The Bounty of the Bay dinner is Thursday. The dinner moves this year to the Rockfish in Annapolis.

Hosted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the dinner celebrates Maryland seafood and the watermen, retailers and restaurants who bring it to consumers.

The five-course dinner from Rockfish chef Chad Wells includes both established favorites like local oysters and striped bass and overlooked species like spiny dogfish and blue catfish. The $60 ticket includes a raw-bar reception.

The Bounty for the Bay dinner is 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday at the Rockfish, 400 Sixth St., Annapolis. Tickets are $60. Call 410-267-1800 or go to rockfishmd.com.

Here's Chad Wells' menu.

1st course

Maryland Oyster Rockefeller – Smoked bacon creamed spinach, Grana Padano, "micro" salad, anchovy vinaigrette
 
2nd course

Maryland spiny dogfish po’boy slider and spicy Maryland crab chowder
 
3rd course

Blackened blue catfish – Palmyra Farm cheddar grits, Creole remoulade
 
4th course

Maryland striped bass (rockfish) – Seared rockfish, tomatillo avocado sauce, yucca puree, chipotle crema, nopal cactus relish.
 
5th course

Local Maryland goat cheese cheesecake, ginger caramel and fresh berry chutney.

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