Eight places to catch your dinner and eat it too

SHERYL NANCE-NASH | 9/12/2019, 3:50 p.m.
When you make something with your hands there’s a special something, a pride that comes from being a creator.
Mussel picking in South Africa

Same goes for when you have the opportunity to feed yourself as a result of the fruits of your labor. It’s so, so sweet not only to catch “the big one,” and to then turn around and feast on it. Well, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Here’s where to go to catch your dinner and eat it too!

Hermanus, South Africa 

There are many reasons to stay at Birkenhead house. After all, the beach house is seated on the cliffs of the Cape Winelands region, overlooking Walker Bay with whales frolicking there several months of the year. When you tire of the cliff side pool and watching surfers, try your hand in a mussel picking class. The chef shows you how to safely pick them from the rocks below Birkenhead House where the mussels are plentiful. Gather them and bring them to the chef who will dress them in garlic, cream and white sauce.

Incline Village, Nevada

The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino’s Fishable Lake Tahoe is ideal for those seeking an adventurous dinner experience. You’ve heard of farm-to-table, how about line-to-table? Hit the lake and catch freshwater fish to take back to the resort’s restaurant for the executive chef to work his magic. The tours are available from May to September.

Belize City, Belize

Have you ever been on a lionfish hunt? Guests at the Turneffe Island Resort, a 14-acre, private island off the coast of Belize City, each week get spear in hand and seek out lionfish. Scuba divers and snorkelers get briefed on what they need to do to give the invasive species a good battle. You and the guide work together to bring home the trophies and take them to the kitchen to be turned into lionfish ceviche.

Crystal River, Florida

If you haven’t tried scalloping, maybe it’s time you did. You’re in shallow waters and need a snorkel, net and pair of fins. It doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie. An ideal spot this family fun is the Plantation on Crystal River. You can DIY or take a guided scalloping tour right from the Dive Shop at the resort. Hopefully when you head back to the resort you’ll have something to give the shuckers who will clean your bounty and send it to the resort’s restaurant where they’ll be prepared however you like. Enjoy the fruits of your labor of love.

Hermitage Bay, Antigua

You likely never heard of a cockle fish. It’s also safe to assume you probably have never picked them with your toes. Check into the Hermitage Bay resort and head off with the chef into a hidden mangrove near the property. No worries, chef and local fish guy Deon will show how to pick the cockles with your toes. They live in the mud in the swamp in the mangrove that few folks know about. It’s quiet, peaceful. The picking of the cockles requires standing mid-calf in mud, thigh-deep in water and wiggling your toes around in the mud. The chef cooks up the cockles for you that very day, in a cooking class.  You’ll have bragging rights about knowing how to make cockles in a traditional Antiguan dish.