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Border Grill teams with Rick Moonen, Jet Tila and Michael Leviton for Trash Fish Dinner

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Mary Sue Milliken and Mike Minor of Border Grill at Mandalay Bay at the 2013 Vegas Uncork’d preview lunch at Tuscany Kitchen in Bellagio on Thursday, March 21, 2013.
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Border Grill chefs/owners Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger and Border Grill Las Vegas executive chef Mike Minor are teaming up with celebrity chefs Rick Moonen (RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay), Jet Tila (Kuma Snow Cream in Las Vegas and the Charleston in LA) and Michael Leviton (Lumière and Area Four in Massachusetts) for a special dining event that will feature alternatives to popular seafood selections we eat too much of. The Trash Fish Dinner is set for July 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Mandalay Bay's Border Grill, with dishes spotlighting underutilized species like California squid, farm-raised sturgeon and Pacific sardines.

“We are thrilled to be working with chefs who are so passionate about cooking with sustainable seafood that they are collaborating on a dinner to raise awareness about the topic,” said Melissa Kogut, executive director of Chefs Collaborative. Tickets for the dinner are $125 and are available at chefscollaborative.org.

Sheila Bowman of Monterey Bay Aquarium and Seafood Watch will also speak at the event about the seafood on the menu and why each species was selected. Moonen, known for his dedication to and advocacy for sustainable seafood practices, said he's excited to partner with like-minded chefs for the first Trash Fish Dinner in Las Vegas. "We’re coming together to show that biodiversity can be delivered and enjoyed in culinary celebration,” he said. “My goal is to present species of fish that aren’t normally seen on menus and to embrace the concept that there are exciting, lesser known fish that are great alternatives to the over-exploited few that people are presently comfortable with."

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