(New Orleans, La.) – Make plans now to be at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas on Friday, September 12, 2014 for Scales & Ales to benefit the Aquarium’s education programs and conservation efforts. In an effort to raise awareness about seafood sustainability, Chef Tenney Flynn of New Orleans restaurant GW Fins, will be in the VIP area cooking invasive lionfish, an under-utilized seafood that is rarely seen on restaurant menus.
"Lionfish have become a serious problem for our local ecosystem," said Audubon Aquarium's Director of Husbandry James Arnold. "They are a high impact, invasive predator on reefs and structures throughout the Gulf and Caribbean."
Beautiful to look at but devastating to the environment, lionfish are a tenacious species with the potential to do significant damage to native populations if not controlled.
"Lionfish have no natural predators and with their venomous spines, harvesting them has to be done with care,” said Chef Flynn. “They are one of the few invasive species that are actually quite delicious and we are pleased to offer this unique variety of fish at Scales & Ales.”
Along with this rare culinary opportunity, VIP Patrons will have an opportunity to learn about Audubon's seafood sustainability program, Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.).
Scales & Ales also will feature the following Abita Beer tastings:
Restoration Pale Ale
SOS Pumpkin and Peach Firkin
Wine, specialty cocktails, and delicious cuisine will also be offered from more than 35 local restaurants. Please click here to see full list of participating restaurants. Live entertainment includes The Atlanta Showstoppers.
Scales & Ales is an adult-only event on Friday, September 12 from 8pm-11pm with a Patron Party that begins at 7pm. Tickets start at $45. Patron tickets are $100 per person. Sponsor packages start at $500. All food and drinks are included in the ticket price. Please call (504) 861-5107 for more information.
Please click here to view list of sponsors.
Audubon Aquarium and Entergy IMAX® Theatre will close at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 to prepare for the event. Tickets are on sale now and are limited! To purchase tickets visit www.AudubonInstitute.org.
***Please note as with any wild caught fish, there is a possibility GW Fins might have to substitute lionfish based on availability.***