ROCKPORT — This year, on the 40th anniversary of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum, in addition to the forum’s tradition of hosting a lot of talk about Maine’s superior seafood — Thursday afternoon will be all about the tasting.


To commemorate the Forum's 40th year, a special seafood celebration of “the other end of the commercial fishing industry" is set for Thursday, March 5, from noon to 4 p.m. The afternoon starts with a quick crash course, acquainting audience members with Maine's commercial fishing and aquaculture industries, followed by seafood preparation master classes in which the featured chefs — Dave Pasternak from Esca Restaurant in New York City, Barton Seaver of Freeport and Esquire magazine’s 2009 Chef of the Year, Brian Hill from Francine Bistro in Camden and James Beard Award nominee, and Lynn Archer from Archer's on the Pier and the Brass Compass in Rockland as well as the 2009 ‘Beat Bobby Flay’ champion — will demonstrate their favorite ways to prepare Maine seafood.


“The Forum is an amazing event and we’re really working hard to promote Maine fisheries,” said Forum Board member Togue Brawn. “It’s a great opportunity to bring groups together like the fishermen and the scientists, who can often be antagonistic toward one another and in three days a lot of problems get solved. In my experience, you solve problems over cocktails not in meeting rooms.”


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