Which bass is best?


Which bass is best?



December 19, 2008



Over a fish dinner, writer Paul Greenberg will answer the question, “Which bass is best?” He will cover issues surrounding the name “bass” — how it is used as a marketing ploy to cover over the way fishmongers substitute one declining wild species for another and then finally swap in farmed fish. He will also talk about issues surrounding aquaculture — how does one judge a good product? What are the real costs of aquaculture? And why are their no organic standards for farmed fish in America? Dinner by Corina Weibel and David Thorne.

Paul Greenberg is a writer living in New York City with extensive experience reporting on seafood and ocean issues. His opinion pieces, essays and articles on wild fisheries and aquaculture have been published in The New York Times Opinion Page, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, The Boston Globe Sunday Ideas Section, and The New England Fisherman. His 2005 New York Times Magazine article on Chilean Sea Bass received the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ “Bert Greene Award” for excellence in food writing. The Penguin Press is due to publish Paul’s book on eating sustainably from the sea. A guest and commentator on public radio programs including All Things Considered and The Leonard Lopate Show, Paul’s commitment to educating the public about fisheries conservation has taken him all over the world, including the Falkland and Shetland Islands, Siberia’s Lake Baikal, Patagonia, Scandinavia, and the countries of the former Yugoslavia.

Corina Weibel is the chef at the new and well-reviewed Canelé Restaurant in Atwater Village, Los Angeles, CA.

David Thorne is an artist and chef.

Photo: Laura Straus