What kind of event can you throw in December without it getting lost in the noise of office parties, evergreens, and family gatherings?
We looked at lots of holiday traditions from around the world to find one that didn't feel cliche and finally settled on the Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian seafood feast held on Christmas Eve.
Matching the location and dinner theme is always the hardest part of this challenge. We were lucky to stumble on what has become our favorite location (so far!). The Keezletown Cannery is the longest continuously running cannery in the United States and its rustic architecture, stainless steel drain tables, and giant pressure cookers helped us envision a retro West Coast style fish cannery.
The menu was both warm and comforting on a cold night with steaming bowls of fisherman's stew as well as festive and fun to celebrate the season.
M E N U
Campari and Dill Cured Salmon with Salmon Roe and Crispy Lavash
Baked Spiced Shrimp with Feta, Charred Tomatoes, and Crusty Bread
Greek Fisherman's Stew
Smoke Trout Salad with Haloumi, Pomegranate, and Tahini-Yogurt Dressing
Charred Octopus with Fingerling Potatoes, Spanish Chorizo and Salsa Verde
Roasted Cod with Fennel, Blood Orange, and Olives
Grapefruit and Pomegranate Sorbet with Champagne Caviar
Photography by Aubrey Gee.