The National Aquarium Fresh Thoughts Sustainable Seafood Dining Series returns with Wit & Wisdom, a Tavern by Michael Mina.

The evening will feature a cocktail reception, cooking demonstration by executive chef Zack Mills, and a fine dining experience that includes a three-course menu created solely for the event. Guests are invited to come early to explore the exhibits, including the newest Blacktip Reef exhibit that celebrated its one-year anniversary on August 8.

A Maryland native, Chef Mills grew up near the Chesapeake Bay and utilizes his ties with the area’s top farms and vendors to source the freshest, natural ingredients for his dishes. Mills has great respect for fellow Baltimore chefs and the passion they exude when practicing sustainability in the kitchen. He has watched Maryland’s food scene grow during his years in the industry, and looks forward to strengthening Wit & Wisdom’s relationship with local farms and vendors.


Amuse Bouche
Chilled heirloom tomato soup with fromage blanc panna cotta and basil

First Course
Seaweed Cured Summer Flounder
cucumber ponzu, Sriracha ice cream, pickled pearled onions

Second Course
Sundburst Farm Trout
Chesapeake clam broth, rye dumplings, garden radish


  Melon Panna Cotta


TICKETS:  $79 for National Aquarium members and $99 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at


WHEN:          September 23, 2014

7:00 p.m.


WHERE:        National Aquarium, Baltimore

501 E. Pratt Street

Baltimore, MD 21202


National Aquarium
National Aquarium is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. It champions environmental initiatives by engaging with visitors, volunteers, education groups and schools to actively participate in the preservation of the world’s natural resources and living systems. National Aquarium delivers meaningful experiences through its living collections; science-based education programs and hands-on experiences in the field from the Chesapeake Bay to Costa Rica; and partnerships and alliances with like-minded organizations around the world. For more information on National Aquarium, visit