by Clancy DuBos
Despite a worldwide recession, the lingering after-effects of Hurricane Katrina and a broadside from the BP Oil Disaster, New Orleans’ tourism industry is having a banner year. New Orleans continues to rank as one of the most popular destinations in the country — yet misperceptions persist about the safety of Gulf Seafood following the oil spill.
To help the local seafood industry fight those misperceptions, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau is supporting an event called “Dine America: America’s Night Out for Gulf Seafood.” This Wednesday, December 1, more than 170 chefs and restaurants in cities across the country will participate in the first “America’s Night out for Gulf Seafood” to promote the safety of Gulf seafood in the aftermath of the BP oil spill.
Each participating restaurant will serve a special dish that includes either fish, oysters, shrimp or crabs from the Gulf of Mexico, which supplies nearly half of the country’s seafood.
The event is intended to demonstrate that seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is safe to eat and is the most scrutinized and tested seafood in the world.
The special “night out” is also meant to honor the thousands of Americans and their families in the Gulf seafood industry who are now back at work fishing the Gulf waters for their catches.
For more information, visit the CVB’s homepage at www.neworleanscvb.com and click on “Dine America.”