The world’s healthiest people consume oceans of seafood. Icelanders eat 220 pounds per capita annually and have an average life expectancy of 81 years; in contrast, Americans eat less than 16 pounds and have a life expectancy of 78 years. The light, easy-to-digest protein is low in calories, rich in omega-3 fatty acids and can be prepared in a myriad of delicious ways. Planners, dive in!
Guests who can’t decide between a rainbow roll or shrimp ceviche can enjoy both at Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar’s unique suviche bar. Located in Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona, the raw bar merges Asian and Latin influences to create a signature seafood experience. Pair it with tastings from more than 111 different rums.
San Francisco Treat
Cioppino is a tomato-based soup brimming with fresh clams, mussels, crab, shrimp and other seafood. If you want the real deal, visit Sotto Mare in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, where it is served in a giant silver bowl with a ladle. Use freshly baked bread to mop up the extra sauce and make sure to wear a bib.
Sweet, meaty scallops lend themselves to elegant presentations. At HB’s on the Gulf, the beachside restaurant at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Naples, Florida, chef Justin Hornyak serves pan-seared scallops (pictured) with potato gnocchi, crispy pancetta and dried apricots in a beurre monte sauce, and finishes it with fresh herbs.
Cakes With a Kick
Thames Street Oyster House dishes up traditional seafood in Baltimore’s historic Fells Point neighborhood. The restaurant’s classic Maryland crab cake, cleverly served in a small cast iron skillet, features jumbo lumps of fresh blue crab and is topped with a spicy remoulade. It will put a smile on the face of even the most crabby event attendee.
New Englanders love their lobster rolls; the ones served at ArtBar in Royal Sonesta Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts, are wicked awesome. Generous chunks of lobster meat are mixed in a light lemon aioli and piled high on buttery, toasted rolls. They are served with a basket of crispy sweet potato tater tots, which are equally awesome.