Trash Fish L.A. dinner: ‘The best seafood you’ve never tried’

Trash Fish, a dinner featuring sustainable species of fish, such as mackerel, takes place March 10 at Mediterraneo in Hermosa Beach.
(Dugald Stermer / For The Times)

Trash Fish, a dinner featuring sustainable seafood and hosted by the nonprofit organization Chefs Collaborative, will take place at Mediterraneo restaurant in Hermosa Beach on March 10 to bring attention to undervalued species of fish (“It’s not just by-catch anymore!”).

The focus on fish that have been regarded as “trash” is meant to show that they’re in fact delicious, as well as plentiful, Trash Fish organizers say. “Creating a market for them helps take pressure off of overfished species as well as helps to sustain our threatened fishing communities,” Chefs Collaborative said in a statement.

The multi-city dinner series started last year in Boston, putting on the menu alternatives to fish such as Atlantic cod and bluefin tuna, both of which are severely overfished. Seafood experts at the dinners talk about using Acadian redfish, scup and mackerel instead. The aim also is ultimately to support local fishing communities.


The five-course dinner at Mediterraneo will be prepared by chefs from Los Angeles and Boulder, Colo., with Russian River beer pairings, including the 2014 release of Pliny the Younger.

The chef lineup includes: Michael Cimarusti, chef-owner of Providence and Connie & Ted’s; Connie & Ted chef de cuisine Sam Baxter; Jason Travi of Little Fork; David LeFevre of Manhattan Beach Post and Fishing With Dynamite; and Chefs Collaborative Summit committee member Kelly Whitaker of Basta in Boulder.

The dinner takes place at 6 p.m. and costs $150; proceeds will benefit Chefs Collaborative, which specializes in the education of sustainable food practices and the promotion of environmentally friendly purchasing and cooking.

Tickets are available online at

Mediterraneo, 73 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach,



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