Culinary Stage: Ocean Wise Demo with Skipper Otto
Join us for a fun, interactive and delicious food demonstration with Sous Chef Stacy Johnston from Ocean Wise Canada, while she engages in great conversation with Sonia Strobel from Skipper Otto.
Enjoy some great sustainable seafood, while learning about Wild BC fishing, fishing practices and the importance of sustainable and traceable local seafood – and how you can be sure to make informed choices and know what you are eating!
Main Topic of Discussion:Overfishing is a monumental, global issue. Ocean Wise seafood is a conservation program that makes it easy for consumers to choose sustainable seafood for the long-term health of our oceans. The Ocean Wise symbol next to a seafood item is our assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice. With over 700 Ocean Wise partners with thousands of locations across Canada, the Ocean Wise seafood program makes it easy for consumers to make sustainable seafood choices that ensure the health of our oceans for generations to come.
Chef’s Bio: Stacy Johnston is a Sous Chef for the Ocean Wise Association working out of the Vancouver Aquarium. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, her love for prairie flavours began at a young age on her grandparent’s seed farm.
After studying at SAIT Polytechnic she went on to work at the Wascana Country Club where she had the opportunity to compete in the Canadian Culinary Championships in 2015. In 2016 she became the Head Chef at 641 Grill, a farmer owned and locally sourced restaurant. Here she continued to hone her craft and started dreaming about the potential that prairie flavours could have with a more global perspective. In 2018 Stacy relocated to Vancouver to work with Ocean Wise. Here she strives to combine her Saskatchewan heritage with Pacific Northwest flavours to create dishes that comfort and intrigue.
Sonia’s Bio: Since 2001, Sonia and the Strobel family have been working on ways to connect their family’s sustainably harvested seafood with local friends and family. In 2008, Sonia and Shaun Strobel, launched Skipper Otto as an alternative business model for selling fresh, locally sourced seafood.
Community Supported Fishery (CSF) programs, modeled after increasingly popular community-supported agriculture programs, offer members shares of seafood for a pre-paid membership fee. The first CSF program was started in 2008, and similar CSF programs have since been started across the United States and in Europe. Community Supported Fisheries aim to promote a positive relationship between fishermen, consumers, and the ocean by providing high-quality, locally caught seafood to members. CSF programs began as a method to help marine ecosystems recover from the effects of overfishing while maintaining a thriving fishing community.
“We started Skipper Otto Community Supported Fishery to keep independent small-scale fishing alive in BC, protecting our valuable ocean resources, and ensuring customers have direct access to wild, sustainable BC seafood.
We’ve cut out huge swathes of the supply chain providing you with complete transparency around what we are catching, where, and how. We educate consumers around important issues in fisheries, and are rebuilding robust local food systems and communities.”
- Sonia Strobel, Co-Founder of Skipper Otto
Room set-up/format: Sit down information/instructional tasting.
Attire: “Whistler Casual” (anything from jeans and a t-shirt to a gown or suit goes!)
Location: Whistler Conference Centre - Sub Zero & Wolf Culinary Stage - Grand Foyer