Wednesday’s night local wild harvest dinner will be based around the John Dory fish. This fish is typically an underutilized fish around the New England area because it is a fish that thrives in tropical to temperate waters. Typically, this fish lives in the Indian, Western Pacific, and some in the Eastern Atlantic Oceans. However, it can be frequently harvested in New England during this time of the year as squid boats begin to catch them and land them. They can generally be found in squid harvests because these fish are likely trying to prey on the squid as they migrate near Eastern Atlantic Oceans. They are known to be medium, active predators because they feed on a variety of crustaceans, squid and other smaller fish.
The John Dory has been supplied by Tony’s Wholesale Seafood our of Warren, RI. It was filleted on Monday (3-19-2018), and then shipped directly to our Dining Services warehouse on Tuesday (3-20-2018). It will be prepared Wednesday morning and afternoon to be served at dinner on March 21st, 2018.
John Dory is a sweeter tasting fish than most other kinds of fish; and it’s meat is a lighter, less oily , white fish meat. This is our first time sourcing John Dory because it is rarely landed in waters around the New England area. This fish is more of a deep-sea fish that is rarely found being landed in the New England area, except for when it comes in on squid boats or through larger frozen imports from regions that John Dory is abundant. John Dory can be prepared many ways for consumption, but the best is by grilling, pan-frying, steaming, and baking it with a variety of different combinations of ingredients. John Dory is an underutilized fish in this area, and should be promoted to be sold more when it harvested from near-by waters. Please try and enjoy the John Dory Local Wild Harvest Dinner!!
This meal is a sustainable meal because it’s sourcing came locally from within the state of Rhode Island. This meal can also take a label of sustainable because of the reasoning that John Dory is an underutilized fish specie in this area when available. Collaborating with local fish harvesters is a goal of URI Dining Services to source fish that is abundant, in season, fresh, underutilized and sustainable for our customers here at URI. This collaboration is what allowed us to source a fresh fish during a tough time of the year due to weather and other seasonal/ environmental factors.
We hope to increase the percentage of our locally sourced seafood as much as possible because seafood is one of Rhode Island’s best niches! We also want to provide great tasting fish that the population of URI’s campus can try and enjoy. We are working on executing meals such as these more frequently as we move from year to year. This will greatly increase the percentage our locally sourced seafood products we serve, as well as our total sustainable food purchasing power. If there are any suggestions please provide feedback on these local meals, and somethings we can do better while this sustainable seafood harvesting initiative grows!
This year we will be executing locally sourced fish meals every month to begin to source more local and fresh foods to be served to the faculty and student body here at URI. We are striving to bring in more underutilized fish around this time of the year to ease the burden on other popular fish stocks, as well as promote the utilization of other underutilized fish species as a method to become more conscious about sustainable food sourcing. These meals will be fresh and deliciously prepared, so please come down and try out the fish meat that will be present at these monthly dinners. And remember EAT LOCAL URI!!