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Ocean Tides – Halibut Menu Box Second Edition

Chef – Build A Perfect Box with Halibut

Along with Alaskan Halibut, SeafoodS.com can build a perfect “Menu Box” with some of New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, Japan, and California’s greatest seafood options packed alongside your Halibut order. This is an exceptionally creative advantage and is available to our customers throughout the season. With Halibut fulfilling your shipping weight, it’s an easy way to try species that you have underutilized in the past.

Groper – Hapuku 

(Polyprion oxygeneios)

New Zealand Groper can be distinguished from their distant relatives by their plain-colored body pattern. And with market sizes ranging from 6 lbs to above 30 lbs, the Groper have a very particular aspect for a menu item. They carry the light succulence of larger Rockfish in the early stages of adulthood, and fulfill the flaky bite of large Grouper later in life. Groper are line caught off the coast New Zealand, including the Chatham Rise. They are most common over or near rocky areas down to 850 feet. The main fishing grounds for Gropers are the deep canyons off the East Coast of the North Island, Cook Strait, Kokura and the west Coast of the South Island. It is in the genus Polyprion that include one of the Southern Atlantic’s favorite food fish, the Wreckfish or “Stone Bass”.

John Dory – St Peter Fish 

(Zues faber)

New Zealand John Dory is an upright “Flatfish”. Its fillet resembles the shape of Flounder. John Dory is perhaps the most recognizable of all the New Zealand species and is easily identified by a conspicuous black spot on the side of its olive/brown body. Dories are distinct from all other fish, with the exception of their deepwater relatives the Oreos.  From its storied beginnings, the John Dory has been a staple in ultra fine dining. With a sweet and delicate flesh that cooks to a paper white, the John Dory rivals the marks of species that often accompany it on upscale menus. When developing John Dory recipes, look to its skeleton as well. Though the flesh is one of the most attractive in a center-of-the plate species, its large extendable mouth structure offers an abundance of collagen. For stocks and broths it is the embodiment of perfect stock bones. With market sizes ranging from 2 lbs. to just above 5 lbs., the John Dory gives assistance in excellent portion control as well.

Glacier 51 Toothfish – Patagonia Toothfish/”Seabass”

(Dissostichus eleginoides)

Certified ‘sustainable’ by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and rated ‘Best Choice’ by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, Glacier 51 Toothfish is the ultimate choice in terms of quality and sustainability. Australia’s Heard Island Toothfish fishery undergoes rigorous stock assessments by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) and the Commission for Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to ensure accurate on-going sustainability of the stock. Vessels are required to do research cruises and tag and release thousands of Toothfish to further improve the understanding of the biology and status of Toothfish. By regulating the fishery and continuing the extensive research programs on Toothfish, the Australian government and CCAMLR have ensured that fishing for Toothfish at Heard Island is sustainable FOREVER.

Contact SeafoodS.com to Build This Year’s Halibut Program

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Lee Dellinger: 704-769-2257
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Ben Hollinger: 704-769-2320
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256
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Ocean Tides – Halibut Menu Boxes

Chef – Build A Perfect Box with Halibut

Along with Alaskan Halibut, SeafoodS.com can build a perfect “Menu Box” with some of New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, Japan, and California’s greatest seafood options packed alongside your Halibut order. This is an exceptionally creative advantage and is available to our customers throughout the season. With Halibut fulfilling your shipping weight, it’s an easy way to try species that you have underutilized in the past.

Bluenose – Antarctic Butterfish 

(Hyperoglyphe Antarctica)

This high-end Seabass-like species is a favorite with fine dining establishments and is great sauteed or baked, but can be cooked using virtually any method. Bluenose is by far New Zealand’s most famous bass export, with insatiable demand for this fish in overseas markets, especially Australia and the USA.

Barramundi – Asian Seabass 

(Lates Calcarifer)

Barramundi is one of our best selling fish and this sea bass has taken the American palate by storm. As Dr. Oz, who rates it as one of his top 5 Superfoods puts it, “Bonus: the white meat is light, flaky and delicious”. Indeed this fish performs very well in a variety of dishes. It’s naturally mild flavor profile allows it to take on other flavor accents readily – permitting chefs to create exceptional dishes with ease.

Ocean Trout – Steelhead 

(Oncorhynchus Mykiss)

This fish has a stunning appearance with a shape like a small torpedo, a relatively small head and a black-spotted silver hide, replete with pink racing stripe. Beneath this fine exterior Tasmanian Ocean Trout has bright crimson-cherry colored flesh, which fades to a pale peach, Omega-3 loaded belly portion. This paler belly is full of inter-muscular fat and is so well-marbled it resembles an aquatic Wagyu at times.

