Meet the Fleet

Schedule for 2023: February, April, June, September and November

The Meet the Fleet event brings together local chefs and fishermen with an informative presentation and tasting that will be sure to deepen your appreciation of local seafood.  Our first Meet the Fleet in 2023 is February 15 and more events are tentatively planned for April, June, September and November. Please check back for updates on the schedule !

Virtual Meet the Fleet Cooking Class on Wednesday, February 15 at 5:30pm

Join us from the comfort of your own kitchen and learn how to cook monkfish!

We are excited to kick off our first Meet the Fleet of the year with Chef Tyler Hadfield from The Rail who has prepared a delicious Monkfish Piccata recipe for this cooking class. We will provide you with all the necessary ingredients to cook at home and Chef  Tyler will walk you through each step, making sure you can confidently cook this unsightly but very tasty fish.

Monkfish is an important part of the Cape’s fishing industry – you will also hear from local fishermen about this fishery. 


    • Tickets are $75 per household and includes all the necessary ingredients to cook the recipe for two people.
    • Between 12 – 4 p.m. – Pick up your insulated cooler bag filled with the ingredients needed, along with the printed recipe, at Fishermen’s Alliance office: 1566 Main St, Chatham, MA 02633. 
    • 5:30 p.m. – Log on to the Zoom link to attend the Meet the Fleet Cooking Class (link will be provided the day before).

Reservations must be made by Wednesday, February 8th.

Meet the Fleet Recap 2022

Meet the Fleet was a huge success for 2022 and it was so great to be back in person.

Meet the Fleet in Chatham on November 17

It was a packed theater with 120 guests that were eager to learn more about oysters.  Thank you to Chatham Orpheum Theater  for hosting and showing the docu-film, Tide to Table. Thank you to Pizza Shark and their delicious seafood pizza, along with guest speakers Stephen Wright and Farran Jalbert from Chatham Shellsfish, and Paul Wittenstein from A.R.C. Shellfish Hatchery. 

Meet the Fleet in Orleans on September 28

It was a beautiful fall evening at the marina in East Orleans with 60 guests in attendance. Hosted by our generous sponsor, Nauset Marine. Guest speakers included a panel of knowledgeable fishermen – Kurt Martin, Bill Amaru, Andrew Spalt and Stephanie Sykes. Our guest chef and owners of The Rail, Cam and Tyler Hadfield, shared with us their story and delicious offerings of conch and Jonah crab. Refreshments were provided by Quahog Republic. 


    Meet the Fleet in Falmouth on June 22

    Thank you to the 40 guests who joined us for this unique Meet the Fleet. We heard from local business owners and fishermen, sharing their on-the-water experience and love of sustainable seafood. Thank you to our host and speakers, Tracy and Jesse of Wooden Island Wild and The Fisherman’s Pantry in Falmouth Village, to local fisherman Ken Baughman, and to Quahog Republic for providing refreshments.

    Meet the Fleet in Chatham on May 12

    We had 80 guests join us to enjoy refreshments and lite bites from Chatham Bars Inn and Quahog Republic, followed by an informative presentation by Lisa Whelan of Dancing Spoons Chef Services and retired fisherman Mike Anderson shared his experience on the water with entertaining fish tales.  Lisa cooked up a tasty hake recipe!


    For more information about these events, please contact Jenn Allard.

    Please Take Note
    Individuals with disabilities who need a special accommodation to participate in a Fishermen’s Alliance program, service, or activity, should call the ADA/504 Coordinator Melissa Sanderson at (508) 945-2432 x103 or the Massachusetts Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-439-2370 at least two working days in advance.

    Reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to, interpreters, assistive listening devices, accessible seating or documentation in an alternate format.

    Thank you to our 2022 Meet the Fleet partners: