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Ocean Tides – VIP Pop Up

They All Keep Saying “VIP”

We Have The Box

On Valentine’s Day everybody needs attention. The special attention… The kind of attention that loses a ring from time to time, but… the desert where it was suppose to be was flawless. You know. Food FIRST. Well when they say that they made room for them, open your SeafoodS.com “Box” to pull out a tasting. A Hawaii box of Sashimi puts the Pacific tableside. A San Diego shipment will put hands on abalone and something for the grill. We have multiple boxes from the best fisheries in the world. Now that you have set the night of 2 tops into motion, look for your own fun with a multi-species “taster” to keep the line guessing.

UFA Honolulu Auction

Hawaii Box

Hawaii’s Market is unique; boats fishing local waters bring their bounty in to be offloaded into Hawaii’s auction, “United Fishing Agency Auction.” Hawaiian auction bidders know their favorite boats, handling practices and ordering days. Each buyer takes their prized winning bid back to the plant each day and grades it for national distribution next day.

Baja & San Diego Day Boat

California Box

From small fishing villages along the northern part of the Baja Peninsula, Day Boat Fishermen set out in small Wooden Pangas for a day of hand lining and scallop diving. The honor of tradition and familial unity are drivers in this amazing Day Boat program.

Boston Day Boat Pier

Boston Box

SeafoodS.com shows a strong presence in Boston Display Auction, Boston Pier, and a multitude of Day Boat Hand Gear operators who supply some of the best quality in New England. Beautiful Day Boat seafood coming into New England from Rhode Island through Maine. Hooked Extra Fancy and always the highest quality product available. Give your guests the delight of Hooked Day Boat seafood.

Contact SeafoodS.com

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256
Aaron Philbrick: 704-769-2320


Ocean Tides – Super Bowl Food Remorse

Super Bowl LI

Customers Regret Food Eaten & Looking To Atone

1.33 million Chicken Wings! That’s the estimated count from the National Chicken Council on Sunday’s consumption. It’s interesting that the average person who watched the game ate as much or more as on Thanksgiving. That doesn’t mean that it’s as lovingly crafted or vegetable laden as Turkey Day. Here are a few approximations from last year.

-11 million lbs of Potato Chips
-8 million lbs of Tortilla Chips
-4 million lbs of popcorn
-10 million lbs of Ribs
-12 million lbs of Bacon

We haven’t even touched on Brats, Dogs, Burgers, Cheese, and all the parts of a hog that will be slain today. While many of you saw a “catering/take out” increase, some (hopefully many) enjoyed the game as it was played. This brings up the theory that many spectators awoke today with the same zeal for a “healthier” diet as they did on New Year’s Day, especially knowing that antacid sales increased by over 20%. This is where seafood comes into play.

We believe that diners will be looking to their favorite restaurants to do the heavy lifting on their new path to leaner meat options and lighter offerings. We support this “Oh Captain, my Captain. Our fearful trip is done…” trust that the diner places in your hands. Below are just a few very lean yet incredibly satisfying options that will ween your guests off of the Super Sunday feasting.

Day Boat Atlantic Hake “Merluzza” 

(Merluccius bilinearis)

No matter your opinion of the team from Boston, the seafood has no “franchise” allegiance. Merluza have a close resemblance to Cod and Haddock with a larger flake and “Fluffier” texture. The inhabit extremely deep waters and rise to mid depth at night to feed. The Sow Hake are harvested during this time by Hook and Line “Jig” Day Boat Operators. Sow Hake are a delicate “softer” flesh than other New England Round Fish. They are, indeed, a highly sought species by “Local” minded New England Chefs. They contain high levels of fish “fat” to regulate body temperature. This translates to incredible moisture levels in the prepared flesh. The culinary application is vast. Think it and Hake will handle it. Now it is possible that this will need to ship Tuesday for Wednesday as many Pats fan fishermen… well you know.

#1 Red Grade Hawaiian Tombo “Albacore” 

(Thunnus alalunga)

Hawaiian Tombo is a brilliant representation of spectacular Tuna with a leaner and cleaner mouth feel with a unique light pink to light red coloration. The Tombo is an integral part of the local Hawaiian diet and is an excellent solution to smaller portioning of loin steaks. Lighter in color than its cousin the Yellowfin, the Tombo sheen a beautiful “candy” hue like a pearl paint job on a classic car.Tombo stands on its own as a GIANT little Tuna. Tombo is perfect for Sahimi, Poke, Tartare, and lightly seared for those remorseful gluttons looking for redemption.
Tombo has 3 grades as a food fish.