Contact SeafoodS.com to Build This Year’s Halibut Program

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Lee Dellinger: 704-769-2257
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Ben Hollinger: 704-769-2320
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256


Ocean Tides – Halibut Opens March 19th

On February 8th, the International Pacific Halibut Commission met to assess and assign catch quotas for the 2016 Pacific Halibut Season. With Canada and the United States receiving 29 million pounds in total catch quota. This is good news in that it is up from 2015 by 6 million pounds. The stock is at a healthy biomass and the future continues to brighten for one of America’s favorite dining experiences. Our commitment to bringing the freshest and largest Halibuts to our customers has only strengthened during the last 5 years of our Day Boat Direct Alaskan Halibut program.

Alaskan Halibut – Day Boat Direct

Our Day Boat Direct Alaskan Halibut is the jewel in the crown of our seasonal Springtime offerings. With direct Alaskan flights and priority overnight shipping avenues, we guarantee the freshest Halibut with the longest shelf life.
The Seafood Producers Cooperative focuses our supply from the celebrated “2C” fishing grounds. The 2C quota has been set for a total commercial catch of 4,044,000 lbs of Alaskan Halibut this season and we are your direct source for this one of a kind opportunity. We have “Air Fish”. This accelerates the shipping to offer unsurpassed freshness and the big fish when the smaller fish will not suffice. When offloaded at the docks, the Halibut puddle jumps to L.A. where the whole fish are repackaged with fresh cold packs for a same day shipment to the restaurant. SeafoodS.com offers expert fabrication and has some of the tightest trim available in commercial wholesale distribution.
Along with Alaskan Halibut, SeafoodS.com can build a perfect “Menu Box” with some of New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, Japan, and California’s greatest seafood options packed alongside your Halibut order. This is an exceptionally creative advantage and is available to our customers throughout the season. With Halibut fulfilling your shipping weight, it’s an easy way to try species that you have underutilized in the past. Accompany Halibut on your menu with a phenomenal New Zealand King Salmon (Seafood Watch “Best Choice”) for a consistent Salmon preparations, New Zealand Tai Snappers for whole fish presentations, Australian Hiramasa for sashimi, Tahitian Yellowfin Tuna for grandiose appetizers, New Zealand Groper for an elevated “Grouper-like” experience, New Zealand Cockles for a stunning pasta, Pacific Oysters for an elaborate raw bar, Saltwater Barramundi or Tahitian Albacore for unique lunch offerings, Japanese Madai and Hamachi for all things sushi, Spanish Turbot for your coveted Prixe Fixe wine/beer/whisky dinners, and many more available items including grass fed butter, Uni, Wagyu, Crab, Lobster, Loupe de Mer, Opah, Swordfish, Black Cod, and Ling.
The world is opened to you in a single call. The best of Alaska meets the best of the world in a single shipment. Delivered to your restaurant in a single day. Ultimate quality to the last single fish of the season. Make room for this unique opportunity this Spring and beyond. Secure your program this week.

Contact SeafoodS.com to Build This Year’s Halibut Program

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Lee Dellinger: 704-769-2257
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Ben Hollinger: 704-769-2320
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256


Ocean Tides – Valentine’s Day’s Top Specialties

Chef – Love The Guests Who Love Your Food.

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Valentine’s Day is a Super Sunday away. We looked at what was the most popular menu items from the last Valentine’s Day and feel that they represent fare that is worthy of the romance that commences next Sunday. It’s all about the Love. These are products that are so easy to Love.

John Dory “Saint Peter Fish” (Zeus faber)

From its storied beginnings, the John Dory has been a staple in ultra fine dining. With a sweet and delicate flesh that cooks to a paper white, the John Dory rivals the marks of species that often grace upscale menus. Think of Dover Sole with a Snapper’s texture. Think of Turbot with a crab like sweetness. John Dory is a versatile species that dominates the light, white, flaky genre. John Dory is an upright “Flatfish”. Its fillet resembles the shape of Flounder, but without scales. It has a beautiful olive to gold skin that crisps wonderfully when seared. The flake of the John Dory is delicate, and supple. The clean flavors are the perfect canvas for light sets, and a minimalist ingredient approach.

Faroe Island Atlantic Salmon (Salmo solar) 

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 in the world. Faroe Island Salmon are stringently monitored and improved upon by constant research and systems  development . The North Atlantic provides pristine oxygenated currents to these low density systems that greatly increase natural growth and maintain optimal health of these Salmon. Faroe Island Salmon Fisheries implemented the first “Stun & Bleed” Systems in the world to insure the salmon are processed in the most humane method possible. Faroe Island Salmon is SeafoodS.com’s largest Atlantic species offerings. The fish are offered from the 15 to 17 lb mark to their largest, 22 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, Constancy, and Sustainability; this is your Salmon!

