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Other than being delicious, what do bacon, honey, ice cream and gluten-free cooking have in common? They are all highlighted topics in our popular Salon Series at this year’s Cooking for Solutions on May 17-18. Members can purchase a one-day pass that includes all five Salons on either Saturday or Sunday.Learn more

Other than being delicious, what do bacon, honey, ice cream and gluten-free cooking have in common? They are all highlighted topics in our popular Salon Series at this year’s Cooking for Solutions on May 17-18. Members can purchase a one-day pass that includes all five Salons on either Saturday or Sunday.

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Did you know that the seafood choices you make can help support healthy oceans? Not all fish are caught or farmed in environmentally responsible ways, but each of us has the power – by the way we choose to spend our money – to shape demand for seafood that’s been caught or farmed sustainably.

This new video from our Seafood Watch program quickly shows you how you can help protect the ocean just by asking your local grocery store or restaurant if they serve sustainable seafood. The oceans will thank you for it!

The Seafood Watch program provides scientifically based recommendations on what seafood options are best for the environment. You can also download the free Seafood Watch app or pick up a consumer pocket guide today.

Learn more about choosing sustainable seafood!

Today’s the day! Tickets on sale to Cooking for Solutions, May 16-18. It’s the culinary event of the year!
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Today’s the day! Tickets on sale to Cooking for Solutions, May 16-18. It’s the culinary event of the year!

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Ryan Bigelow at Seafood Watch and What You Can Do show you how to make choices for healthy oceans. It’s not that hard!

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Practicing What We Preach: Recycling at Our Annual Cooking for Solutions Event

The Cooking for Solutions Gala is a remarkable event that takes place each May. In one evening dozens of restaurants and wineries set up stations throughout the Aquarium and over 2,800 epicureans stroll throughout the galleries sampling outstanding wines, seafood and other fine fare. While all this activity goes on inside the building, others are behind the scenes carrying out a seemingly impossible mission—to eliminate virtually all refuse from this event.

The whole idea of Cooking for Solutions is to highlight sustainable agriculture and sustainable seafood—helping us all learn how to make good food choices that contribute to healthy land and healthy oceans. Yet it might seem a little incongruous that thousands of disposable plates, cups and utensils are used in a celebration of sustainability. Not so with Cooking for Solutions. Each guest is given a wine glass and wooden tray (reusable/recyclable) to hold their food and wine samples. Compostable plates are used for some food samples. Disposable cups are made from vegetable-based materials instead of plastic, and are also compostable. Even spoons, forks and napkins are manufactured from compostable material.

Behind the scenes a dedicated crew of sorters is standing by in the Aquarium’s corporation yard. As trash receptacles are emptied inside the building the bags are brought outside for the sorting crew to examine. They quickly separate out any items that may not be compostable and send the rest on to a special bin that has been brought in for the event. Wine bottles are all recycled. The final result: from hundreds of pounds of refuse, only a few pounds actually wind up in the landfill. All the rest goes to compost or recycling.

In a world where many resources are increasingly scarce, the old saying, “Waste not want not” takes on a new meaning. If we learn to reduce our waste stream, and make smart use of resources and reuse/recycle where possible, we may avoid wanting for those resources in the future. The Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, and our support of sustainable agriculture, are all about the wise use of our land and sea resources so we will never want for food. That’s the solution we’re cooking up and it’s a great recipe for a future we can all savor.

View photos of our Gala event

Learn more about Seafood Watch.

—Jim Covel, Senior Manager of Guest Experience Training & Interpretation

Sam’s got something for you! Enter now for your chance to win two tickets to the Cooking for Solutions Gala May 17. Weekly prizes, too. Ends soon! 
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Sam’s got something for you! Enter now for your chance to win two tickets to the Cooking for Solutions Gala May 17. Weekly prizes, too. Ends soon!

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This could be YOU! Enter the “Gala Giveaway” Sweeps and you and a friend could be on your way to the most sensational food and wine celebration of the year! Enter every day for more chances to win!
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This could be YOU! Enter the “Gala Giveaway” Sweeps and you and a friend could be on your way to the most sensational food and wine celebration of the year! Enter every day for more chances to win!

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Entered yet? In our “Gala Giveaway” sweeps, you could win two tickets to the Cooking for Solutions culinary celebration May 17! Weekly prizes, too…
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Entered yet? In our “Gala Giveaway” sweeps, you could win two tickets to the Cooking for Solutions culinary celebration May 17! Weekly prizes, too…

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Ready for the culinary event of the year? Tickets now on sale for Cooking for Solutions, May 17-19!
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Ready for the culinary event of the year? Tickets now on sale for Cooking for Solutions, May 17-19!

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Ready for three days of remarkable culinary experiences with some of the finest chefs in the Americas? #CookingForSolutions tickets went on sale for members today! General public tickets go on sale February 11.
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Ready for three days of remarkable culinary experiences with some of the finest chefs in the Americas? #CookingForSolutions tickets went on sale for members today! General public tickets go on sale February 11.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium, perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline, is your window to the wonders of the ocean. It’s located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and is open daily except Christmas Day.

For more information about our animals and exhibits, and to view our live web cams, please visit www.montereybayaquarium.org.

Hours of operation vary by season. Daily schedules and tickets are available on our website or by calling
(831) 648-4800.