You’ve seen the signs in restaurants across America that say, “Proudly serving Gulf seafood.” Or, perhaps we should say, you USED to see those signs. Now, we’re hearing that some restaurants are at least tempted to tell their patrons, “We DON’T serve Gulf seafood.”
It’s all because of the oil spill in the Gulf, and people’s concerns that the seafood may be tainted in some way. And, yet, when you go to the source—the people in the Gulf who eat the seafood everyday—they speak with assurance that the problem is not oil. It’s perception.
One of the actions they are taking is coming up on December 1, 2010. America’s Night Out for Gulf Seafood, is designed to encourage restaurants across the nation to order and serve Gulf seafood as a show of support. The Food Channel was in New Orleans for the announcement, where we heard about the concerns, and about what some of the New Orleans’ chefs are cooking that night.
For those restaurants looking for ideas, see The Food Channel’s menu based around Gulf Coast seafood.