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Chefs on Boats

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What Is Chefs Brigade?

As a non-profit organization and coalition encompassing 90 independent New Orleans and Gulf Coast restaurant partners (and growing), our programs and energies are dedicated to serving our beloved restaurant industry, and fighting food insecurity in our neighborhoods during times of need and disaster.

Further, by building relationships and partnerships with the Louisiana and Gulf Coast fishing industry, regional purveyors, farmers and environmental organizations, Chefs Brigade is dedicated to saving our waterways and preserving the seafood bounty of Coastal Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.

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Our expeditions explore habitats crucial to the various lifecycles of the most common species. "The buffet of our buffet" travels throughout rivers, tidal bayous, salt water marshes and into the Gulf. Many species rely on the convergence of the systems unique to coastal estuaries.

Measuring salinities, turbidity, observing local fauna and flora, participants are encouraged to ask questions and to think about how interconnected our ecosystems are.

Lower Mississippi River Delta / Breton Sound Basin Lower Plaquemines parish fisheries, restoration projects, and an exploration of the ever changing delta.

FUTURE SERIES: St. Bernard Delta

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Sustainable & Regenerative Sytems

Exploring these topics and how they are used throughout the food industry, we encourage participants to understand the dynamics behind these terms. Defining them and exploring their meaning from land & water to consumer trends and purchasing. We encourage questions and welcome input.

There are many indicators throughout the expeditions that demonstrate the ebb and flow of the systems that sustain Gulf fisheries.  Collaborating across disciplines, we work to understand various sectors' approach to sustainability and regeneration.

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Who is eligible for Chefs on Boats cost-free expeditions?

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Professional Chefs

Chefs of all backgrounds are encouraged to participate. Private chefs, caterers, restaurant and hotel chefs alike, we encourage you to sign up as a team.

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Culinary Students

In coordination with local culinary schools and industry training programs, we bring this educational experience to the next generation of culinary leaders.

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Restaurant Staff

Dishwashers, prep cooks, line cooks, oyster shuckers, servers and bartenders, we encourage participation across "the house". Team signups are encouraged.

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