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Ocean Tides Seasonal Menu Planning Guide ~ September Edition

Chef – Get Your Head In The “Game”   

 Our Feathered Friends

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SeafoodS.com lets you inspire the kitchen and treat your guests to the extraordinary! Each month SeafoodS.com will supplement your monthly menu planning by featuring a seasonal direct program from a specific region of the globe. Our direct programs will bring the outstanding culinary experience of each region directly to your restaurant, menu, team, and guests.

SeafoodS.com isn’t just your aquatic protein advocate. We have sea legs and a land lubber’s reach. September preludes Autumn, and we have your transitional game meats! Hot enough for Summer, but cool enough for your clientele. Bring sustainable pastured and wild game to your board for a distinct change to your End-of-Summer menu. Get your September “Game” going…

Chapter 2: The Feathered

American Squab  (Columbidae)

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Squab have been domesticated, fattened and eaten since ancient Egypt and Rome. The tenderness of the Squab is only paralleled by its full-bodied flavor. Squab are young domestic Pigeon/Dove that have been bred for size, taste, and tenderness. These are not your typical “City” Pigeon. The breeding/husbandry of these birds have been cross selected and diverted to a premium for nearly 100 years. Grown sustainably in the Carolinas, these birds are an all natural protein with no hormones, antibiotics, or chemical treatment what-so-ever. When obtaining the most succulent Squab, the best feed is used. It consists of an all natural, all vegetarian composition that ensures the highest quality meats from these brilliantly raised Squab. The Squab is minimally processed by hand and vacuum sealed for incredible freshness. These birds have fed Kings, Queens, dignitaries, and American Presidents. This is the pinnacle of Squab in the marketplace, and SeafoodS.com offers a year-round supply of the best available. Choose SeafoodS.com for your Squab to elevate the bird on your menu.

Pheasant  (Phasianinae)

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As dining evolves to a photo-op for every plate, give your shutter happy guests a great muse. Wisconsin free range Pheasant is just that… a muse for the senses. The White Pheasant boasts a remarkable yield that is sure to bring a wow factor to your cutting board and your guests’ table. Bred for “Big”, these Pheasant are a powerful pastured bird that feed naturally on insects, seed, and grasses. Their diet is supplemented with a protein- rich, natural-grain, and animal by-product free feed that only accentuates the tenderness and succulence of the meat. With a constant supply of fresh spring water, the Pheasant live a chemical free existence. No hormones, antibiotics, or flavor enhancers are used in the raising of these Pheasant. This provides a superb Pheasant with wonderful flavor and ample moisture. Try Free Range Pheasant for your next menu.

Quail  (Odontophoridae)

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Quail is the petite bird on very successful menus. For those who are passionate about the best, SeafoodS.com provides a Quail program that ultimately solves any procurement challenges. These Quail offer multiple specs, including whole, boneless, semi-boneless, airline breasts, and fresh eggs. The Quail are raised in an all natural, “Never Ever” program that uses no antibiotics, hormones, steroid, or flavor enhancers. The Quail are fed a protein rich grain diet that allows for maximum size and yield. A healthy, veterinarian supervised, and HAACP controlled environment produce the highest quality Quail in distribution. SeafoodS.com facilitates a Priority Overnight delivery to ensure the ultimate freshness. Quail hold high reverence among the most formidable restaurants, clubs, and resorts in the nation. The extremely flavorful, yet petite protein lends style and refinement to “tight” sets and center-of-the-plate presentations.

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Ocean Tides – Bison, Venison, & Elk

Chef – Get Your Head In The “Game”   

 American Bison and Their Prairie Home Companions

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SeafoodS.com lets you inspire the kitchen and treat your guests to the extraordinary! Each month SeafoodS.com will supplement your monthly menu planning by featuring a seasonal direct program from a specific region of the globe. Our direct programs will bring the outstanding culinary experience of each region directly to your restaurant, menu, team, and guests.
SeafoodS.com isn’t just your aquatic protein advocate. We have sea legs and a land lubber’s reach. September preludes Autumn, and we have your transitional game meats! Hot enough for Summer, but cool enough for your clientele. Bring sustainable pastured and wild game to your board for a distinct change to your End-of-Summer menu. Get your September grazing…

Chapter 1: The Hooved

American Bison – Buffalo (Bison bison)

Bison On the Hoof

A species so nice…Scientist named it twice. It belongs to pioneer survival. A native species that gave America legs…. literally. Also its hide, fur, meat, organs, and trade value were the predominant currency and sustenance of both Native and Pioneer folk. Even the methane potent dung could warm the frigid and then cook itself. Talk about low overhead…  SeafoodS.com procures the history. Groups of Western Bison Ranchers commit to produce this noble protein to anyone who dares prepares this meat with the compassion that only comes from culinary professionals.

