Serve & Protect: Savor sustainably sourced seafood at this redo of last year’s fundraising event at the Tennessee Aquarium

Contributed photo by John Bamber / The 2018 Serve & Protect fundraising event took place under beautiful evening skies at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Serve & Protect, the Tennessee Aquarium’s annual fundraising dinner, was canceled last year due to surges of the COVID Delta variant. But it’s hoping for a redo this time around.

Planning for its 11th annual dinner on Sept. 22, the aquarium will feature golden tilefish and summer flounder — two species once identified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as being overfished, but that have recently made a comeback thanks to sustainable seafood practices.

That’s the goal of Serve & Protect, to promote such practices.

Each year, the event includes a live cooking demonstration combined with an elegant seated dinner. This year’s event will carry over components from the one planned for last year: the demonstration will take place at the IMAX theater followed by dinner across the street at the aquarium, and it will feature a “comeback” theme, alluding to both flounder and tilefish populations, as well as the event itself.