Cooking for Solutions 2011

It’s that time of year again–the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s annual culinary event, Cooking for Solutions, is just around the corner.

This year’s festivities have expanded to fill three days. Previously just a two-day event on Friday and Saturday, this year’s schedule includes events on Sunday too, making for a weekend full of foodie festivities.

The event kicks off with the annual Cooking for Solutions gala on Friday night. This is one of my favorite events, a chance to wine and dine around the aquarium, sampling tasty bites from various celebrity chefs. This year’s honored chef is Rick Moonen, well known in the culinary scene for his Vegas restaurant, rm seafood, and most recently his stint as a judge on Top Chef. Joining Rick at Friday’s gala is a laundry list of chefs, including Bay Area stars Charles Phan, Cindy Pawlcyn and Chris Cosentino, and local favorites like Tony Baker, Dory Ford and Cal Stamenov, and many more. Check out the full lineup of chefs here.

But I’m most excited for the Sustainable Seafood Challenge. This year’s challenge features Top Chef alums Casey Thompson, Bryan Voltaggio and . . . wait for it . . . Carla Hall! Hootie Hoo! Yes, you read it right–Top Chef fan favorite Carla Hall will be in town for this year’s Cooking for Solutions. Good thing I snagged my tickets the day they went on sale back in January, as this member-only event is now sold out. But fear not, if you missed your chance to buy tickets, I’ll be sure to give you a full report, readers.

If you want to join in on the foodie fun, you can purchase tickets here. And stay tuned for the full scoop on the gala and seafood challenge, now just two weeks away!

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