Locals and NC Catch host 2-day seafood celebration in Raleigh
Locals Oyster Bar will host their annual Winter Seafood Jubilee on March 1, 2020 at Transfer Company Food Hall, followed by the NC Catch Summit on March 2. Both events are free and open to the public.
On March 1st, Locals Seafood will host their sixth annual Winter Seafood Jubilee at their oyster bar in downtown Raleigh. The 2020 Jubilee will feature a fish fry and oyster roast at Transfer Co. Food Hall. Special guests at the Jubilee will include oyster growers, fishermen and women, policy makers and industry stakeholders. “Our annual Jubilee is a celebration of this state’s coastal
marine resources. This event gives consumers the opportunity to enjoy eating seafood while meeting the folks who harvest, produce, and advocate for our seafood resources,” says Ryan Speckman, co-founder of Locals Seafood and Locals Oyster Bar. This educational event is free and open to the public. “We want to encourage seafood customers to engage with folks from the seafood industry. It’s all about knowing where your food comes from,” continues Speckman. Attendees will be able to buy fish fry baskets and steamed oysters at the event, in addition to the other dining options Transfer Co. Food Hall offers.
On March 2 the celebration of seafood continues with the day-long NC Catch Summit. The Summit is an annual gathering of folks from every facet of the industry to discuss the state of North Carolina seafood and the industry as a whole. This year will be the first time the Summit is not held on the coast. “We chose to bring the Summit inland to engage a new audience, mostly consumers, in the conversation,” says Mark Hooper, NC Catch Board Chair. Attendees can expect presentations and panel discussions from 9:30am to 4pm inside the Transfer Co. Ballroom. A break for lunch will allow attendees to enjoy food from the many vendors inside the food hall. The Summit is free and open to the public; RSVPs are encouraged.
Topics covered at the Summit will include trends in fisheries management, product mis-labeling, the growing shellfish farming industry, the role of media in promoting the industry, branding and marketing seafood, and a panel discussing consumer demand. Speakers include NC DEQ Chief Deputy Secretary John Nicholson, NC DMF Director Steve Murphey, Director of NCFA Glenn Skinner, Rossie Izzlar of UNC-TV, and local food-scene favorites Chef Ricky Moore (Saltbox Seafood Joint) and Chef Eric Montagne (Locals Oyster Bar).
ABOUT LOCALS OYSTER BAR
Locals Oyster Bar opened a restaurant and fish market inside Transfer Co. Food Hall in late 2018. Locals’ dishes are created with high-quality seafood sourced from North Carolina oyster farmers, fishermen and fish houses. Locals Oyster Bar is a collaborative effort from the folks behind Locals Seafood & Person Street Bar. | localsoysterbar.com
ABOUT LOCALS SEAFOOD
Locals Seafood was founded in 2010 by Ryan Speckman and Lin Peterson with the mission of bringing North Carolina seafood to Triangle customers. Over the past nine years, they have built relationships with the fishing community, oyster farmers and seafood suppliers. Locals Seafood is the go-to provider of quality seafood for 60+ Triangle restaurants and several area farmers markets. | localsseafood.com
ABOUT NC CATCH
NC Catch is a non-profit organization established in 2011 with a mission to strengthen the NC seafood economy through promotion and education. Through its website, social media, and advocacy events, the organization strives to promote our local marine resource and keep the public and consumers aware of the latest trends and issues facing the local seafood world. | nccatch.org