Light – Very little Red coloration. Lands somewhere in a pink shade. Great for Cooking.

Standard – Perfect for Poke and light cooking methods.

Sashimi Red – Deep candy apple color perfect for raw and crudo applications.

Faroe Island Salmon 

(Salmo salar)

Though it is irresistibly rich, it’s still leaner that a pork butt. Faroe Island Salmon is SeafoodS.com’s largest Atlantic species offerings. The fish are offered from the 15 – 19 lbs and up. The growing methods and extremely cold waters offer an insurmountable level of body fat. For any Chef who bases quality of Atlantic Salmon by Fat, Size, Consistency, and Sustainability; this is your Salmon! Faroe Island Fisheries have a thorough understanding of the product as well as the process. They have a rich past that is honored and respected, and they have a bright future as respected leaders in this industry. The entire focus has been, is, and will always be, on providing you with the highest quality Salmon.


Ocean Tides – Loss Prevention

Loss Prevention

Controlling Food Cost With Longer Shelf Life


When we look at Food Cost as a whole, purchasing, portion control, and sales are all factors. The goal of SeafoodS.com is not only to provide exemplary products,but also to assist in your profitability. The major focus for us is to provide products that not only impress our customers, but that will hold in your coolers for longer periods.Whether your restaurant is an extremely high volume business, or you are more apt to serve a smaller community, we know that loss from expired products are a drain on your cost control and profitability. That’s why we are dedicated to offering more direct sourcing from the fishermen, importers, and fish houses along many coastal areas. We want for the product to arrive to you with the least amount of  intermediate transit possible. We want the product to arrive to you as the first stop in distribution. In essence we allow our customers to purchase as distributors themselves. The average line of distribution could involve many secondary stops along the route to service. That typically puts multiple days on the product without ever seeing the inside of a restaurant. We have the solution. Direct shipping from the origin or the first leg of distribution… Shorter distribution chains translate into epic shelf live therefore reducing the hazard of loss to expiration and improving cost efficiency. We provide products that withstand “off” or slow services from weather extremes, local events, or any other impacting factor. If you are experiencing any loss in your inventory from “older” product that your are currently purchasing, please reach out to SeafoodS.com, and allow us to assist in a fresher program.


Seafood HACCP Fourth Edition

FDA Fish and Fishery Products and Hazards Controls Guidance, 4th Edition: Introduction and Overview

 

 


Ocean Tides – Setting Trends for ’17

Chef – Set Your 2017 Path With SeafoodS.com!

Celebrate Your Own Food Trends

Everyone with a computer, phone, tablet, and newspaper/magazine subscription has seen some paradoxical reiteration of “2017 Food Trends”. This is where those writers who are “in-the-know” and chefs around the media camps, and culinary websites have all brandished their predictions of what will be “hot” or “trendy” this year. It is all well and good for restaurant guests to read them and feel a bit closer to the industry. It also allows cooks, of all levels, to find depth in items that may have not been researched in their careers. It also brands a myriad of products that have been underutilized, under sung, or under a rock for the past one hundred years. It opens a whole new ingredients list, methodology of technique, philosophy of procurement, or ideology of food that will flourish for the next three hundred and fifty some odd days. We are all intrigued by where this year will take the concept of food and beverage.

At SeafoodS.com, we invite you to see the products that we are securing in 2017, and watch closely to the ever-improving list of items that we continually add to the roster. We invite you to sit for a moment and discover your own “trends”. We invite you to take a raw ingredient, specialized technique, or your own philosophy to set the trend… to make it “hot”. We invite you to go against the grain of 2017 commonalities if you so choose. We know that our customer base and potential clients are extraordinary, and are the leading culinarians in each of your own marketplaces. We offer a Glossary and Menu Planning feature to our site to open up the floodgates of “trendy” creativity. If you don’t see an item that you seek, simply contact SeafoodS.com and a procurement expert will happily comb the planet for your need.

However, we did see a couple popularly noted trends that even peaked our interests. Below are examples of those note-worthy items.

