The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will feed Elgin area families a hot Asian carp meal and conduct free Asian carp cooking demonstrations and tastings for the general public from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Dream Hall, 51 S. Grove Ave. in Elgin.
Presented by state Sen. Cristina Castro and state Rep. Anna Moeller and cohosted by the Dream Hall, the event will feature an executive chef as he illustrates the best ways to prepare Asian carp.
Following the demonstrations, Asian carp meals will be delivered to families in need at the Elgin Cooperative Ministry’s Saturday Soup Kettle and to those sheltering at the Community Crisis Center.
Asian carp are non-native fish invading lakes and rivers in the Mississippi River and Great Lakes regions, and negatively impacting native organisms. These fish filter tremendous amounts of small plants and animals (plankton) from the water, thereby reducing the amount of food available to native species.
Recently recommended for consumption by Seafood Watch as a sustainable fish option, Asian carp are a healthy and economical choice for individuals, restaurants, and institutional food vendors.