This post comes to us from Chefs Collaborative member Rich Garcia, the executive chef at 606 Congress and one of the first chefs in the area to start working with Trace and Trust, an innovative program helping connect local fishermen with chefs and diners who want to know more about where their seafood’s coming from.

Email from Captain Stephen Arnold sent March 4, 2011 7:30pm

” Hi Rich, we are just coming by Block Island now. Weather has not been favorable to get to the fluke since last email. I have some on board we caught this morning. Captain Chris Brown is still out and will be landing his tomorrow. We are very much interested in getting some up to you. Chris wants to send you fish off his boat, I will get with him in the morning and make arrangements. I just want to make sure you get the top quality, freshest batch!”

Captain Stephen Arnold

This is the communication that should be happening more often. This is making sure that I can honestly answer a guests questions when they ask “where is the fish from today?”. This is supporting local fisherman directly. And this is a fisherman supporting my efforts to give my guests the best possible product, going out of his way to make sure it fished sustainably, handled with extra care, kept fresh, cold and arrives at my loading dock properly. This is awesome!

Read more about the commercial fisherman of Point Judith Rhode Island, including Stephen Arnold & Chris Brown, here.

—Rich Garcia