The inaugural AquaGala, hosted by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) on March 9, 2024, was an evening of elegance and culinary excellence in support of marine life conservation. As the caterer for this event, we were honored to contribute to the unforgettable experience.

Guests enjoyed a chef-curated dining extravaganza with a diverse range of exquisite menu options, highlighted below. Proceeds from the evening directly benefited CMA’s core mission: the care of resident and rehabilitating marine animals.

CMA’s vital role in responding to mammal and sea turtle strandings underscored the importance of the fundraiser. Generous support ensured CMA could continue its crucial work, making investments in marine life education, research, rescue, rehabilitation, and release.

In supporting AquaGala, sponsors and donors contributed to the ongoing protection and conservation of marine ecosystems. Their generosity helped secure CMA’s position as a leading institution dedicated to the well-being of marine life.

2024 AquaGala Event Menu

Plated Salad

Chef’s Garden

  • Farro & Quinoa “Soil,” Red Oak, Roasted Heirloom Carrot, Spring Beet, Haricot Vert, Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette

Plated Entrées

Surf & Turf

  • Beef Medallion, Butter Poached Lobster, Trumpet Mushrooms, Parsnip Potato Puree, Béarnaise

Roasted Beet & Portobello

  • Potato Parsnip Puree, White Asparagus, Red Pepper Emulsion

Signature Cocktails


  • Ocean Organic Vodka, Passionfruit Juice, Lemonade

Azul del Fin

  • Kula Toasted Coconut Rum, Piña Colada Mix, Amaretto

Espresso Martini

  • Ocean Organic Espresso Martini Vodka


by Dina Biondo in Event