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.  The first Meet the Fleet of the year was held in February and more events are planned for April, June, September and November. Please check back for updates on the schedule and tickets will be available four weeks in advance.

Meet the Fleet, Wednesday, June 14

Join us for Meet the Fleet at the Fishermen’s Alliance Captain Harding House this June.  Learn about the skate fishery from local fishermen Greg Connors and Scott MacAllister.  Enjoy a tasting of this unique fish prepared by a guest chef and also sample Fishermen’s Alliance Small Boats, Big Taste Provençal Fish Stew.  The evening will commence with mingling and light bites from Chatham Bars Inn and refreshing golden ale from Quahog Republic.


  • Date & Time:  Wednesday, June 14 at 5 p.m. (doors will open at 5 p.m.)
  • Location: Captain Harding House, 1566 Main Street, Chatham MA 02633
  • Tickets: $20 per person
  • Guest Fishermen: Greg Connors and Scott MacAllister
  • Featured Seafood: Skate

Meet the Fleet, April 26

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 15

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.

Meet the Fleet Recap 2022

Meet the Fleet was a huge success for 2022 and it was wonderful to have some unique events at different venues. We are grateful to our 2022 Meet the Fleet exclusive sponsor, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty.


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 Shellfish Co., 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 2023 Meet the Fleet partners: