On Saturday, March 8, 2014, Marina del Rey’s iconic seaside dining destination, CAFE del REY will host the second installment of “Permission to Come Aboard,” a bi-annual package for seafood enthusiasts and adventurous diners in Los Angeles and beyond. Guests are invited to join Executive Chef Chuck Abair on a half-day fishing expedition ($55, ½ day boat trip and fishing license included) along the Marina del Rey coastline followed by a barbeque-style lunch at CAFE del REY featuring the freshly caught catch of the day ($110, boat trip and barbeque). The trip—with an intimate number of guests, ranging between 10 to 30 people – departs with Chef Abair from Marina del Rey in search of sustainable game fish in the Santa Monica Bay and is ideal for first-time fishermen, with boat fees and fishing license included.
“We try to source as locally as possible and ‘Permission to Come Aboard’ gives us the opportunity to explore our very own backyard,” says CAFE del REY Executive Chef Chuck Abair who is an avid fisherman. At the restaurant, Abair utilizes market-fresh ingredients from local artisans and farmers and incorporates an array of house-made specialties in his seasonal Mediterranean-inspired menus. Standout menu items for the winter menu include Fish Stew comprised of assorted fish and shellfish, orzo, chickpeas, carrots, fennel, and tomato broth and Dorade with couscous, tzatziki, red onion, mint, and cucumber.
Bringing farm-to-table dining to the next level, the “Permission to Come Aboard” package allows guests to have a hands-on-deck experience of the fresh seafood sourced daily from the Marina del Rey docks. The package will be available bi-annually with the next trip in the fall. The trip is approximately 4.5 hours beginning at 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.