Deer “Venison” – Red Deer (Cervus elaphus )

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Although not native, this is a “BIG” deer. The introduction of pastured Red Deer has revolutionize a part of the Venison demand. Presenting “slabs” of meat for a skilled hunter’s dinner table and readied and plentiful cuts for the chef who “hunts” for quality. Venison of this prestige has the distinguished “wild” flavor of game and the refinement of a pampered protein.

Elk – Wapiti  (Cervus canadensis)

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The Elk is one of the largest land mammals in North America. They’re not only large in mass, but “large” in flavor. American Elk have a varied diet that presents a lean and “earthy” meat. Including grasses, plants, and even tree bark, the collage of nutrients that sustain this hefty beast produce a flavorful and deep red protein that plays well with the upcoming fall vegetable selection. The Elk’s appeal to Autumn Menus is as natural as the leaves turning. SeafoodS.com offers Elk that enables consistency in supply while preserving its natural characteristics.
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Ocean Tides – New England Oysters

Chef – New England Oysters   

 August Pearls

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SeafoodS.com let’s you inspire the kitchen and treat your guests to the extraordinary! Each month SeafoodS.com will supplement your monthly menu planning by featuring a seasonal direct program from a specific region of the globe. Our direct programs will bring the outstanding culinary experience of each region directly to your restaurant, menu, team, and guests.

August is here and we look to the Shellfish of New England. This week we take on a vast and varied market; the Northeast Oyster. We’ll focus on the famed production locations of Canada, Maine, and Massachusetts. When you find a perfect Oyster Line Up, please contact your sales rep today to build your ideal box.

Chapter 5: Oysters

Eastern Oysters  (Crassostrea virginica)

August has no “R”. That’s okay. The rule of “R” was created before the invention of mechanical refrigeration. It made very little sense to spend more for the ice to keep the Oysters cold than the Oysters themselves. With modern systems in place, it is safe to serve oysters year-round.

Eastern Oysters of New England and Canada are as varied as the waters that they inhabit. Oysters are a unique seafood in that they possess the flavors, brine and qualities of the environment in which they are grown. The majority of New England and Canadian Oysters are farmed with the exception of a very few wild harvests. The Oysters are typically named for the beach, bay, river, sound, island, or town from which they are raised. Each with its specific signature in size, taste, shell, and shape, the Eastern Oyster can take your guests on a terrific journey up and down the New England Coast. SeafoodS.com is fortunate to offer one of the largest variety and availability in Oysters. Our Overnight Shipping allows our customers the opportunity to serve Oysters with no geographic limitations. Though we offer nearly 100 varieties from around the world, we look this week to the briny shores of New England and neighboring Canada.

Oysters

Canadian Oysters

Canadian Oysters are prized for the deep cup and typically small width. Covering the areas of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, the availability is immense. The intense brine of a Canadian Oyster is unmistakable. Here are some of Canada’s most marketable Oysters.
Malpaque – Prince Edward Island:
Grown in Malpaque Bay, these Oysters are true “Boutique”. A relatively small Oyster with a deep cup. Big brine with a significant “crunch” and a sweet clean finish.
Fancy Sweet Carraquette – New Brunswick:
Fancy Sweet is the smallest Carraquette oyster on the market place. Highly mineralized water often gives the meat a dark color but contributes to its uniqueness and fresh flavor. A “sweet” oyster by smell and equally “sweet” by taste.
Malagash – Nova Scotia:
These medium standard oysters are grown in the Malagash Basin on the north shore of Nova Scotia. In spite of the extreme northern location, growing conditions and results in these cold North Atlantic waters are terrific for this unique 3 to 3 ½ inch oyster. Malagash oysters have a mildly salty flavor with a slightly smoky, mineral finish.

