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 tasting stations, cooking demonstrations and other engaging programs and activities. We'll continue many of your favorite events, like our Food & Wine Adventures, and we're bringing back many of your favorite celebrity chefs for intimate food and wine events, salons and cooking demos. We're also going to take Cooking for Solutions to you, with culinary events around northern California and collaborations with chefs and conservation partners around the country.


Food & Wine Dinners

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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This dinner is now sold out. If you were unable to make a reservation, please call (831) 647-6886 and ask to be added to our waiting list.



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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This dinner is now sold out. If you were unable to make a reservation, please call (831) 647-6886 and ask to be added to our waiting list.


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 Company. 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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Cooking for Solutions Celebration Weekends

The Party with Carla Hall

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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Sustainable Foods Celebration

Sustainable Foods Celebration: Make It Sustainable Weekend

Oct. 3–4 (Sat.–Sun.)

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

This weekend of food events, tastings and cooking demonstrations throughout the Aquarium for the whole family will emphasize making ocean-friendly seafood choices during October, National Seafood Month. Activities will connect our choices of the foods we eat with the health of the soil, water and ocean.

We'll also host ticketed events for Aquarium members and the public including:
  • Talk & Taste programs with celebrity chefs
  • Food & Wine Adventures throughout Monterey Bay
  • The Amuse-Bouche hors d'oeuvres and wine reception
  • The Party with music, dancing, food and culinary celebrities

After-Hours Weekends at the Aquarium

Wine tasting 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 explore our exhibit galleries without the daytime crowds. You'll also enjoy tastings from local Seafood Watch restaurant partners and sample sustainable wines. Enjoy beverages from a no-host bar and snacks from a special menu created by the Aquarium's culinary partner, Chef Cindy Pawlcyn. We'll have live music in a variety of styles each Saturday and live jazz from Monterey Jazz Festival musicians on Sundays.


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.