Trash Fish dinners


Photo:  Trash Fish Las Vegas, July 2013. L to R: Tim Doolittle (Table Ten Las Vegas), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill), Rick Moonen (Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood), Michael Passmore (Passmore Ranch), Mike Minor (Border Grill Las Vegas), Susan Feniger (Border Grill and Susan Feniger’s STREET), Jet Tila (Kuma Snow Cream & The Charleston), and Michael Leviton (Lumiere). Credit: Big Tom Photography.

What is a Trash Fish dinner?

The goal of Trash Fish dinners is to show that there’s no such thing as so-called “trash fish.” Trash Fish dinners are collaborative educational fundraising dinners organized by Member chefs to celebrate – and help promote demand for – undervalued and underutilized species of fish with the ultimate goal of proving that there is no such thing as so-called “trash fish.”

To date, 35+ Member chefs have hosted nine Trash Fish dinner events across the country, engaging thousands of their loyal customers in the idea that eating undervalued and underutilized fish species is one way they can help sustain our endangered ocean fisheries.

Proceeds from Trash Fish dinners fund Chefs Collaborative scholarship and education programs to help chefs learn about critical issues in our food system, take action, and leverage their buying power to make an impact in their communities. When chefs change menus, chefs change lives.

Chefs Collaborative is a 501c3 organization and all gifts are tax deductible.

Who can host a Trash Fish dinner?

Any Member of Chefs Collaborative can host Trash Fish dinners! Trash Fish dinners are organized in cities across the country, throughout the year. By hosting a Trash Fish dinner, you’re helping to do your part to educate and inspire people to buy, cook, and serve these undervalued and underutilized fish, and help create a better food system. In addition, anyone can participate in a Trash Fish dinner by attending a dinner!

How to host a Trash Fish dinner

  1. Review how organizing a Trash Fish dinner works – both how Chefs Collaborative supports you and how you support the event.

  2. Sign up to host a Trash Fish dinner!

  3. Plan your event! Review, access, and utilize the Trash Fish dinner toolkit, which includes additional information, instructions, marketing materials, and messaging (password protected – for active event hosts).


“The Trash Fish toolkit provided by Chefs Collaborative made it easy for us to plan and co-host our first Trash Fish dinner! The event sold out quickly and generated a huge community buzz in Sarasota! Five local chefs prepared family style courses for 120 guests while guest speakers spoke about the fishing industry. The event also raised $15,000 for Chefs Collaborative scholarship and education programs. We can’t wait to host our second dinner in summer 2015.” – Tracy Freeman, Edible Sarasota, Sarasota.

Past Trash Fish Dinners


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