Free talk on Fish Sustainability at Poco

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Come to Poco this Monday 12th September for a free panel discussion and canapes!

To celebrate Urban Food Fortnight we’re hosting a free discussion and Q&A about fish sustainability at Poco. On our panel for the evening we have Theresa Douthwright & Jack Clarke from SoleShare and Ruth Westcott from Sustainable Fish Cities Sustain, hosted by me. We’ll be giving out free canapes during the talk and then serving a unique tasting menu of day fresh fish brought up to the restaurant by SoleShare.

The Format
Arrive to canapes at 6.30pm – paired with an aperitif (available as part of the wine list or individually by the glass).
At 7pm Tom will introduce the guest speakers for a 20 minutes discussion.
At 7.20pm the audience will be invited to ask questions.
From 7.30pm we will be serving our al’a carte menu and fish tasting feast. Tom and the guest producer will be hosting the restaurant and serving your main dishes.

Please note this is a panel and not a dining event, but you are welcome to book a table at the restaurant later. To book a table for the Fish tasting feast please email [email protected] or call 02077393042 stating the day of the event.

Make sure you arrive on time to get a seat. The talk will start promptly at 7pm and last for 20 minutes before a 10 minute Q&A. Dinner will be served from 7.30pm.

Here’s an example of what our menu on Monday will be like depending on our catch. To book please email us.

SoleShare Sharing Menu

6/12 West Mersea oysters, shallot, cider vinegar

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Kalamata & Amfissa olives

Wholemeal and Stockholm sourdough, Marianna’s olive oil

Butterbean puree, anchovies, zaa’tar, garlic oil

Labneh, chia, pumpkin, rosemary oil

Mackerel escabeche, cider vinegar, shallot

Dagenham leaves

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Fried oysters, kelp aioli, seaweed

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Tranche of turbot and plaice, chanterelle, burnt butter, capers

Portuguese ‘punched’ potatoes, aioli

Courgette, bean, spring onion, hazelnut, molasses

Seasonal greens

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Grilled plums, creme fraiche, honey, bee pollen

See you on Monday.

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SoleShare: Theresa Douthwright & Jack Clarke
Theresa and Jack are the founders of SoleShare a box scheme and Community Supported Fishery connecting fisherman directly with customers and restaurants. Cutting out the often lengthy supply chain which overinflates prices and decreases the value of the fish to the fishermen themselves. The big difference in this approach to business is a clear agreement between the CSF and the fisherman that guarantees them a set price for whatever fish they land. This brings value to under valued species of fish. By diversifying the species of fish we eat we take pressure off the key species which are in the most part overfished. To sign up to SoleShare’s box scheme go onto their website www.soleshare.net

Sustainable Fish Cities: Ruth Westcott
Ruth co-ordinates Sustainable Fish City, a campaign which encourages businesses to adopt a fully sustainable fish policy, and thereby help transform the way the world’s oceans are fished. The campaign began in London, inspired by the Food Vision of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and is now being adopted by cities across the UK. Ruth joined Sustain from the Marine Stewardship Council, and is a graduate of the University of Oxford and Imperial College, London, where she was awarded the Fishmongers’ Company Scholarship.

“Urban Food Fortnight is the annual celebration of London’s vibrant food scene by showcasing the fabulous food being grown, made, cooked and saved on our doorstep. Urban Food Fortnight is run by London Food Link, the voice for good food in the capital. www.urbanfoodfortnight.org “

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