After a successful opening of his latest venture and highly-anticipated Cultura Comida y Bebida in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Chef John Cox heads across the country to Savannah, Georgia, for this year’s AquaCurean Gourmet Seafood and Spirits Celebration.
Cox will be bringing the flavors of Monterey County as a guest chef at the event, which will be held on August 26–28, 2016, at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa. Cox will join five other guest chefs for the “Chef’s Showcase: A Mediterranean Experience,” a five-course culinary journey with paired cocktails and spirits, and will also be participating in the exclusive “Event Haus VIP Premium Pour.”
Chef Cox will be bringing a couple of his favorite Monterey Bay ingredients to Savannah including red abalone and fresh squid, two of the most iconic ingredients in California which have helped shape our local history. In addition, Cox will be creating a ceviche with Atlantic spiny lobster, one of his favorite East Coast seafoods. He will also present a special gift from Monterey County to Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.
“I’m incredibly excited to visit Savannah! Not only is the city a vibrant culinary destination, it is also home to one of the East Coast’s largest marine sanctuaries,” says Cox. “Here in Monterey, sustainability and ocean stewardship are deeply woven into our community; and I can’t wait to learn more about the work they are doing at Gray’s Reef.”
“We have been using culinary theater to tell the broader tale of Monterey County’s incredible experiences to inspire travel from across the country,” says Tammy Blount, President and CEO of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Chef Cox is one of our best brand storytellers, and we are proud to have him represent our destination by showcasing the bounty of our region.”
From the verdant Salinas and Carmel Valleys to the watery refuge of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Monterey County offers everything from farm to table and sea to sustainable platter year-round.
Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program also helps consumers and business make choices for a healthy ocean by choosing seafood that is fished or farmed in ways that protect sea life and habitats. The unparalleled culinary tradition in Monterey County sprouts from a perfect mix of climate and geology that combine to nurture produce of all kinds. With 40,000+ acres of vines and nine different American Viticulture Areas, this region’s bounty of harvest bursts with an abundance of unique offerings. It’s the combination of inventiveness, craftsmanship, sustainability and breathtaking scenery that makes Monterey County the ideal destination for food and wine lovers.