Non-Sushi Japanese

And why not? Sushi is relatively “new” in a cuisine that spans thousands of years. The flavors of Japan are inherently sophisticated and the umami of most colloquial ingredients are utilized in heartier dishes. That’s exactly why we look to Wagyu. With the remarkable lime-light recently shown on Kogi Fungus (Aspergillus oryzae), nothing accepts the rich flavor of Kogi like a well marbled cut of Wagyu. Call Team SeafoodS to secure the perfect Wagyu program.

Japanese Satsuma

Kerwee

Lone Mountain Ranch

Mishima Reserve

Snake River Farms

 

Octopus 

Our tentacled friends hit high prediction marks on Pinterest for 2017. That simply means that the general diner is finding a new love for this cephalopod. From the classic Mediterranean preparations to Old School Smoking and BBQ, this peculiar animal is not as unapproachable as it has been in the past. While we are overtly impressed with the Octopus of Spain and other Med locations for multi-seasonal menus, we celebrate the Apalachee Bay until the end of Stone Crab season. Our team has been working closely with sixth generation Apalachee Bay Stone Crabbers all season. The by-catch of the haul is delicious Apalachee Octopus. The crab-fattened Octopus, which feed on the Stone Crab, arrive to the dock rigor-ed and days fresher than they will arrive to their destination “market”. This is a platinum opportunity to purchase directly from the hands of the trappers themselves. Don’t let the first quarter sneak by without trying these Octopus. Reach out to Team SeafoodS to chat about the harvests and availability.

Apalachee Bay Octopus

 

Contact SeafoodS.com

 

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256
Aaron Philbrick: 704-769-2320
Brad Rosa: 704-413-3267


Happy New Year!!!

We would like to thank the host of Featured Chefs from 2016. Their support is what continually raises SeafoodS.com to the next level of service. We are truly honored to be able to serve such a talented group of culinarians, and we wish you all the most prosperous new year.

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Celebrate The Holidays – SeafoodS.com Advent Calender


Winter Polar Halibut

The holidays are right around the corner. SeafoodS.com is excited to feature a Wintertime Halibut from the polar circle. Our Day Boat fleet of nine Norwegian “Sjark Boats” fishes short trips in the Barent Sea. Ultra-fresh, flown weekly into the United States, this halibut is a perfect feature for your December menu.


Lone Mountain Ranch Wagyu

Acquired in 1965 by Marion and Glen Lloyd, the Ranch served as the stomping grounds for the extended family while they raised various breeds of commercial cattle. Mary Lloyd Estrin and her husband Robert (Bob) Estrin took the reins of the Ranch in the mid-90s, spending cherished time on the land while cultivating a new legacy for the Ranch. After experiencing Wagyu beef at a Santa Monica restaurant in 2004, Bob knew the future of the family Ranch lay on his plate. In 2005, Bob purchased his first two 100% Fullblood Wagyu Bulls, transitioning the entire herd from conventional cattle to 100% Fullblood Wagyu by 2008. Located in Golden, New Mexico, between Santa Fe and Albuquerque on the historic Turquoise Trail, the Lone Mountain Ranch is a treasured and enchanting swath of land. Nestled between the San Pedro and Oritz Mountain ranges, this 27,000-acre plot is a vibrant ecosystem anchored by the lone mountain that guards the valley. We value this very special place as a piece of our heritage and take great care in nurturing it.


Maine Wild Sea Scallops

Get your Sea Scallop recipes in “Holiday mode”. December 1st opened the Maine Scallop Season and SeafoodS.com unites again with some of the freshest Day Boat Scallops Maine has to offer. This small Day Boat fleet of divers and dredgers are rigged and ready. The Scallops’ commercial harvest bolsters 6 day work weeks. The weeks consist of half diving beginning December 1st and ending April 15th, and half dredging beginning December 5th and ending March 29th. Each shipment of Day Boat Sea Scallops state F/V or Divers’ names to ensure you and your guests the trace-ability of these immaculate Scallops. Reach out to SeafoodS.com to get your Holiday menus secured.