Maine Oysters

Maine Oysters have the benefit of an incredibly mineral rich waterfront. Maine oysters grow slowly. While southern oysters can reach market size in a year or less, a Maine oyster needs three years minimum. A four-year-old, cold-water Maine oyster has a glorious depth of texture and flavor.
Black Bear Points – Bagaduce River:
These 3+ inch medium cup oysters are mild with a clean finish and a sun bleached shell. They are surface grown on the Bagaduce River just north of Bear Head by the growers of the Little Island Oyster. Tended by hand, the only machinery used in the raising of this oyster is a solar-powered grader/tumbler.
Pemaquid – Damariscotta River:
Grown in the deep holes of the Damariscotta River, the Pemaquid have a light and lemony flavor. Growing very large, up to 5 inches, the Pemaquid only gets more interesting as they grow.
Belon ( Ostrea edulis) North American Flats – Boothbay Harbor:
A minuscule 5,000 Belon a year are pulled in Maine and sold, making them one of the rarest oysters in the world. Rowan Jacobsen states, “these wild oysters are as powerful as any on the planet, redolent of fish and zinc and umami-not for the faint of heart.”

Massachusetts Oysters

Massachusetts Oysters rival any on the planet. The abundant salinity of its shores offer a brine and “pickle-like liveliness” that make the Massachusetts Oyster industry one of the nations most revered. Massachusetts is inherently proud of a long and rich history of Oyster production. Some harvest locations have been producing Oysters for over two centuries
Wellfleet – Wellfleet Estuary:
These 3 to 3 ½ inch oysters have always been enjoyed extensively throughout Cape Cod. Wellfleets resemble Malpeques in their light body and clean finish, but they are even saltier. A varied assortment of growing and farming methods develop an especially plump and hearty New England oyster with consistent size and shape.
Cotuit – Cotuit Bay:
A Cotuit Oyster is well-known and demanded by oyster enthusiasts in many parts of the world for its naturally briny, Cape Cod flavors and perfectly, palatable half shell size. Dating back to 1857, The Cotuit Oyster Company produces one of the oldest brand name oysters in the United States. This is the only shellfish farm operating in Cotuit Bay and is currently utilizing over 33 acres of perfect oyster growing waters. There are a number of fresh water streams, marshes and estuaries that combine with clean water from Nantucket Sound and enter Cotuit Bay through the Wianno Cut and Cotuit Channel. This is the key to providing the oysters a rich and diverse food supply.
Warren Cove – White’s Flat:
Some of the best oysters in the world grow in the unique confluence of Plymouth, Kingston, and Duxbury Bays. The result is an unimaginably refreshing oyster. Warren Cove has everything that make Massachusetts world-famous for Oyster production.

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OYSTER LIST

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Ocean Tides – New England Sea Scallops

Chef – New England Sea Scallops Sweeten Summer.   

 August Menu Plan.

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SeafoodS.com let’s you inspire the kitchen and treat your guests to the extraordinary! Each month SeafoodS.com will supplement your monthly menu planning by featuring a seasonal direct program from a specific region of the globe. Our direct programs will bring the outstanding culinary experience of each region directly to your restaurant, menu, team, and guests.

August is here and we look to the Shellfish of New England. This week we delve into the gauntlet of Sea Scallops. “Gauntlet” refers to the vast availability of Sea Scallops in today’s markets. They have different size and specifications, processing treatments, harvest methods, and distribution avenues. When you encounter your ideal Sea Scallop within this piece, please contact your sales rep today to build your ideal box.

Chapter 4: Sea Scallops

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Atlantic Sea Scallop  (Placopecten magellanicus)

Atlantic Sea Scallops are some of the United States’ most prevalent Scallops on restaurant menus. Their popularity is widely recognized by chefs and diners alike. Sea Scallops market themselves, portion perfectly, elevate straight-forward ingredients, enlighten gourmet “sets”, and seduce the masses. It is a simple matter of finding the correct Sea Scallop for your particular application. Below are varied levels of Sea Scallop production that show the value in each.

Fresh Sea Scallops are graded by size and marketed by the amount of preservative added.

  • Dry Chemical Free – Unprocessed with 0% Preservative or Water Weight
  • Dry Overnight – “Dip” processing that accrues the minimal amount of additive that meets FDA “Dry” requirements – less than 18% Weight by Volume of Preservative and Water
  • Wet – “Soak” processing that accrues more than 18% Weight by Volume of Preservative and Water

Day Boat Dry

Massachusetts and Maine’s Day Boat Fresh Sea Scallops are diamonds! Day Boats utilizing small net dredging offer the “Top-of-Catch” in Sea Scallops. Their daily runs provide Sea Scallops that will never see the large processing facilities. They are offloaded, shucked, and packed for shipping right from the pier. When searching for the freshest Sashimi/Crudo grade Sea Scallops, look for Day Boat Dry. Upon cooking, Day Boat Drys have no equal. No  water loss equals no shrinkage. Their sugar concentration enables a deep golden sear while its brine still lingers. The sweet and salty balance of Sea Scallops are remarkable.  Day Boat Dry Sea Scallops represent the premier fine dining shellfish.

