The saying goes there’s plenty of fish in the sea, and Modesto’s Galletto Ristorante wants to make sure it stays that way.
The downtown Modesto fine dining spot is hosting a free public discussion Saturday about sustainable seafood in partnership with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. The project works with consumers and businesses to promote seafood that is fished or farmed in environmentally conscious ways that “support a healthy ocean.”
Galletto is the only restaurant in Modesto to partner with Seafood Watch, and one of around 200 dining establishments across the country to sign up to be part of the program. Executive Chef Michael Goularte said Galletto’s the restaurant joined the program more than three years ago. As a partner it had committed to serving only sustainable seafood and also educating staff and diners on the issue.
The free forum will feature Simone Jones of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program as well as representatives from Galletto’s seafood provider, Aloha Seafoods. But they won’t just be talking about seafood, the restaurant will also serve seafood appetizers and sparkling wine to attendees.
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“Sustainability is very important to me and the owners. We don’t want anything overfished,” Goularte said. “We want our kids and our grandkids to have the opportunity to eat and experience seafood in the future.”
For Galletto, being part of Seafood Watch has meant being more conscious of the seasons and where product is sourced. For example all of the restaurant’s calamari comes from California and is cleaned in the United States, instead of being shipped overseas for cheaper labor costs.
“I’m from Gustine and grew up around farms. So to me farm-to-fork sustainability means a lot,” Goularte said.
The Seafood Watch program will start at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Galletto Vine Arbor Patio at 1101 J St. Admission is free. For more information call 209-523-4500 or visit www.facebook.com/gallettoristo.