Sustainable Seafood at Blue Water Cafe’s 7th Annual Unsung Heroes Festival February 1 – 28, 2011

Sesame-marinated Jellyfish with cucumber and daikon, one of the dishes served during the Blue Water Cafe Unsung Heroes Festival. Image from the Blue Water Cafe: Seafood Cookbooks. Photo credit: John James Sherlock.

Vancouver is home to many celebrated seafood restaurants, but if forced to choose the definitive Vancouver seafood restaurant, it would likely be Yaletown’s famous Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar.

Among its many accolades, Blue Water Cafe won Gold for ‘Restaurant of the Year’, ‘Best Seafood’ and ‘Chef of the Year’ (Frank Pabst) in Vancouver magazine’s 2010 Restaurant Awards and has been lauded on our own site as one of the must-visit stops for A Foodie’s Fantasy Meal in Vancouver. It even has one of the Top 5 Yaletown Restaurant Patios and is a celebrity hotspot, too.

Along with it’s amazing, innovative West Coast plates, Blue Water Cafe is well known for its commitment to using wild and sustainable seafood. As part of that commitment, Executive Chef Frank Pabst created the Unsung Heroes Festival, a month-long celebration  of “overlooked” seafood species—the seas’ “unsung heroes”—that demonstrates that there’s a lot more to fine seafood dining than (often over-fished) salmon and halibut.

Unsung Heroes' Grilled Mackerel with chunky romesco sauce and scallions. Image from the Blue Water Cafe: Seafood Cookbooks. Photo credit: John James Sherlock.

During the Blue Water Cafe Unsung Heroes Festival, Chef Pabst introduces diners to sustainable and abundant seafood that they may not have tried before—like geoduck and jellyfish—and to new flavours and experiences of octopus, mackerel, and sardine. The goal is to widen diners’ awareness of—and their appreciation for—sustainable seafood options, and, as in previous years, 10% of proceeds will be donated to the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise sustainable seafood program (of which Blue Water Cafe is a founding member).

 

Unsung Heroes' Grilled Octopus with carrot-anchovy salad and parsley sauce. Image from the Blue Water Cafe: Seafood Cookbooks. Photo credit: John James Sherlock.

If you love new food experiences—or just love amazing food in general—don’t miss this special seafood celebration at one of Vancouver’s best restaurants.

Complete Menu for the Blue Water Cafe’s 2011 Unsung Heroes Festival

The Blue Water Cafe’s 7th Annual Unsung Heroes Festival runs from February 1 – 28, 2011.

If you’ve enjoyed the cuisine at the Blue Water Cafe Unsung Heroes Festival before, please comment—we’d love to hear from you!

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