SeafoodS.com’s Priority Overnight delivery offers Sea Scallop meats that are hours from their shell. This the premium!

New Bedford Auction

The New Bedford Scallop Auction offers a complete array of Sea Scallops. The Lightship Fleets of New Bedford provide short trip hauls that are sorted and processed. The auction pricing reflects the Scallops’ size and the amount of “processing” received. The largest scallops with the least amount of processing gain the highest market prices.

The Dry Chemical Free Sea Scallops are either blast frozen aboard longer trip boats or shucked fresh at port. New Bedford Chemical Free Dry are the highest quality in the Auction. They are the perfect Auction Scallop for a colorful sear.

The Overnight Sea Scallops are still considered “Dry” and are the most abundant fresh Sea Scallop in restaurant distribution. They release minimal amounts of water when cooking, but require a harder sear to obtain deep color. Overnights offer a slight reduction in price per pound, but need heightened talents and techniques to bring them to their highest value on the plate.

Wet Scallops are the lowest quality and price. The price is obtained through soaking smaller Scallops in a solution of water and preservative until they amass considerable size and weight (turning a 20/30 into a 10/20). The shelf life is incredible, but you are buying a small Scallop and water. Choose a smaller Overnight or Dry to obtain the same portion cook weight, but with a much more eloquent product.

You SeafoodS.com account specialist can assist in finding the perfect Auction Sea Scallop for your recipes and preparation methods.

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Ocean Tides – New England Shellfish

Chef – New England Shellfish Makes Midsummer Shine.   

 August Menu Plan.

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SeafoodS.com let’s you inspire the kitchen and treat your guests to the extraordinary! Each month SeafoodS.com will supplement your monthly menu planning by featuring a seasonal direct program from a specific region of the globe. Our direct programs will bring the outstanding culinary experience of each region directly to your restaurant, menu, team, and guests.

August is here and we look to the Shellfish of New England. The bivalves and crab of the North Atlantic bring a Summer flare to your fare. This week we focus on Mussels, Clams, and Crab. Contact your sales rep today to build your ideal box.

Chapter 3: Shellfish

Atlantic Blue Mussels  (Mytilus edulis)

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Atlantic Mussels are survivalists. They are some of the heartiest bivalves in nature, and cannon ball driver for any menu. Summer is a great time to bring mussels to your guests. With broad culinary abilities, the Mussel can easily find its place in a light brunch salad or a hearty dinner entree. Mussels are unique to their environment. Like Oysters they mirror the flavor complexity of the waters that they inhabit. SeafoodS.com has a unique ability to source the correct Mussel for your applications. We’ll take a look at the growing methods, locations and sizes of our premium availability.

Restaurant Ready

Location: Rhode Island

Growing System: Bottom Grown – Trays placed on the sea floor.

Sizes: Whitewater Mussels (2.5″ – 16/20 ct), Big One (3″ – 10/15 ct), Cape Cod Bay (3.5″ to 4″ – 12 ct)

This program allows a collective group of Rhode Island growers to produce their Mussels, and distribute their product with the highest quality and care. At the harvest’s beginning, the Mussels are transported from their respective locations to a state-of-the-art production facility. First the Mussels are put into a custom designed seawater system. This unique design pumps the cool, sterilized seawater of Narragansett Bay over the shellfish allowing the bivalves to filter out sand and grit in a controlled all-natural environment. The seawater system is monitored on a daily basis. Next, the mussels go through a preparation line that includes multiple wash points, intricate inspections, a debysser (to cut the “beards”) and a meticulous grading process.

Moules

Location: Rhode Island

Growing System:  Longline – Trays suspended in water from horizontal lines.

Size: Moules (1.5″ – 30/35 ct)

Located off Aquidneck Island in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay Rhode Island, Moules are the “Taste of the Ocean State”. The growing process and the unlimited food supply allows for a flavor that is wonderfully sweet with a slight hint of Narragansett Bay salinity.  The clean blue shells have waves of gold radiating throughout and boast a pristine shine. This petite Mussel is perfect for Moules-Frites, and other recipes that call for a smaller yet incredibly plump Mussel. Moules have a massive meat to shell ratio that is sure to satisfy your guests.

