by Sophie Gayot
For months, the world has watched with horror the oil spill caused by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drill rig in the Gulf of Mexico that killed eleven people. We are all very sad for the families of the men who left us.
Even though the well has been sealed, another drama is now unfolding concerning the area’s fishermen. The sales of their products — shrimp, oysters, crabs, crawfish and over 167 varieties of fin fish — have gone down. If they stay at that reduced level, most of them will not have enough income to support their families and businesses. Imagine the chain reaction on the economy in the region. Thousands and thousands will be affected. After Hurricane Katrina, they certainly do NOT need this.
After conducting many tests, the experts definitely agree that seafood from the Gulf is safe. If you are like me, so far, you’ve done nothing to actually support the population, besides almost cry when looking, powerlessly, at the images during the long ordeal, and curse at BP. Now, as foodies, we can do something.
On December 1st, restaurants from across the country will serve special menus and dishes created with seafood from the Gulf. New Orleans‘ passionate chefs and restaurateurs, including John Besh (Restaurant August), and Ralph Brennan (Red Fish Grill, Bacco), are part of this initiative to put Gulf seafood back into national commerce as quickly as possible.
I will, personally, take time some to go to New Orleans on December 1st and meet with the fishermen to show the support that GAYOT.com is offering them in publicizing “America’s Night Out for Gulf Seafood” and trying to bring as many restaurateurs and patrons together.
Please mark the date of December 1st on your calendar to prevent another disaster from hitting the Gulf. Thank you for your help.