Cooking for Solutions

We've spiced up the recipe for our 14th annual Cooking for Solutions celebration with new events and festivities all year long! Now there are more ways than ever for you to connect with chefs, farmers, winemakers and food artisans—at the Aquarium and beyond.

We're hosting not one but two celebration weekends featuring food and wine events, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, and other engaging programs and activities. We're also going to take Cooking for Solutions to you, with culinary events in northern California and collaborations with chefs and conservation partners around the country.

Cooking for Solutions Celebration Weekends

Sustainable Foods Celebration


Cooking for Solutions Make It Sustainable Weekend

Oct. 3–4 (Sat.–Sun.)

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Some events included with Aquarium admission; fee and reservations vary

Whether you're super green or just learning about sustainability, join kitchen science expert and ocean advocate Alton Brown at the Aquarium to discover how easy it is to "Make It Sustainable" in your daily life. From free cooking demonstrations and tastings for the whole family throughout the Aquarium to The Party, a lively bash featuring ocean-friendly food and drink, you'll connect your buying decisions with the health of the soil, water and ocean wildlife.

Activities include:

  • Sustainable Foods Celebration throughout the Aquarium on Saturday and Sunday with tastings
  • Cooking demos by Chef Sam Choy and Seafood Watch Blue Ribbon Task Force chefs John Ash, William Dissen and Nathan Lyon on the Great Tide Pool deck
  • 2015 Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award Ceremony for recipient Anjali World
  • The Prelude with Sam Choy and Anjali World, cooking demonstration and conversation
  • The Party with Alton Brown, featuring music, dancing, and sustainable food and drink
  • Kelp Forest feeding program featuring Alton Brown
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Check back regularly for information on purchasing tickets, chef bios and additional details about the year-round lineup of Cooking for Solutions events, as we'll be adding new events all the time. There are special prices for Aquarium members, and some events are open only to members. In some cases, package prices are available when you purchase tickets for multiple events. A portion of the fee for some events is tax-deductible.

For more information about Cooking for Solutions events, please call our Sales & Reservation Center at (831) 647-6886.

This Year's Past Events

Food & Wine Dinner: Bonny Doon Vineyard and Chef Cindy Pawlcyn

Feb. 21 (Sat.)

  • Cindy's Waterfront at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Fee and reservations required
  • Ages 21 and up
Enjoy this intimate five-course dinner prepared by our award-winning culinary partner, Chef Cindy Pawlcyn—the creator of Mustards Grill in Napa Valley and other celebrated restaurants. The menu, which includes a seafood selection prepared two ways and one lamb dish, is perfectly paired with wines from Bonny Doon Vineyard of Davenport.
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Food & Wine Dinner: Hourglass Blueline Vineyard and Chef Cindy Pawlcyn

March 28 (Sat.)

  • Cindy's Waterfront at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Fee and reservations required
  • Ages 21 and up
Savor this five-course seafood dinner prepared by our award-winning culinary partner, Chef Cindy Pawlcyn. The menu features the freshest seafood including Pacific white sea bass and diver-caught sea scallops, along with appetizers and dessert, plus wines from Hourglass Blueline Vineyard of St. Helena to complement each course.
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Cooking for Solutions on the Road: An Afternoon at The Hess Collection

April 25 (Sat.)

  • The Hess Collection, Napa Valley
  • Fee and reservations required
  • Ages 21 and up

Join The Hess Collection and the Aquarium in Napa Valley for a special day with The Hess Collection's executive chef, Chad Hendrickson, and its sustainable winemaking team, plus special guest chefs Michael Cimarusti (Providence and Connie and Ted's), Justin Cogley (Aubergine), John Fink (The Whole Beast), Jeff Jake (Silverado Resort and Spa), Darren McRonald (The Pullman Kitchen), Armando Navarro (El Dorado Kitchen) and Rodney Worth (The Pear Southern Bistro), along with Cowgirl Creamery and Hog Island Oyster Co. This unique food and wine event—served in the winery's world-class contemporary art museum—features ingredients grown right on the vineyard, and tastings of small lot releases offered only at the winery.
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The Party with Carla Hall

Celebration Weekend: Cooking for Solutions World Oceans Day Weekend

June 6–7 (Sat.–Sun.)

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium and surrounding locations
  • Some events included with Aquarium admission; fees and reservations vary

Discover delicious ways to live an ocean-friendly lifestyle at our first Cooking for Solutions Celebration Weekend honoring World Oceans Day! This fun-filled weekend focuses on sustainable and organic food from land and sea, and explores how our everyday food choices can help the health of the oceans. Learn about the Aquarium's conservation programs during our Sustainable Foods Celebration, and enjoy food events, tastings and cooking demonstrations for the whole family.

We'll also host ticketed events for Aquarium members and the public including:
  • Morning Feeding Frenzy Tour with Carla Hall behind the scenes at the Aquarium
  • Daytime Talk & Taste Series at the Aquarium with celebrity chefs
  • Daytime Food & Wine Adventures throughout the Monterey Bay region
  • Afternoon Bubbles and Bites on the Bay sparkling wine event
  • The Prelude evening reception with Nathan Lyon and Aarti Sequeira
  • Late-night event The Party with Carla Hall with music, dancing, food and culinary celebrities
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Wine tasting at the Aquarium

After-Hours Weekends at the Aquarium: Evenings by the Bay

Summer Weekends (Saturdays and Sundays)

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Included with Aquarium admission
Extended summer hours until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays allow you to stroll our exhibit galleries with a glass of wine and without the daytime crowds. Enjoy sustainable bites in our Cafe, including brick-oven pizzas, fresh-tossed salads and desserts. We'll have live music in a variety of styles each Saturday and live jazz from Monterey Jazz Festival musicians on Sundays.
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Cooking for Solutions on the Road: Peet's Roasting Plant Tour

Aug. 23 (Sun.)

  • Alameda, California
  • Fee and reservations required
  • Ages 18 and up
For some of us coffee isn't just a morning pick-me-up, it's an obsession. Peet's Coffee is offering a special tour for Cooking for Solutions, providing you with an inside look into the country's first LEED Gold Certified Roasting Plant in Alameda, California. You'll come away with a better understanding of the tremendous measures Peet's takes to uphold its tenants of selectivity, artisanship, craft and freshness. The two-hour tour will include a visit with a Peet's coffee roaster, a guided coffee cupping and more.
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Hog Island Oyster Company

Cooking for Solutions on the Road: Consider the Oyster with Hog Island Oyster Co.

Sept. 19 (Sat.)

  • Marshall, California
  • Fee and reservations required
  • Ages 21 and up
Oysters are often considered a luxury food item, but growing sustainable oysters can be a salty business—literally. Meet John Finger and Terry Sawyer, owners of Hog Island Oyster Co., and learn how their sustainable aquaculture practices help preserve the ocean ecosystem and produce top quality oysters that are sought by some of the best chefs in the West. This casual outdoor event at Hog Island's spectacular waterside location in Marshall, California, will feature a reception with ample oysters and sparkling wine, followed by a sustainable seafood dinner prepared by Hog Island Oyster Co.'s executive chef, Christopher Laramie. Wear layers, and expect to be awed by amazing food and beautiful views of Tomales Bay.
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