published Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Aquarium hosts 4-course sustainable seafood dinner - Nov. 7

Meal is part of the Aquarium's Serve and Protect sustainable seafood program.

The Tennessee Aquarium is sponsoring one in a series of sustainable seafood dinners tonight, Nov. 7, at Broad Street Grille.

The idea for the dinners, according to information on the attraction’s website, is to help people discover how making wise seafood choices can have a positive impact on the world.

The Aquarium’s Serve & Protect sustainable seafood program, founded in partnership with famed foodist Alton Brown, brings together local restaurants and seafood suppliers to offer, among other things, dinners at partner restaurants.

Tonight’s dinner, hosted by Thom Demas, the attraction’s curator of fishes, will be a four-course dinner prepared by the restaurant’s culinary staff and wine pairings from Francis Ford Coppola Wines.

The meal starts with hors d’oeuvres and champagne. That will be followed by Maine lobster benedict, a soup sampler of lobster cappuccino, Low Country oyster gumbo and yellow tomato gazpacho with Old Bay croutons and smoked shrimp.

The second course is grilled bourbon-glazed Gulf shrimp with crawfish hushpuppies and peaches and cream corn gravy. That course will be followed by pan-seared diver scallops, potato gnocchi and crispy Benton’s ham with truffle butter. The fourth course is seafood bouillabaisse followed by crispy-skin yellowtail snapper, shrimp, crawfish, clams and squid in a garlic-saffron tomato broth.

IF YOU GO

* What: Tennessee Aquarium Sustainable Seafood Dinner.

* When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. today, Nov. 7.

* Where: Broad Street Grille, 1201 Broad St.

* Admission: $50 members, $55 nonmembers.

* Phone: 800-262-0695.

* Website: tnaqua.org.

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