Mel Pell / Nancy Abrams

Memorial Fund

Established 1993

Mel Pell was a representative of Great Eastern Mussel Farms of Newcastle, Maine, and an advocate for mussels. According to Mr. Pell, “There is no great secret to cooking mussels. There is practically no preparation before cooking or before serving on the half shell.” ​

Nancy Abrams was the culinary director for the Chicago Fish House. She was responsible for education and marketing on the retail and wholesale levels and for giving how-to sessions on the selection, storage, and preparation of fresh fish and shellfish.​