Serve & Protect

The Tennessee Aquarium is proud to announce our sustainable seafood initiative, Serve & Protect. Buy your ticket for the lunch or dinner event now!

Serve & Protect event

Serve & Protect

Serve & Protect

Excitement is growing for Chattanooga’s must-attend social event to support the Tennessee Aquarium’s mission-critical work. Join us on Thursday, September 19th for culinary wit and wisdom delivered with a generous portion of entertainment. Two captivating, live cooking shows will be presented within the intimate IMAX Theater setting.

These “must-see” shows are paired with two dining options:

  • One is a lunchtime matinee, complete with reception, gourmet box lunches provided by Whole Foods Market and dessert buffet which includes time to meet and greet the chefs.  

  • The other is an evening affair including cocktails & appetizers. Enjoy an elegant seated seafood dinner – prepared on site by some of Chattanooga’s top chefs and served in one of the Aquarium’s galleries - followed by a dessert reception with the chefs.

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Virginia WillisCelebrity chef Virginia Willis is described as a classically-trained, truly Southern chef who mixes fun into the approachable recipes she creates. Willis is known as an acclaimed cookbook author, TV producer and Southern Living contributor. She has also appeared on Food Network’s “Chopped.” Two chefs, with two different approaches, will serve up the “Decapod Duel,” an engaging cook-off exploring the culinary possibilities of shrimp and crayfish. Expect Southern sizzle with a Creole twist as Celebrity Chef Virginia Willis shares the IMAX stage with highly acclaimed New Orleans Chef Susan Spicer.

Chef SpicerChef Susan Spicer is a one-woman industry in New Orleans. The award-winning chef has been featured in numerous publications from Food and Wine, Saveur, Bon Appetit, Travel and Leisure and the New York Times. Spicer was also inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. She will bring some authentic New Orleans flavor, from her top-rated French Quarter restaurant, Bayona, to Serve & Protect.

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  Presented by:

First Tennessee


Co-sponsored by:

Blue Cross Blue Shield                

Access America

Why It Matters To You

Our ocean makes life on land possible, providing most of our oxygen, governing weather and climate and providing food. A healthy ocean needs a richly diverse web of life. Unfortunately, human appetite for a few species of fish has upset the balance of nature. Learn how to make wise seafood choices that will benefit our ocean.

Take Action

We’re glad you’re passionate about helping improve the health of our oceans. Making wise seafood decisions is just the beginning. There are a number of ways you can act, and lead others, to protect life from our backyards to the saltwater world downstream.

Culinary Partners

Many of Chattanooga’s finest restaurants and caterers are participating in the Aquarium’s “Serve & Protect” program. Local chefs offer sustainable choices at their establishments and catering companies offer sustainable options for special events. The Aquarium’s culinary partners are ready to help patrons discover delectable menu options that help support a healthy ocean.

Seafood Recipes

Cook one of our savory seafood recipes specifically created for the Aquarium’s “Serve and Protect” program. New recipes are posted regularly so check back often.

2012 Serve and Protect Photos

The Tennessee Aquarium welcomed old friends and new to a delightful evening with famed foodist Alton Brown, who inspired all of us to try new sustainable seafood options. The event netted more than $115,000 to support the Aquarium’s mission critical work in education, conservation and community impact.

Special Gift Shop Items

Check out our gift shop items featuring cookbooks, a special seafood spice blend, a limited edition cast iron Serve & Protect skillet by Lodge Manufacturing and Serve & Protect coffee mugs.

Our Progress Report

Learn how the Tennessee Aquarium continues advancing the sustainable seafood conversation in Chattanooga through ongoing Serve & Protect programs.