PORTLAND, Maine, June 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On June 19, the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC) brought a taste of Maine to Dallas culinary tastemakers during a Maine Lobster-inspired industry night. As one of Texas' largest and most influential restaurant hubs, the MLMC hosted the event to share the story of Maine Lobster with both veteran chefs and rising stars in Dallas.
In partnership with culinary trendsetter Chef Blythe Beck of the restaurant Pink Magnolia, the MLMC hosted a "Maine After Midnight" celebration for the city's top culinary teams. The event allowed attendees to sample a seasonal delicacy, Maine New Shell Lobster, and to experience its culinary versatility and understand the fishery's history and centuries-long commitment to sustainability.
"My style is all about the nostalgic charm of Southern home cooking in an elegant setting, and adding love and unexpected flavors to everything I create," said Chef Beck. "Maine Lobster adds that surprising layer of sophistication and flavor to my dishes, such as my signature deviled eggs and my fried lobster tails. While each Southern dish tells a story, so do its ingredients – and Maine Lobster is one of the best stories out there – one that I think diners in Dallas will love."
Event attendees immersed themselves into the rich history of the Maine Lobster industry learning straight from the source, as several Maine Lobstermen mingled with guests to educate them about the industry.
"In Maine, we grow up surrounded by lobster, but we know our industry is a mystery to most," says Maine Lobsterman Dustin Delano. "We are excited to be in Dallas to share the story of our industry, our communities, and the product that is our livelihood with chefs and media."
"We are catching more lobster than ever before – last year, the industry landed over 131 million pounds of lobsters – and with advances in shipping technologies, it's no longer a challenge to get product to markets like Dallas," said Matt Jacobson, Executive Director of the MLMC. "Inspiring and educating chefs here in Dallas lets us share what we as Mainers have enjoyed for centuries."
The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative will bring "Maine After Midnight" to tastemakers in culinary epicenters across the country throughout the season including Chicago, San Francisco and New York City. For the latest on these events, follow #MaineLobster and connect with MLMC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and visit www.lobsterfrommaine.com.
About the MLMC
The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative (MLMC), founded in 2013, is funded by Maine Lobster harvesters, dealers and processors to grow demand, both for whole live lobster and a variety of value-added products. The MLMC supports that objective by promoting the core values of the Maine Lobster industry, which are sustainability and traceability that's deeply rooted in tradition. The industry has been self-regulating for more than 150 years and in 2013 achieved the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, allowing Maine Lobster to officially certify its long-standing sustainable practices. To learn more about the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative and Maine Lobster industry, visit www.lobsterfrommaine.com.
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