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Detective Cal C. Food

Age 11, group or independent

30 minutes, plus restaurant visit

indoors or outdoors

Objective

Explore the availability of California seafood species in local restaurants.

Materials

Detective CAL C. FOOD notes, parent/guardian letter

Get Set

  • Review California's Golden Seas booklet (see appendix).

Go catch

  • Send home parent/guardian letter.
  • Ask each individual or small group to complete the Detective CAL C. FOOD notes on a restaurant that serves seafood. (Include only fast food restaurants that serve predominantly seafood.)
  • Discuss the results.

Sailing

  • Write a letter to the school foodservice/child nutrition director asking them to feature a Native California Fish on the menu each month. Perhaps one week could be dedicated to a Native California Foods menu.
  • Work with the school youth advisory council to facilitate this new school lunch menu idea.
  • Invite the foodservice manager or a local restaurant manager to discuss California seafood species.
  • Ask the guest to feature one of the species on the menu as a "California Catch of the Week." Suggest which species would be available during that time of year.
  • Follow up to see if a "California Catch of the Week" was promoted.

Name _______________________

Cal C. Food's investigative notes

DATE OF INVESTIGATION:

RESTAURANT MANAGER'S NAME:

RESTAURANT NAME:

RESTAURANT ADDRESS:



Seafood menu items (yes or no):

CA seafood speciesPreparation (sautéed, fried, baked etc)


________________________________

(date)

DEAR PARENT OR GUARDIAN:

Our _____________________________ is investigating the availability of

(class or organization)

seafood at local restaurants.

Your child needs to visit one restaurant to complete his/her assignment. It can be a fast food restaurant that serves predominantly seafood. No purchase is required, but your child will need to ask the wait person, cashier or manager questions.

Thank you for your help.

Sincerely,

________________________________

California Seafood Council, PO Box 91540,		Santa Barbara, CA 93190 +1-805-569-8050