Looking for an excuse to get out on the water again before summer ends? Mark your diaries for “Seas the Day”, a charity boating event bringing together a handful of Hong Kong’s top hospitality-industry leaders to advocate green eating and ethical food consumption. Taking place on Sunday, 17 September, Hong Kong’s first sustainable seafood day-out will spotlight premium, natural ocean produce prepared by notable Hong Kong chefs. If you want to enjoy a delicious day out at sea all for a worthy cause, this is one event you won’t want to miss out on.
The event is a collaboration between sustainable-seafood charity organisation Choose Right Today and Home Pop, a series of pop-up dinners and interactive dining experiences founded by chef James Cornwall, who previously headed up the now-shuttered Seafood Room before relocating to Melbourne earlier this year. Cornwall returns to Hong Kong this summer to promote his philosophy of using responsibly sourced ingredients in the kitchen, banding together with a few like-minded peers to raise awareness through an interactive and informative day out at sea.
“As a chef, I’m in a position to influence people’s choices on a daily basis; it is something I take very seriously,” says Cornwall. “This year I have been working closely with suppliers, farmers, and fisherman and I want to bring back to Hong Kong the knowledge I’ve gained to educate and promote the use of sustainable seafood in a unique and fun way.”
For the event, Home Pop has partnered with Mandarin Oriental‘s Restaurant Manager Abreu Netto, Hilda Leung of Flavor-Works Cooking Studio & Flavor Mart, mixologist Geoff Marrett of Yardbird and Coco Chan of Voltage PR to organise Hong Kong’s first sustainable seafood day-out.
With the idea being to bring Hong Kongers to the front line of sustainable seafood production — and prove that ethical eating doesn’t necessarily mean giving up on diverse and delicious seafood — guests will be able to enjoy an assortment of tapas-style small plates prepared by Cornwall and Leung. The premium seafood highlighted will include Mt. Cook alpine salmon, Cloudy Bay diamond clams and Fraser Isle spanner crabs.
Hop onboard, toast a glass of Champagne and chow down on a tempting spread including clam ceviche with mixed jalapeño and cucumber topped with salmon caviar; salmon poké salad with creamy avocados in a toasted-sesame dressing; spanner crab rolls served with tofu mayonnaise, nori and caviar; and shrimp sliders paired with yuzu mayonnaise, golden tomato and kohlrabi slaw. Each dish uses organic, natural seafood completely free of additives and preservatives.
Several of the ingredients have been brought over by Cornwall, including New Zealand’s Cloudy Bay Clams — who carry an international sustainability seal of approval for their pioneering harvesting methods — and Yarra Valley Caviar, which is sourced from a freshwater aquaculture farm in rural Victoria. There, fish are milked for roe entirely by hand once a year, then placed back in their ponds to spawn again the following year.
According to Cornwall, the ethical and natural approach used by these eco-conscious producers results not only in a safer and cleaner environment, but also in more rich-tasting and superb-quality seafood. With Hong Kong being the second largest per-capita consumer of seafood in Asia and the 10th largest importer of seafood worldwide, “Seas the Day” sheds a much-needed spotlight on ethical consumption, raising awareness for all Hongkongers who enjoy seafood as part of their everyday diet.
“Seas the Day” is priced at HK$900 per person, with all proceeds donated to Choose Right Today. Purchase tickets on Home Pop’s website here.