Steve Phillips Keynotes Nation’s Capitol ‘World Ocean Day’ Sustainability Dinner

Phillips Foods is proud to share Steve Phillips, President and CEO, was selected as keynote speaker for an extraordinary evening held recently at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC on the eve of World Ocean Day.  The event theme was “Sustainable Seafood:  Ensuring A Healthy Supply” featured leading chefs from Washington, DC and took place on Thursday evening, June 7, 2012.

The annual event was part of the Smithsonian’s commitment to investigating sustainable seafood by addressing common misperceptions and challenges about the safety of eating seafood .  World Ocean Day was the kick-off to World Ocean Week that celebrated the planet’s largest celebration of the oceans.  A multitude of ocean-oriented educational fun took place in Washington DC and worldwide included from experts from the industry, scientists and the conservation community dedicated to the protection the seafood supply and the health of seafood consumed.

Steve Phillips, President and CEO of Phillips Foods said “what a terrific experience to celebrate the protection of our Oceans in an amazing setting.  I am so pleased our relentless dedication to seafood sustainability and growing awareness to all is taking hold across our nation.  The passion and dedication of all made this an event I will always cherish.”

The celebration was organized by Coastal America (a federal-private partnership to preserve and restore ocean resources- collaborated with a number of organizations including the National Geographic Society and Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

Steve Phillips Keynotes Nation's Capitol 'World Ocean Day' Sustainability DinnerArea celebrity chefs showcasing seafood at unique food stations included Victor Albisu, Mike Isabella of Graffiato and Bandolero, Jeff and Barbara Black of Black Restaurant Group, Ris Lacoste of RIS, Jamie Leeds and Nicolas Flores of Hank’s Oyster Bar, Shannon Overmiller of The Majestic and Susan Soorenko of Moorenko’s Ice Cream Café.  The dinner menu featured Jacob Williamson, chef at the Source; Richard Hetzler, chef of the Smithsonian’s Mitsitam Cafe; and Duane Copeland, pastry chef at the Source.

For more information, please contact either Coastal America’s outreach coordinator, Ellen Gordon at  (202-401-9928) or Gary Namm at (727-669-7775).

Phillips Seafood Restaurants and Phillips Foods, Inc. is a family-owned business founded in 1956 with headquarters in Baltimore.  They are best known for their famous Maryland style crab cakes and seafood dishes bringing genuine Maryland style favorites to life served at more than 20 Phillips Seafood Restaurants throughout the Eastern time zone.  In addition, Phillips is recognized as the leading importer and distributor of crab meat and other crab products in the U.S.

The company has additional lines of the highest quality seafood items for both retail and foodservice customers as well as company owned restaurants.  Owning and operating crab plants and seafood restaurants for over 90 years has placed Phillips in a unique niche in the food world.  Phillips Foods is making seafood a bigger part of life by producing and distributing the most delicious seafood products on the market today.  To find out more information about Phillips, call 1.888.234.CRAB or visit