Prawns

The Spencer Gulf prawn fishery leads the way in environmentally sustainable fishing practices, which is now being role-modelled worldwide. Recently this was acknowledged through being awarded Marine Stewardship Council Certification. Spencer Gulf King Prawns are an Australian product, caught and packed in Australia. The highest level of quality control is maintained, ensuring presentation, flavor, and product life is preserved.

Wild Nigerian Tiger Prawns are an alien species to many waters far from their Asian origin. They are considered invasive, and eating them could be viewed as stewarding ecological balance. Wild Nigerian Prawns are an incredible tasting and an awe inspiring product. With correct culinary application, the Wild Tiger Prawn can be the summit of the “Seafood Feature”. A hearty initial snap that finishes buttery and succulent, Tiger Prawns are “Giant” in proportions (some 10-13″ long), and have vast culinary applications. Wild Nigerian Tiger Prawns will have your guests “Marketing” your restaurant to everyone they encounter.

arabineros are “Parte superior del mundo”. Top of the world!!! Carabineros reign supreme in Mediterranean Fine Dining. Red Shrimp boast a natural Lobster-Like Sweetness and a very robust “Sea” flavor. Revered for the almost absurd size the Carabinero is by far the largest Red Shrimp on the market. Culinary applications demand skill and respect of the product. Treat as a delicate small Lobster and it becomes a protein without reproach nor equal.


Nantucket Bay Scallops

Captain Jeff Henderson of the F/V Miss Alice has been fishing the Nantucket Harbor and surrounding scallop grounds for decades. Over the years he has developed an almost uncanny knack to always locate these succulent bivalves regardless of the conditions. Jeff works with 15 other boats and skippers during the course of the Season to provide SeafoodS.com with “Nannys” direct from his “Scallop Shanty” to your guests plates within 24 hours from live shuck.

Nantucket bay scallops are harvested by fishermen in small boats from the shores and bays of Nantucket Island using hand dredges. Scallops are landed live, taken ashore and immediately shucked, often by the fishermen themselves in dockside shucking shanties. Fishing for bays can be restrictive: besides heavy winds and ice that can keep the boats tied, fishermen are actually forbidden from harvest if the air temperature is lower than 28°F before 10 AM. Because the water is warmer than the air, scallops will die immediately once dredged, killing both undersized juveniles who would be cast back along with the marketable catch. And although the season is opened until March, it is not uncommon for fishermen to stop fishing altogether once the harbor freezes up entirely, sometimes as early as the first week of January. Nantucket Bay scallops are smaller than sea scallops, and are about the tip of the thumb once shucked (60-80 per lb or 60-80 count). The meat itself is the abductor muscle of the scallop, and has a sweet, mild taste that is unequalled anywhere. Nantucket Bays are especially sought after because of their ability to be served raw when fresh, and at their ability to caramelize beautifully when put to heat. Super fresh Nantucket bay scallops can and SHOULD be enjoyed raw. Some sushi connoisseurs swear that the scallop is the greatest raw bar selection. Otherwise, bay scallops are preferred in ceviche dishes or are baked with herbs, wrapped in bacon, skewered and grilled, or battered and deep-fried or lightly pan-seared until the edges are a crispy brown. Simply one of the best treats that the ocean can offer.


Florida Stone Crab Claws

2016’s Stone Crab Season is going very well. We look at the abundance of this sustainable fishery as a shining symbol of Holiday Magic. The crab are moving well and finding the traps daily. SeafoodS.com invites all of our Chefs to incorporate this stunning, sweet, mellow, and succulent Crab Claw in any of your Holiday menus.

Florida Stone Crab harvests are one of the most “sustainable” crab industries in the world. Only the larger claw is removed, returning the live Stone Crab to the water to regenerate another claw.


 


Celebrate The Holidays With Maine Sea Scallops

Get your Sea Scallop recipes in “Holiday mode”. December 1st opens the Maine Scallop Season and SeafoodS.com unites again with some of the freshest Day Boat Scallops Maine has to offer. This small Day Boat fleet of divers and dredgers are rigged and ready. The Scallops’ commercial harvest bolsters 6 day work weeks. The weeks consist of half diving beginning December 1st and ending April 15th, and half dredging beginning December 5th and ending March 29th. Each shipment of Day Boat Sea Scallops state F/V or Divers’ names to ensure you and your guests the trace-ability of these immaculate Scallops. Reach out to SeafoodS.com to get your Holiday menus secured.