Meet the Fleet

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Schedule for 2024: 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.  Each event is unique with guest fishermen and chefs sharing their knowledge and recipes of the local catch. Events are planned for April, June, September and November – check back for updated details and dates.

Meet the Fleet, Wednesday April 24, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

Join us to learn about the Cape’s flounder fishery from local fishermen Bill and Jason Amaru. Enjoy mingling and lite bites provided by our sponsor Chatham Bars Inn, refreshments from Quahog Republic, and a delicious tasting of a flounder recipe prepared by Chef Ben Porter of Viera on Main


  • Date: Wednesday, April 24
  • Time: 5 p.m. (doors will open at 5 p.m.)
  • Tickets: $20 per person
  • Location: Fishermen’s Alliance Captain Harding House, 1566 Main Street, Chatham 02633

Meet the Fleet Recap, November 2023

The final Meet the Fleet of the year was a sold out event and we were pleased to welcome guests to the Captain Harding House to learn about the Cape’s lobster fishery.  We were thrilled to have Chef Ted Mahoney of Mahoney’s Bar & Grill  provide tips for cooking lobster and prepare the tasty phyllo cups with creamy leek and lobster. Try the recipe here!

We are grateful to local lobstermen and industry members Mark Leach, Sean Leach and Bradley Louw for sharing their inspiring fishing experiences. Thank you to our sponsors, Chatham Bars Inn for their delicious cheese plates and to Quahog Republic for their golden ale.

Meet the Fleet Recap, September 2023

It was a wonderful evening hosted by our sponsor, Nauset Marine, at their picturesque marina in East Orleans. Chef Tyler Hadfield of The Barley Neck prepared outstanding grilled scup tacos, complete with sumac-cucumber salsa, Middle Eastern spiced yogurt, za’atar, and grilled lavish. We will post the recipe on our website where you can find many of the Meet the Fleet recipes as well as local seafood options. We are also grateful to Quahog Republic for providing their signature beer while always reminding us to Live.Give.Relax.

We extend our thanks to our guest fishermen – Kurt Martin, Lara Slifka, and Ken Baughman, for sharing details of the scup fishery. Also a special shout out to Kurt and his crew member, John, for their generosity and filleting expertise. Those who stayed for the filleting demonstration were fortunate to take some of the fresh catch home.

Meet the Fleet Recap, June 2023

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Meet the Fleet at the Captain Harding House this past June.  Guests learned about the skate fishery from local fishermen Sean Connors and Scott MacAllister.  Thank you to Kate Masury, Executive Director of Eating with the Ecosystem, for the overview on promoting a place-based approach to sustaining New England’s wild seafood as well as tips on preparing skate. Everyone then enjoyed a tasting of this unique fish prepared by Chef Tyler Hadfield of The Barley Neck and samples of our Fishermen’s Alliance Small Boats, Big Taste Provençal Fish Stew.  Thank you to our sponsors  Chatham Bars Inn for the light bites and to Quahog Republic for their refreshing golden ale.

Meet the Fleet Recap, April 2023

Thank you to the 80 guests who joined us this past April for Meet the Fleet at the Fishermen’s Alliance Captain Harding House. We enjoyed hearing tips from Chef Jeremiah Reardon of Red River Barbeque on mussel preparation and had the opportunity to taste his flavorsome Mussels with Smoked Texas Sausage recipe. Captain Jesse Rose of Midnight Our and Chatham Light Mussels shared his experiences of mussel harvesting and generously provided fresh off-the-boat mussels for everyone to take home in Fishermen’s Alliance cooler bags. We are grateful to our sponsors Chatham Bars Inn for their tasty appetizers and to Quahog Republic for their wonderful Golden Ale.

Virtual Meet the Fleet Cooking Class, February 2023

We were pleased to kick off our first Meet the Fleet of the year with Chef Tyler Hadfield from The Rail who prepared a delicious Monkfish Piccata Recipe for this cooking class. Thank you to everyone who joined us from the comfort of their kitchens and learned about the monkfish fishery and also how to cook monkfish! We thank our guest fishermen, Captain John Our, for sharing his fishing experiences and knowledge.

Meet the Fleet is supported in part by a NOAA Fisheries’ Saltonstall Kennedy Grant (# NA22NMF4270126).  NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, ocean, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.

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 2024 Meet the Fleet partners: