October 25, 2014  

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St. Martin High Culinary Students Prepare Seafood Dishes for GCRL Angler Seminar

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The first installment of the four part seminar series, “Catch More Fish with Science,” will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 20 at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, Miss.

Harriet Perry, senior research scientist, GCRL’s Center for Fisheries Research & Development will share the scientific facts about where and how to find and catch the Mississippi Grand Slam - speckled trout, redfish, and flounder.

Captain Sonny Schindler of Shore Things Charters, will talk about fishing techniques and tackle and share some of his secrets to having a successful fishing day. Participants will discover what “The Bite” actually is and how to predict when it’s going to be “on.” This first seminar is titled “Use Science to Put More Fish in Your Cooler”.

After soaking up the science behind the big catch, attendees will be treated to hors d'oeuvres prepared by the cooking team from St. Martin High School’s Culinary Arts program. The group, which has received accolades for their preparations, will be serving Gulf Coast Bouillabaisse, Speckled Trout Amandine and Bacon Wrapped Shrimp.

The bouillabaisse is the dish that won St. Martin second place in the 2012 Southern Regional 4-H Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans. The team had a previous win at the same contest when they took first place in 2011 with their Mississippi Style Crabmeat Benedict. The seafood for these delicious dishes will be provided by Mississippi Gulf Fresh Seafood one of the generous sponsors of this seminar series.

This unique culinary program is a two-year classroom and hands-on instructional program that prepares students for employment or continuing education in the foodservice industry. This program of study was written to incorporate the National Restaurant Associations (NRA) ProStart Learning Objectives. 

Any student who successfully completes this program and the mentoring requirements of the NRA can take the National ProStart Certificate of Achievement exam. This is a national certification program recognized throughout the food service industry. This two- year program was designed to articulate to postsecondary food production, hotel and restaurant management and culinary arts.

Partnering with GCRL in this seminar series are: Captain Ronnie Daniels Fisher Man Guide Service, Shore Thing Fishing Charters, Gorenflo’s Tackle & Marine Store. Sponsors include: Charter Bank, Sports Unlimited, Coastal Angler Magazine, Mississippi Gulf Fresh Seafood and Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic. For information about sponsorship, please email marine.education@usm.edu .   

There is still time to sign up for this unique opportunity. The cost for each seminar is $25, or you may sign up for all four for $80. If you would like to speak to someone about registration, please call 228.818.8833 or email marine.education@usm.edu

The seminars will take place in the Caylor Auditorium on the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory campus, located at 703 East Beach Drive in Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39564.