The Magazine of the University of Minnesota Duluth
Initial results are in from Great Lakes sea lamprey taste tests conducted this summer in Porto, Portugal, and they're positive. Taste testers there enjoyed the strong flavor and firm texture of the lamprey.
"We are extremely pleased with these results," said Minnesota Sea Grant director Michael McDonald. "It looks like marketing Great Lakes lamprey overseas is viable from the consumer acceptance-end of things. Now we need to work with management and regulatory agencies to determine if and how someone could start a commercial fishery."
Eight restaurants with lamprey cooking experience, two homemakers, and 16 individual taste testers participated in two studies. Panelists valued Great Lakes lamprey dishes at an average of 2,500 Portuguese Escudos (PTEs), a value of $16.50 U.S. dollars.
This project was undertaken with money provided to Minnesota Sea Grant by the Great Lakes Protection Fund. Lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) is a parasitic exotic species that has had a devastating effect on the Great Lakes fishery. It is hoped this project will help efforts to reduce the lamprey population in the Great Lakes. Next year Sea Grant will ship more lamprey to both Spain and Portugal for additional consumer tests.
Minnesota Sea Grant held its own taste-test for Americans in June. The event was held at Bennett's Bar and Grill, Duluth, for eight panelists and Twin Cities and Twin Ports reporters.
The panelists were brave, especially after seeing what live lamprey look like. The panelists included UMD Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin, Duluth Mayor Gary Doty and Jackie Morris, from Congressman Oberstar's office.
Chef Bennett cooked two traditional Portuguese dishes and two of his own creations. His own garlic potato dish was a hit (rated 4.5 out of a possible 5). Their comments included: "Surprisingly good. Try selling it without telling people what they are eating. It would be better."
WEINTRAUB RECORDS GLENSHEEN
Marty Weintraub, creative director at KDLH-TV and nationally known pianist, released a new CD of holiday music with all profits from the recording to benefit Glensheen's Raise the Roof campaign. The CD titled "Glensheen, A Home for the Holidays," includes both traditional carols and original compositions. Weintraub, who is known for "Dolphin Dreams," recorded the music on Glensheen's 100-year-old Steinway. Weintraub created the CD to say "thank you" for the privilege of being able to work and raise a family in Duluth.
The CD can be purchased by calling Glensheen at (218) 724-8864. The CDs cost $12.99, cassettes are $8.99 and shipping and handling is $2.50.
Once again, the University of Minnesota Duluth made it into the fall 1996 U.S. News and World Report's America's Best Colleges issue.
The guide ranked UMD 14th among Midwestern universities in the best value/sticker price category.
In addition, the UMD School of Medicine ranked second in the country in the rural medicine category and ranked 11th among primary care medical schools.