Bouchot

Location: Maine

Growing System: Pole or Post – Mounted to rope and hung from stationary posts.

Size: Bouchot (2″ to 3″)

Maine has some of the coldest waters in the USA. The powerful tidal change of the Gulf of Maine bring the vast sea to the Mussels. Bouchot growing styles produce a near perfect shell with abundant meat. The surge of nutrients to their fixed position brings a wealth of vegetal nourishment to the Mussels. The strong current also disallows predators the ease of damaging the stock. Cold, crisp Maine waters also provide richness in the “fat” of the Mussels. It provides protection from extreme temperatures for the Mussel and a creamy finish to the diner.

Clams

Clam, Hard Shell

Clams are as popular as they have ever been among  restaurant  guests. The production of Clams has risen significantly over the past 3 decades and they have become  wildly  popular with a new generation of seafood diners. Their traditional preparations have led to innovative recipes and techniques from the most celebrated chefs in the world. SeafoodS.com has a long reach in procuring Clams. The immediate shipping of our clams ensure the longest shelf life possible. Let’s look at a few New England Direct offerings.

Quahog Clam ( Mercenaria mercenaria )

The hard-shell clams found on the East Coast (where they’re also called by the Indian name quahog) come in specific sizes.

Littleneck Clams – aka “Nex”

Size: 2″ Shell – 9/ 12 ct

Middleneck Clams – aka “Middles”

Size: 2.5″ Shell – 7/9 ct

Topneck Clams – aka “Tops”

Size: 3″ Shell – 4/6 ct

Cherrystone Clams – aka “Cherries”

Size: 3.5″ Shell 3/4 ct

Chowder Clams – aka “Chowders”

Size: 4′ to 5′ Shell – 1/2 ct

Razor Clam (Ensis arcuatus, Ensis directus)

Razor Clams are hand dug during specific tidal conditions. Harvested during a “Super” Moon and very low tides. This allows short exciting bursts of availability. Long Slender “Straight Razor” shaped with beautiful greens, browns, and cream colors throughout the shell. The fringe of the meat has a purple hue and the foot is an attractive cream color. The Razor Clam is perfect from Sashimi to Saute.

Cockles (Austrovenus stutchburyi)

Boston Harbor is a magnificent hub for Cockles. The shell is solid and rotund, sculptured with numerous strong rounded radial ribs. The meats are large and succulent, with a fresh briny flavor that works with dishes from the Mediterranean to the Orient. Prepare as you would domestic Littleneck clams, purging in salt water and cooking just until they open.

New England Crab 

Crab, Jonah Claws

New England Crab are relatively “new” to a centuries old culinary history. Typically crab were caught as bycatch in the New England Lobster industry. The invasions of Rock Crab, aka “Peekytoe”, and Jonah Crab onto the Lobster Pots was a nuisance to the Lobstermen. Stealing bait  and filling up the traps before the Lobsters had time to enter proved to be a challenge. The fates of both Crab were realized when brilliant marketing and innovative usage re-branded these species as viable and delicious seafood offerings. From Daniel to The French Laundry, this once “trash” is now “treasure”.

Rock Crab “Peekytoe” (Cancer irroratus)

The market name was taken from local slang. Peekytoe! The Peekytoe is primarily “All Leg Meat”. The legs of the Rock Crab have a wonderful complex flavor that can be utilized in endless applications. Fully steamed Peekytoe meat is sweet and firm with a subtle finish. Peekytoe is a perfect “ready to use” product for countless recipes. Our Peekytoe availability is a Trap-To-Table distribution that guarantees the freshest crab.

Jonah Crab (Cancer borealis)

Beginning in the 1970’s, Jonah Crab have found a steady rise in Culinary need. The Jonahs are pot trap caught in the Gulf of Maine and are predominant in the Western Atlantic and almost specific to the United States. Similar to Pacific Dungeness, the Jonah Claw has found roots in some of the highest quality Seafood Restaurants in New England. Jonah Crab are steamed upon catch and broken down into several portioned options. We carry various Jonah Crab products and offer them daily. The meat is a sweet and complex crab flavor that offers a multitude of cooking applications. From Raw Bar to hearty Bisques, the Jonah fits any need. Call SeafoodS.com to find your specific Jonah Crab product.

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Karen Harmon:  704-769-2262

Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265

Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256