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October 20, 2011
Cheryl Reitan | Interim director | UMD Public Relations and Marketing | 218 726-8996 |
Sharon Moen | Science writer | Minnesota Sea Grant Program | 218 726-8106 |

Spilly's Recipe Contest

Minnesota Sea Grant's "Salute to Lake Superior's Sustainable Fisheries" will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 from 4-6:30 p.m. at the U of M McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis.

The event includes a recipe contest and live music. Held in honor of the people whose livelihood depends on Lake Superior, and in honor of the Minnesota Sea Grant founder Athelstan "Spilly" Spilhaus, former Dean of the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering, the admission is $10.

At approximately 5 pm, the winner of the professional cooking competition will be declared and awarded their prize.

Chancellor Lendley C. Black will be present, as well as UMD alumni.

Additional Information About the Event
Ten of the region's top chefs will be tasked with creating an entrée from lake herring caught on Lake Superior. The participants will compete for a $1000 prize and American Culinary Federation honors.

"We don't typically throw fetes like this," said Sharon Moen, science writer for the Sea Grant. "But 100 is a big deal, Lake Superior's lake herring fisheries are a big deal, nutrition is a big deal and, hey, it's National Seafood Month."

After the competition, guests will join the celebration and sample the competing dishes. There will be music by North Shore musician Michael Monroe.

Throughout the night the winners of Spilly's Recipe Contest will be revealed, and several of the contributors to Lake Superior sustainable fishing will be introduced.

Additional Information About Spilhaus
Spilhaus would have been 100 years old this November, and he was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He received his master's degree from the Michigan Institute of Technology and invented the Bathythermograph, which made possible the measurement of ocean depths and temperatures from a moving vessel, and was essential to submarine warfare.

Spilhaus recommended the foundation of the Sea Grant program at a 1963 meeting of the American Fisheries Society, claiming that it should be modeled after the land-grant colleges. In Spilhaus' words, it was "one of the best investments this nation ever made. The same kind of imagination and foresight should be applied to the exploration of the sea." Spilhaus passed away in 1998.

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