Dock to Dish: New York
At Dock to Dish Montauk we have pioneered unique community-based seafood sourcing programs which provide forward-thinking chefs and members of our cooperatives with direct dock access to incredibly fresh, wild, sustainable seafood that is accurately curated and fully trackable and traceable to the source of origin and fisher who harvested the haul.
Dock to Dish Montauk is a strictly supply-driven, membership-based model which was founded by a crew of veteran seafarers who launched the original Community Supported Fishery program of New York State; and then established the first Restaurant Supported Fishery program in North America.
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Dock to Dish Montauk debuts on The Smithsonian Channel
Explore the origins of the Dock to Dish model in this short video produced by The Smithsonian Channel:
The Montauk programs were originally organized by lifelong fisherman and restaurateur Sean Barrett, along with thirty-one small-scale commercial fishermen and traditional shellfish harvesters, who are the last of their kind in the region. This alliance of tradesmen and artisans shared over five hundred years of experience on the water and believed the best way to experience local seafood is the way it had been done historically—when the “catch of the day” was really caught that day—or as close to that day as possible.
This simple idea harkened back to the times of colonial concierge fishermen, who brought their hauls straight from the docks to the back doors of taverns and restaurants, which served the fish that night: an experience Sean had in the coastal village of Donostia-San Sebastián in Spain’s Basque Country, which had tugged at him for years. While watching the local Basque fishermen carry their wicker baskets of fresh fish and ice directly from their boats into the restaurants surrounding the harbor, he was enlightened.
“We can do that at home,” he thought.
“We can be the salt water brother of the farm to table movement.”
And now with the help of trusted neighbors in the fields of health, law and environmental conservation—Dock to Dish has become uniquely qualified in providing local chefs and members of their cooperatives with impeccably fresh seafood harvested with the consumer and the planet in mind. For a brief Huffington Post Food video in which award-winning veteran storyteller Liza De Guia colorfully explains how please click here.
Google NYC on Dock to Dish
Explore the origins of the Dock to Dish model in this short video produced by Google NYC: