Pop Bottle Dining

“This is to confirm your reservation for the media dinner aboard the Floating Dining Room.”

On Friday afternoon, with two designers down and minor fires to be put out on all fronts, the above words sat buried beneath the layers of apps, chats, browser tabs, new windows, reply-alls, tweets and calendar reminders. It was only at the end of the day that I found myself with the chance to sit back and actually take in exactly what I had been invited to: that this coming Saturday would see me sitting with 12 others on a raft in False Creek with 1,675 plastic 2-litre bottles built into its frame. and enjoying a six course sustainable seafood menu prepared by Chef Robert Clark and his team at C Restaurant.

This event, which is being held every night between July 21st until the end of September, 2010, is a fundraising effort by the School of Fish Foundation. Created by Clark and Shannon Ronalds, the SOFF’s mission is to persuade culinary schools throughout the world to include a comprehensive sustainable seafood course as a requirement prior to graduation. A number of Vancouver’s finer restaurants and associations are partners with the organization including C Restaurant, Bishop’s, Cabana Bar and Grille, Joe Fortes, NU Restaurant and Lounge, Mission Hill Winery, Raincity Grill and RM Seafood.

More to come on this throughout the week and, of course, there will certainly be a follow up report. In fact, since my initial shock and excitement upon learning about this event, a piece aired on Global and went on to be picked up by CNN so the momentum is definitely building. The video can be viewed below. For those interested in making a reservation, I encourage you to visit the SOFF website.


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