Steelhead Ocean Trout Red Roe “Ikura/Caviar” (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

Add this flavorful plating ingredient to elevate the Holiday of Love. When it comes to “caviar”, this is a mellow yet vibrant variety that fits the bill for anyone who appreciates simple elegance. Steelhead/Ocean Trout Roe has a buttery finish to a subtle flavor that has less aggressive profile than the Roe of its Salmon cousins. We offer this brilliant product Smoked as well. It has a light smokey warmth and a light sweetness that is inherently Ocean Trout. Clean, and silky with a nice “pop”. It is a great resource to bring a “Caviar” presentation with a phenomenal price point.  We source all of our “Caviar” from some of the world’s best producers and the Trout Roe is no different. Let SeafoodS.com “top” your dishes with one of our favorite Roes.

Contact SeafoodS.com for availability and pricing.

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Lee Dellinger: 704-769-2257
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Ben Hollinger: 704-769-2320
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256


Ocean Tides – 2 Weeks Till Valentine’s

Chef – Red Finfish. Swimmingly Satisfying!

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Valentine’s Day is a Super Bowl away. For the next two weeks we will look to the “Color of Love” for inspiration. Red is very recognizable for restaurants. It’s been proven to induce hunger and excitement in diners. That’s the goal of these next informational pieces. To incite excitement for some of our incredible “Red” offerings.

Red Drum “Redfish” (Sciaenops ocellatus)

Platinum Red Drum are grown 18 miles in the middle of the sea off the coast of Campeche. They set the standard for quality. They are grown in the best water quality, fed the best feed, (some even with zero fish meal, an ecological breakthrough in aquaculture), and never subjected to hormones or drugs, chilled in slurry ice for shipping – guaranteeing that these fish truly are of the highest of quality.  Maya Fish strongly believes in caring for our oceans. They constantly check the influence of the farm on the water quality around the farm as well as the sand below the cages. The tests are done under both the auspices of the Mexican government and according to international standards. All tests continuously show that the farm has zero impact on its surroundings. In addition, in order to be even more ecologically sound, the company will be growing sea cucumbers under the cages which ingest sand together with any organics on the sand, both ecologically and environmentally beneficial.

“Red” Tuna – Yellowfin & Bigeye (Thunnus albacares &Thunnus obesus ) 

Tuna is a global food-fish that is available in almost every market. The challenge is consistency in quality or availability in higher grades in every market. SeafoodS.com has a global solution to all of our customers. We source from the most reputable fisheries in the world and sort them into a one-stop portal. Our offerings span every grade for every need, and allows you to find the specific program to confidently menu Tuna in your restaurant. Below is several examples of our Tuna Programs and we invite you to call for more details. We have your Tuna.
 
South Atlantic Yellowfin
Florida Direct Tuna allows SeafoodS.com to actively source Tuna in high production areas of the Gulf and South America.
Southern California Bigeye
When Deep Water Pacific fleet members catch the best currents, they slip directly into San Diego to offload. This is a very special occurrence and brings the best of the Pacific Deep Water to the mainland.
Hawaiian Yellowfin & Bigeye
Hawaiian Tuna Fleets are one of the tightest managed tuna fleets in the world. With Circle Hooks and and quick drop systems, these champions of conservation protect juvenile by-catch, sea turtles, and sea birds.  Our Hawaiian Tuna is brought to Auction at the United Fishing Agency in Honolulu and is hand selected for SeafoodS.com and our Chefs. 
Tahitian Yellowfin
Through a great import partnership, SeafoodS.com is able to bring one of the finest Tuna available to the United States. Phenomenal turnaround shipping allows for an incredibly fresh product with insane shelf life. With the Tahitian program, ask for OTR Vacuum Sealing for an even longer shelf.
Flame Snapper – Long Tail Red Snapper (Etelis coruscans)

One of our newest Snapper programs features an amazing Australian Flame Snapper. Commonly known as Queen in Florida, `Ula`ula koa`e in Hawaii, and Onaga and Hamadai in Japan, the Flame Snapper is at the height of its classification. From Queensland and New South Wales to Lord Howe Island, the Australian Fleet target this regal Snapper. Short trip Hook & Line vessels are geared to retrieve some of the most Direct-to-Chef Flame Snapper in distribution. This is an amazing turn-around for a very impressive species. The Flame Snapper inhabit the rocky depths off the coast of Australia. They are known to live up to 1300 feet below the surface. The cold depths of their range produce a clean and moist protein that that rivals any Snapper in their sweet and rich profile. Typically a larger Snapper, the Flame Snapper produces a very versatile fillet. The thickness allows perfect portioning and a remarkable plate presentation. The Flame Snapper also provides a beautiful deep pink to red skin that crisps wonderfully. The skeleton offers a clean yet rich ingredient for stocks, consommes, and fumets.

Contact SeafoodS.com for availability and pricing.

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260
Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261
Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263
Lee Dellinger: 704-769-2257
Karen Harmon: 704-769-2262
Jon Flower – 704-769-2258
Ben Hollinger: 704-769-2320
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256