Passionfish Contact: Patti Parisi,
Director of Marketing & Communications
(510) 593-5188


San Diego , Calif - August 31, 2004

Andrew Ryland Spurgin, Passionfish Co-founder, has been voted the country's top caterer by the event design and catering industry.

The nationally coveted award is called the National Event Solution's Spotlight Award for Caterer of the Year.  Andrew received the award -- the height and heft of a bowling trophy -- at the Event Solutions conference in Washington, D.C. tonight.

"This nationally coveted award is truly a great honor and deeply humbling," says Andrew. Andrew's award recognizes his work as Executive Director of Waters Fine Catering and Waters Fine Foods in San Diego.

This is the third year that Andrew has been nominated and become finalist for the prestigious award. Passionfish itself has been nominated twice for the industry's Samaritan award for our work in educating the event design and catering industry about seafood sustainability. Andrew's nomination can be viewed at the Event Solutions website. He has used his incredible creativity, zest, and knowledge to design and orchestrate truly memorable events for a huge variety of clients, from wedding parties to corporate celebrations to fundraisers for non-profit organizations.

Last fall, Andrew designed the vibrant, mold-breaking Passionfish sustainable seafood event at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in honor of the renowned scientific institute's 100-year birthday. Passionfish provided educational material to the more than 550 attendees, and joined with the San Diego Gastronomically Correct Chefs to co-host the centennial bash. Passionfish is planning several other similar exciting "bashes" in the near future.

Says Bruce Reznik, Executive Director of San Diego BayKeeper, who contracted with Andrew and Waters Fine Catering to design their 9th Annual Ocean Gala: "As a group dedicated to restoring the health of our coastal waters, it is critical that we are able to do events in a manner consistent with our mission. We were thrilled to host such an elegant event in an environmentally friendly fashion. We learned a great deal about protection of marine life from Andrew, and greatly appreciate all of his efforts to increase awareness of these issues within the catering community, and in fact, among all San Diegans."

You may view Andrew's biography by clicking here.

About us: Passionfish is for people passionate about the ocean, fishing, and seafood! We are a nonprofit public education project actively promoting sustainable wild fisheries and aquaculture. Founded in 2000, Passionfish has developed an innovative approach for addressing seafood and fisheries sustainability: forums that reveal common ground amid contention, celebrations of seafood, broadcasts that build awareness, and a unique book series aimed at inspiring consumers and students about ocean and seafood sustainability.