Tennessee Aquarium Hosts 'Decapod Duel'

Sep 16, 2013

Serve and Protect is the sustainable seafood program at the Tennessee Aquarium, encouraging people to eat seafood that has been harvested sustainably. As part of Serve and Protect, celebrity chef Virginia Willis will participate in the "Decapod Duel," a cook-off involving shrimp and crayfish on Thursday, September 19th.

Chef Virginia Willis
Credit Scott M. Porush

The 3rd annual Serve and Protect looks to the Gulf Coast with a southern take on two sustainably harvested crustaceans.  This year celebrity chefs Virginia Willis and Susan Spicer will share tips and tricks to get the most out shrimp and crawfish.  The Serve and Protect events include a midday cooking presentation at the IMAX at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September 19th.  Later that day an event with cocktails and appetizers at the IMAX begins at 5:30 PM with Chefs Willis and Spicer presenting a friendly skillet-to-skillet competition cooking up shrimp and crawfish. 

Serve and Protect continues across the city with the Downtown Dine Around on Friday September 20th and Saturday September 21st.  Local restaurants will offer sustainable seafood options prepared by some of the Scenic City's best chefs.  Serve and Protect Culinary Partners include:

  • 212 Market
  • Back Inn Cafe
  • Bluewater Grille
  • Broad Street Grille
  • Easy Bistro & Bar
  • Events with Taste Catering
  • Lee Towery Catering
  • Porter's Steakhouse
  • Public House
  • Rembrandt's
  • St. John's Restaurant
  • Sticky Fingers
  • Swiss Am Fine Catering
  • Whole Foods Market

Wrap up the weekend of Serve and Protect with the Cast Iron Cookoff at the Chattanooga Market on Sunday, September 22nd.  During this event local chefs will be provided with a mystery sustainable seafood product and will have 1 hour to shop at the Chattanooga Market before preparing their dish to present to the judges.  The Cast Iron Cookoff is a popular event allowing an up-close look at these chefs in action as they shop, prepare and present their best seafood dishes.