Talking Trash About Mainstream Seafood

November 19, 2015

Chef Kelly Whitaker of Boulder, Colorado’s Basta pizzeria and its sister restaurant, Cart Driver, is reminiscing about wrestling with an octopus. This was a literal, not a symbolic experience, and yet, it does provide some potent imagery for Whitaker’s struggle to bring sustainable seafood to menus nationwide. In fact, this oddball episode occurred while Whitaker was attending an educational conference as a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force for the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch, where, beyond getting to go behind the scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium to hug it out with sea creatures, groups of like-minded chefs and…