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Sea to Table
Custom House Maritime Museum
New London, CT
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Learn all about the amazing seafood harvested off our shores.
Join local seafood farmers and chefs Elisa Giommi and Amelia Lord for an inspiring, educational trip through our local sea fare: Sea to Table, presented by New London Maritime Society as a part of our 5th annual Sentinels on the Sound summer celebration. Sea to Table is a series of five Talk & Tasting sessions featuring local seafood growers, paired with Cooking Classes with Dinner presented by chefs Elisa and Amelia, to be held at the Custom House Maritime Museum. Participants may sign up for just the talk or for both the talk and the cooking presentations.

Four Saturday sessions are planned for 2015: June 20 - Sea and Bay Scallops, August 1 - Stonington Red Shrimp, August 29 - Mystic and Fishers Island Oysters , October 24 - Fishers Island Oysters.
Sea to Table grower's Talk & Tasting are held at 5:30 PM (45 minutes), $10.
The Sea to Table Cooking Class with Dinner begins with the Talk at 5:30 and follows at 6:30 PM (2 1/2 hours) with the cooking class, $60 each (includes Talk & Tasting).

Each paired session features a fresh, locally sourced seafood and is designed to encourage visitors to experience the region's fresh maritime bounty. Among the seafood we plan to explore in this series are Niantic bay and ocean scallops, Fishers Island and Mystic oysters, Stonington red shrimp, UCONN sea vegetables, Maritime Magnet School tilapia, Long Island Sound lobster, and ocean conch.  All profits from this program support the New London Maritime Society!

Sea to Table - Talks & Tastings will be led by a local grower or fisherman, who will discuss the process and challenges of harvesting seafood from Long Island Sound along with advice for selecting and sourcing the freshest products. Each talk will include the opportunity to sample the seafood being discussed as well as Safe Harbor's 1790 Lager (crafted as a tribute to Connecticut's Coast Guard Summer). The talk lasts about 45 minutes and is a great way to start a Saturday evening in New London--perhaps followed by dinner downtown and a sunset lighthouse boat tour.

Sea to Table - Cooking Classes with Dinner go one step further to focus on easy to prepare and tasty seafood dishes. Only sustainable sea products are used. Dinner is included as is Safe Harbor's 1790 Lager (crafted as a tribute to Connecticut's Coast Guard Summer). Join us for a casual evening of educational fun and good eating. You'll be sure to leave with a happy tummy and handfuls of recipes to try at home. Classes are limited to 15 students.

Class Techniques will include: In the scallops class, students will learn the difference in handling sea and bay scallops.  Our chefs will explain texture, searing, saute and sauces.  Full dinner will be served including local, seasonal  side and dessert.

In the shrimp class, participants will learn how to prepare fresh shrimp, use rice paper wrappers, mis en place, marinade, texture, and sauces.  This Thai-influenced dinner will be served with Coconut Jasmine Rice, side and dessert.

Elisa Giommi, formerly Chef/Owner at Mangetout Organic Cafe in New London, has been
cooking all her life. Living and traveling extensively in Europe influenced her traditional cooking style, especially her interest in artisanal, farm-fresh, local ingredients. Introduced to natural foods in the 70's she incorporates whole foods into her eclectic dishes. She shares her culinary curiosity with great excitement and pleasure.

Amelia Lord is an inventive, creative, intuitive home chef who has been teaching individual and group lessons for over three years. A self-taught cook, she has over twenty years of experience in the kitchen and her classes are designed to free students from recipes by focusing on technique.  Her inspirations come from extensive travel which instilled a global perspective from an early age. She is guided by seasonality and quality from our local producers and brings a broad knowledge of foods and ingredients to all of her classes. Find her and some of her creations on Instagram @ameliatilord.

Since 2011,  the New London Maritime Society - Custom House Maritime Museum has presented annual Sentinels on the Sound  lighthouse celebrations. In 2011, the celebration was one weekend long. By 2013, the festivities had grown to seven weekends. In 2015, New London's 'Sentinels on the Sound' spans 19 weeks, from mid-June through October.

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
John Muir, 1838-1914, naturalist and wilderness advocate

See you this summer at the Custom House!
Saturday Jun 20, 2015 5:30 PM - Saturday Oct 24, 2015 6:30 PM | $10.00 - $275.00


Custom House Maritime Museum (View)
150 Bank Street
New London, CT 06320
United States


Education > Workshops
Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits
Food > Markets & Farms
Other > Green

Minimum Age: 12
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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