THANK YOU TO OUR “From the Bay, For the Bay Dine Out” Supporters!
“From the Bay, For the Bay” is a celebration of Maryland Seafood from Philadelphia to Northern Virginia. During this week long promotion from October 6 – 13, 2013, participating restaurants across the mid-Atlantic will feature fresh Maryland seafood and provide their patrons an opportunity to support Chesapeake Bay watermen and the ecosystem. For every Maryland seafood dinner sold during the promotion, participating restaurants will donate $1.00 to the Oyster Recovery Partnership for oyster restoration. In the inaugural year of the “From the Bay, For the Bay” promotion, participating restaurants raised nearly $25,000 that is being used to recycle 750 bushels of shell and plant 2.5 million new oysters in the Chesapeake Bay!
As you know, October is an outstanding month for seafood with many species available including striped bass, crabmeat, oysters, flounder, dogfish, bluefish, lobster, and scallops being in season and on menus throughout the region. This threefold promotion encourages eating local, sustainable seafood, promotes oyster restoration, and will also benefit local watermen who provide fresh Maryland seafood to the restaurant community. ORP recognizes the event as an excellent way to support watermen, enjoy the seafood bounty of Maryland, and market our state’s seafood to a larger audience.
The Oyster Recovery Partnership, along with its coalition of partners, is Maryland’s leading nonprofit restoring oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. ORP has planted nearly 4 BILLION oysters on 1,500 acres of oyster reefs, and helped recycle nearly 1,200 tons of oyster shell. Each mature oyster is able to filter up to 50 gallons of water per day!
Encourage your local restaurants to participate in the program and patronize those who are already showing their support for our Bay! Have them contact Steve Vilnit at firstname.lastname@example.org to register today.
ATTENTION RESTAURANTS: Recycle your oyster shells and leave your legacy on our Bay!
In an effort to restore oysters to the Chesapeake Bay, restaurants around the region have become proud
partners in Maryland’s Shell Recycling Alliance. Oyster shells provide critical habitat for new oysters and other important marine life to grow so returning them to the Bay and its tributaries is critical. In fact, oysters are a “keystone species” that used to filter the Bay in just days. Now, it takes more than a year.
Oyster shells collected through the Shell Recycling Alliance are then replanted into the Bay with new baby oysters (“spat”) attached. As a member of this elite group of business owners who care about our Bay, you will receive materials needed for the program including marketing materials to alert guests about your participation.
Join us in providing the Bay’s most special guests – oysters – a new, sustainable home! To learn more, visit the Shell Recycling Alliance page on www.oysterrecovery.org or call 410.990.4970.
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The 2013 Mermaid Kiss Oyster Fest on October 1, 2013 launches "From the Bay For the Bay" Dine Out restaurant week running October 6-13, 2013 -- scroll down for more information!
Thank you to our 2012 Sponsors:
Bob & Lee Driscoll
Evans Land, LLC
Manis Canning and Assocaites
Toal, Griffith, and Ayers, LLC
Food & Beverage Sponsors: