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Serve & Protect

Culinary Partners

Support sustainable seafood during Serve & Protect’s Downtown Dine Around on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 20-22.  By dining at our partner restaurants, you can show that what you put on your plate matters. Simply put, people currently eat too many fish from too few species.  So ask your server about what’s on the menu and try something new. You’ll discover savory options that can lead to positive change.  Then unlock the healthy benefits of seafood at home by trying the Serve & Protect recipes provided by Alton Brown.

In addition to many of Chattanooga’s finest restaurants, several area caterers are also participating in Serve & Protect. Discover a new menu item at one of our partner restaurants, or add a sustainable choice to what’s being served at your next event.

212 Market 
212 Market Street
(423) 265-1212
Chef, Susan Moses

Inspired by Jack Lupton’s gift to the Tennessee Aquarium, the Moses family reclaimed a brownfield site two blocks away & opened 212 Market in 1992. The restaurant’s seasonal menus feature locally grown foods & sustainable seafood.

Back Inn Café
411 East Second Street
Phone: 423-265-5033 Ext. 1 or 800-725-8338
Chef, Jason Hodges

Located in a renovated Colonial Revival Mansion within Chattanooga’s Bluff View Arts District, Back Inn Café, offers upscale global cuisine with an extensive wine list. The menu changes seasonally to provide guests with fresh dishes and the latest innovations in fine cuisine.

Bluewater Grille
224 Broad Street
(423) 266-4200
Chef, Scott Eiselstein

Bluewater Grille brings passion for fresh seafood to Chattanooga with a unique décor and atmosphere in an inviting space for casually sophisticated dining.

Broad Street Grille
1201 South Broad Street              
(423) 424-3700
Chef, Matt Pinner

A believer in farm fresh dining, the Broad Street Grille is one of the region’s premier restaurants and features upscale, casual Southern Regional Cuisine enhanced by global flavors.

Easy Bistro & Bar
203 Broad Street
(423) 266-1121
Chef,  Erik Niel

Chattanooga meets Old World comfort food. Easy offers the best of French Bistro dining: delicious yet affordable, stylish yet friendly.

313 Manufacturers Road
(423) 648-9160
Chef/Owner, Brian Hedeman and Matt Marcus

Elemental features re-envisioned Southern Cuisine and handcrafted beverages made with local, regional, and responsibly sourced ingredients and inspired by modern techniques. 

Events with Taste Catering
(423) 508-8023
Chef,  Michelle Huffman

A leader in Chattanooga for more than 10 years, they are large enough to handle thousands, yet nimble enough to work magic for 10. They take pride in attention to detail, responsiveness to clients and customized menus ranging from the delicate to the robust.

Flying Squirrel
55 Johnson Street
(423) 602-5980
Chef,  Philippe Van Grit

The Flying Squirrel is your neighborhood bar and restaurant, nestled in the heart of Southside Chattanooga, featuring 20 craft beer taps, a seasonal cocktail program and a menu of approachable up-scale small bites.

Lee Towery Catering  
1303-C Hixson Pike
(423) 267-9515 

Lee Towery Catering is owned and operated by Lee C. Towery, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. We take pride in our innovative, high quality food, service, and attention to detail. Lee Towery Catering has been operating since 1995.

Porter’s Steakhouse
827 Broad Street
(423) 643-1240
Chef, John Palacio

Experience a unique twist on the ordinary, created with a blend of the finest ingredients, contemporary cuisine, and family-style service. Porter's philosophy is to serve simple preparations with the best available ingredients.

Public House
1110 Market Street
(423) 266-3366

Named for the pubs and local restaurants that serve as an extension of a community - a gathering place for anyone seeking good food and drink.  The Public House Restaurant menu plays to the comforts of good, solid food, while applying the principles of premium food products to a more casual dining setting.

Rembrandt's (evening desserts only)
411 E. Second Street
(423) 265-5033

Inside a beautiful French stucco you will discover the culinary treasure of Rembrandt's Coffee House. This European style café has a great selection of fresh coffees, breads, chocolates and pastries.

St. John’s Restaurant
1278 Market Street
(423) 266-4400
Chef, Daniel Lindley

Quality, ambiance, attention to detail, comfort and much more typically only found in large cities around the world arrived in Chattanooga, Tennessee in the fall of 2000. This is St. John's Restaurant. Welcome.

Sticky Fingers Catering (oyster roast)
420 Broad Street
(423) 265-7427

Founded by three lifelong friends, Sticky Fingers opened in Mt. Pleasant, SC in 1992. Armed with little money and even less experience, the three partners set about doing what they knew best: treating guests the way they wanted to be treated.

SwissAm Fine Catering
Phone: 423-867-7752
Chef,  Erika Kummer

Established in 1984, SwissAm Fine Catering is a family operation with experienced chefs. They offer customized services including: boxed lunches, served and buffet lunch and dinners, weddings, receptions, banquets, corporate events and holiday parties.

Whole Foods Market  
301 Manufactures Road
(423) 702-7300

Whole Food’s Market is a local organic and natural grocery store in North Shore Chattanooga, TN offering a wide variety of local produce, sustainable seafood, and a hot bar and buffet available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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.