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Promoting sustainable seafood through tasty celebration

March 10, 2011 |  6:54 am

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The Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting the seventh annual Sustainable Seafood Day and Chowderfest on Saturday. Generally a place where you can admire an array of different fish, the aquarium will become a place where can eat them as well. It's not as bad as it sounds -- quite the opposite, in fact. The public is invited to learn about sustainable seafood, with this year's focus on chowder in Southern California. Local restaurants will provide samples of original versions of the dish, including recipes using arctic char, cod, Dungeness crab and oysters, and then guests will get to vote on their favorite. But that's not all. The aquarium's 50 regular exhibits will be open, along with special ones that provide information from sustainable seafood experts and step-by-step cooking demonstrations. Spend this weekend feeding your brain and your stomach. Just not the fish. Aquarium of the Pacific: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802; (562) 590-3100. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with chowder served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 13th annual Savor California is Saturday, March 26. As a tribute to sustainable seafood, sustainable agriculture, and culinary science, the Discovery Ball at the California Science Center will include a cocktail reception tasting extravaganza hosted by Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger of the Border Grill. Guests will get to enjoy food made by chefs from Mozza, Waterloo & City and Angeli Caffe, among many others. The evening will begin with a 6:00 food and wine tasting on the pier, to be followed by a 7:30 Napa-style dinner, and 10:00 post-dinner cocktails, dancing and lounge action, as well as a private IMAX screening of "Adventures in Wild California." California Science Center: 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037; (213) 744-2035.

-- Emma Wartzman

Photo: Seafood chowder. Credit: Los Angeles Times

Click here for the recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen

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