Thursday July 19th 5:30 – 8:30

An upscale cocktail party, the event will showcase the bounty of the sea with signature appetizers created by some of the area’s finest chefs. Gypsy jazz music featuring Hot Club Cheese Roll, live and chance auctions, complimentary champagne, and a cash bar combine to make this an evening you don’t want to miss. It all takes place at the Wamsutta Club at the James Arnold Mansion.  All proceeds will benefit the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center.  Tickets are $75.00 each and are available for sale at the Center and on line at

The evening’s menu includes sushi provided by Turk’s Seafood, shrimp cocktail provided by Kyler’s Catch Seafood, mini lobster rolls provided by Oxford Creamery and signature appetizers prepared by some of the area’s finest chefs: Chris Cronin (Farm and Coast Market); Chris Cordeiro (Sid Wainer & Sons Corporate Chef); Greg Morton (Morton’s Fork Catering); Mike Mello (M&C Café); Arthur Dill (Chartwells Dining Service at UMASS); and George Korousos (Executive Chef for Eastern Fisheries).  In addition to seafood appetizers, Raymond Fonseca, the Wamsutta Club’ s Executive Chef, will prepare a selection of meat and vegetarian appetizers as well.  Click here to view full menu.

The live auction will feature several one-of-a-kind items including a scallop dinner for four prepared by the captain and served in the galley of a working New Bedford scallop vessel; a morning out lobstering in Boston Harbor which concludes with a lobster roll lunch; original scrimshaw created by a fisherman’s daughter; and more!  Click here to view the full list.

For more information, contact the Center at 508-993-8894 or