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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.


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Ocean Tides – Special Edition Stone Crab

Chef – Stone Crab Season Opens   

 October 15th

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The Crab  (Menippe mercenaria)

Crab Stone Claws

October 15th opened the coveted Florida Stone Crab Season. We are positioned to be your direct Fresh Claw ambassadors. Florida Stone Crab Claws are an easily marketable, fine dining, menu-able product that holds the utmost “Briny Sweetness”. From Miami to Phoenix to Vegas to L.A., the Stone Crab has starred in the successes of many of our customers. SeafoodS.com is striving to promote these seasonal phenomena to anyone who would like to serve the best… Florida Stone Crab Claws! These delicious, revered, and celebrated claws have a “hand” in launching a nation-wide love of the iconic Crab House. Restaurants have, for decades, worked to refine their presentation and application for Fine Dining. This has brought Stone Crab Claws to their highest culinary pinnacle. The Stone Crab boasts one of the sweetest flavor profiles of any crustacean, and SeafoodS.com will be positioned as a direct shipping avenue for the freshest Stone Crab Claw.
Stone Crab traps will hit the Atlantic and Gulf are here! SeafoodS.com invites you to reach out to our experts to secure this program for you and your guests. Preorders will be accepted, and they are highly recommended.

The Fisheries

Boat El Toro

SeafoodS.com has a long standing relationship with the Watermen of Florida whose livelihood depends on these crustaceans.   Just south of Tallahassee, in the heart of Florida’s “Big Bend” region is the port City of Saint Marks. This is the water side home of Richard, Andy, and Johnny. They are brothers from a family that has fished Apalachee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico for six generations. They each captain a boat in the family’s five boat fleet. The most notable end result of their efforts is the renowned claw of the Apalachee Stone Crab. Atlantic Stone Crab is also highly sought, and SeafoodS.com has an incredibly secure position in National Distribution. Through our “Florida Direct” Program, we source only the highest quality product available for next day delivery to our customers. This is an opportunity for our customers to doubly expand their reach into a competitive and aggressively desired menu-able product line. In each location, the Claws are meticulously harvested, brought to dock, and masterfully steamed and chilled for the highest quality Claws on the market. They are then packed and shipped within hours.
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. Wooden traps have historically made “Crab Hunting” by Octopus, (natural crab predators), very easy. SeafoodS.com’s partners have found opportunity in this environmental reality. They utilize heavy steel traps to prohibit the Octopus from entering. They also position Octopus Pot Traps nearby to capture the Cephalopods. These Octopus Traps also capture Black Sea Bass which will accompany the Crab and Octopus back to Dock for next day delivery to your restaurant! Consider all of the benefits to a direct line into Florida’s finest seafood for your Autumn Menu. SeafoodS.com can fill that need and much more.

The Process

Crab Stone Trap Plastic2

In the pre-dawn hours of October 15 th , Captain Andy and Captain Johnny will sail down the St. Marks River, into Apalachee Bay, and begin a process that runs until mid May.  Four days a week they will crab fish between the hours of 4:00AM and 6:00PM, followed by claw processing from 6:00PM to 9:00PM.  They bait and set a total of 6,000 pots in a fishing zone spread over 24 miles and in waters ranging from 6 to 35 feet in depth. Seven hundred pots are pulled, fished, and re-baited each fishing day.
Claws must be of legal size.  Once a pot is pulled, the claws are measured, one legal claw is removed and the crab is tossed back into the water.  The crab men are adept in identifying egg bearing female crabs and these are instantly returned to the sea with both claws still intact.
The claws are not iced on the boat as this will cause the meat to stick to the shell after processing.  Upon returning to the docks, the claws are graded as follows: Colossal (1-2 ct), Jumbo (2-3 ct), Large (3-5 ct), Selects (6 ct) and Medium (7-8 ct).  Selects are perfect for restaurants desiring claws that are all the same size.  After grading, the claws are steamed at a maximum temperature and held for ten minutes before being “shocked” in an ice bath to reduce the temperature. They are then packed and shipped to your receiving docks and kitchen doors.

Stone Crab Season is OPEN

Call SeafoodS.com for to secure yours

Contact SeafoodS.com

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
Ben Hollinger: 704-769-2320
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256

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Mount Cook Alpine King Salmon

Salmon King AlpineBest Choice

The induction of many New Zealand King Salmon into the “Best Choice” classification of the Monterey Seafood Watch has boosted the overall notoriety of their practices. While many NZ King producers have triumphed in responsible aqua-culture, and stellar product lines, one stands unique in its clever locale and innovative operations system.

The Alpine King Salmon are a unique Freshwater King Salmon. Hatched and raised in the pristine, glacial waters of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, Mt Cook Alpine Salmon speaks for itself. A unique alpine environment, fast-flowing habitat and the delicate touch of the seasons, create the world’s finest freshwater King Salmon. Nature has done all the hard work and the flavor tells the story. The result is a salmon that is moist and delicate to the palette and sought after by leading chefs around the world.

SeafoodS.com is enamored by the opportunity to work closely with the United States’ exclusive importer of Mount Cook Alpine King Salmon. Direct Priority Overnight shipping opportunities allow our customers to receive the freshest Alpine Kings. With Sushi and Sashimi quality, the Alpine King has a place in any application. From French classic to cutting edge fusion, Alpine King Salmon by SeafoodS.com has a place on any menu or feature board. We offer Import Direct with quality guaranteed product each week. Reach out toSeafoodS.com to learn more about this unique Salmon offering.


Thank You for a Tremendous 2014

Happy New Year

And in a blink, 2014 passed. We hope that your New Year’s Eve service went splendidly with many outstanding dishes and enamored guests. Team SeafoodS is honored to have played any part of your success, and we welcome any opportunity to serve you in this new year.

As you wake with a sense of nostalgia for 2014, and a raging ambition to begin 2015, we wanted to convey our deepest gratitude. Your dedication to making individual components come together in artistic and delicious creations is an art that not only nourishes the body, but gives sustenance to life itself. Each of us wants to be doted over, and preparing a meal is a defining act of care. Tireless effort combined with leadership, knowledge, skill, and an adventurous spirit is what heightens a great cook to a phenomenal chef. SeafoodS.com knows this because each week you share with us, not only your ingredient needs, but also your ideas, pictures, stories, recipes, and your culinary instinct. For these things, we are appreciative beyond measure, and to be a part of a Chef’s professional advancements is humbling, to say the least.

SeafoodS.com commits to continue the points of service that wins and retains your business, and ultimately become your most trusted advocate in procurement. This is our promise . Help us expand this promise by submitting your needs and challenges. Allow us to be an anchor in your supply.

We wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year.