photos by Michael Lothrop
File to Only in New Orleans: when stormy weather forced organizers of Slow Fish 2016 to find alternate venues at the last minute, delegates from the US, Canada and Colombia gathered in a Marigny warehouse used to build Mardi Gras floats, a Mid-City movie theater, an almost-open food market, and the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Cocktails and conversation flowed at all venues as fishers shared their stories and their catch, prepared and served by visiting chefs.
Orlando delegates Gabby Othon of Audubon Park Community Market, Cinthia Sandoval of Wild Ocean Seafood Market (pictured above), and Chef Jes Tantalo of Emmabean came to town with a cooler of rock shrimp, royal reds and smoked mullet, and photographer Michael Lothrop and I tagged along for the often wild and always entertaining ride.
Delegates will share their findings on how to protect family fisheries and native fish populations during two upcoming events: at the Orlando Food Lab meet up on April 26 (free) on the Festival Stage at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival on May 27 (park admission required).