Chefs Brigade sponsored, first-of-its-kind program, Chefs on Boats
Who can reserve a spot on one of the expeditions?
We are currently scheduling chefs from our brigade restaurant partners due to space availability. As we increase the number of available dates in the early spring, the program will broaden to include new restaurant partners and culinary students.
Is there a cost involved?
Not to any participants. This program is currently 100% funded by Chefs Brigade.
Can our organization or business become a partner or sponsor?
Yes. Getting chefs, kitchen staffs and others out into Louisiana fisheries provides a great, hands-on learning experience, and deepens the natural connection between our state’s seafood to the plate. With more organizations and partners joining this program, we will increase awareness of the issues surrounding the seafood industry, its effect on the restaurant industry and Louisiana’s disappearing coast. With each boat tour, we are creating advocates for saving the coast and preserving our fisheries.
What is the program’s purpose?
Chefs Brigade seeks to educate and open a dialogue between New Orleans chefs and coastal fishers. The perils facing the Louisiana seafood industry are also an existential threat to the New Orleans restaurant industry, and the two groups should be working together to find solutions and new paths forward to navigate the complex issues facing our seafood industry.
Where does this expedition start from?
The Delta Marina in Empire, Louisiana is perfectly situated geographically to experience first-hand the productive fisheries and the rapidly vanishing marsh on the west side of the Mississippi River. From there, the boat travels to a crevasse on the east side of the river to explore new marsh created by the Mississippi’s natural forces.
What time do trips leave?
Departing from the Delta Marina in Empire, Louisiana with boatcall at 9:00am
How long will the trip last?
We do our best to return to the marina around 2pm.
What should we wear?
October to April:
Even if the temperature is forecast to be mild it will feel much colder on the water traveling at speed. Coats, windbreakers, warm hats and thermals are a good idea on days below 65 degrees. Layers are a must in colder months.
April to October:
Wear comfortable, season appropriate outdoor clothes. Hats and sunglasses are helpful. Water conditions permitting, comfortable shoes and sandals that can get wet are a good idea. Fishing shirts, Dryfit shirts, and shorts are sure bet. Staying hydrated is key, please bring the beverages of your choice.