bryan Voltaggio (VOLT), Jason Ambrose (Salt), Top Chef Timothy Dean, Chad Wells (Alewife), Top Chef Jessie Sandlin (Vino Rosino), Top Chef Jill Snyder, John Shields (Gertrude’s), Antonio Baines (Tapas Teatro), Top Chef Tamesha Warren (The Oval Room), Galen Sampson (The Dogwood) and Mark Miranda (Rusty Scupper).

Tickets for each dinner are $79 for National Aquarium members and $99 for non-members. Tickets for the September 14 and November 19 dinners can be purchased at beginning August 1 or by calling 410-576-3869. Fresh Thoughts Sustainable Seafood Dining Series dinners take place at 6:30 p.m. at National Aquarium, Baltimore located at 501 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

National Aquarium is proud to partner with Classic Catering for the Fresh Thoughts Sustainable Seafood Dining Series.


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