Ocean Tides – A Bit More Exotic

Chef – Get Your Head In The “Game”   

 The Exotic & The Wild

Ostrich lets you inspire the kitchen and treat your guests to the extraordinary! Each month 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. 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 3

Feral Texas Swine  (Sus scrofa)


The Wild Boar of Texas are not the pink, curly-tailed pig of the domestic barnyard. They are the feral descendants of pigs brought from Europe. Firstly pigs were imported as food for exploration and colonization, and more recently for game hunting. The Wild Boar of Texas survive in a natural environment and are harvested for their delicious meat. has a direct line to the wild. These Wild Boar provide a deeply authentic flavor of hunted game. The Wild Boar survive on a foraged diet of acorns, hickory nuts, pecan, and seeds. The Summer fattening is at its peak with a long season of fruits, grasses, mushrooms, and eggs. Their varied diet offers a very intense “pork” for any menu. Hunting is open, but your hunt for sensational swine is over.
Check out our full list of Wild Boar cuts attached in the red link below.

Ostrich  (Struthio camelus )


Looking for a great beef alternative? Don’t hide your head in the sand when it comes to Ostrich. Ostrich is a phenomenal “Red Meat”. It offers a lean alternative to beef and has a close resemblance in appearance and flavor. Ostrich does, however, have a depth of flavor that surpasses those resemblances. Ostrich has become a very popular protein in the United States and is welcomed to those cutting down on richer meats. It shares a lean quality found in other birds, but blows them away in heartiness. Ostrich holds a multitude of applications. From rare grilled filet to smoked sirloin, the Ostrich is a bird that is more than just the word. offer pastured Ostrich that generally feed on the insects, grasses and seeds of their environment. The diet is supplemented with a high quality all natural feed that is packed with protein from natural grains. They are processed in strict accordance to USDA food safety and are readily available year-round. Put a big bird on the board and your guests will be impressed.
Check out our full list of Ostrich cuts attached in the red link below.

Kangaroo  (Macropus giganteus)


Though there are many species of Kangaroo, the most predominant in food production is the Eastern Grey Kangaroo. These are large Kangaroo with lean yet tender meat. Kangaroo meat is a fine textured soft meat with tender muscle fibers, virtually no fat and little connective tissue. Kangaroo meat is extremely healthy. Fat levels of kangaroo meat are typically 1-2%. This means the meat must be cooked rare and with care to avoid over cooking. It is clinically proven that the Kangaroo is a spectacular protein. Kangaroo meat is a staple on the menus of the US Olympics training center.  It is a well-flavored meat with the intensity of the flavor ranging from subtle in young animals to distinctive in older animals. Kangaroo dishes respond well with aromatic spices and abundantly seasoned vegetables.  Jump into Fall with an exotic on the menu.
Check out our full list of Kangaroo cuts attached in the red link below.



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Product Knowledge: MSC Certified Glacier 51 Toothfish

MSC Certified Glacier 51 Patagonia Toothfish aka Chilean Seabass

MSC Certified Glacier 51 Patagonia Toothfish aka Chilean Seabass

Nothing can rival the story of Glacier 51 Toothfish. Located in the Australian sub-Antarctic territory around Heard Island, a staggering 4,109 km from mainland Australia, Fiftyone Glacier inches into the surrounding icy waters of the storm tossed Southern Ocean. It is this extraordinary environment that is home to the highly prized Patagonian Toothfish (Dissostichus elegnoides). The story includes tough crews in small boats in mighty seas. It involves overcoming pirates, high seas chases and international media coverage. It is also a story that proves the power of collective action and shows what is possible when conservation, responsible industry, science and Government work together for a common goal. The success of this collective action is now evidenced by the Marine Stewardship Council certifying the fishery as sustainable and the Monterey Bay Aquarium listing this Australian fish as ‘Best Choice’. This is a story of a truly remarkable fish!

Certified ‘sustainable’ by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and rated ‘Best Choice’ by the Monterrey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch ® Program, Glacier 51 Toothfish is the ultimate choice in terms of 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 our 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.

The prestige of being on some of the world’s top restaurant menus is not an honor bestowed upon many. It’s no wonder though, when Glacier 51 Toothfish projects premium food like characteristics – a complex, yet delicate mouth feel that coats the palate appealingly, making it a pleasure to eat. It’s snow-white flesh and broad scalloping flakes display the result of perfection. The elegant balance of flavor and texture in Toothfish provide a culinary versatility rare in fish fillets. With high omega 3 content, Toothfish is well suited to a wide variety of preparations, the flesh providing a perfect canvas for any number of flavor profiles and combinations, making it well suited to a broad range of cuisines.

“At Austral Fisheries we work hard to ensure that our fishing crews are safe, that our fish is handled with care and respect and that the best science supports environmentally sustainable fishing. It is therefore with great pride that we are able to offer you a truly extraordinary culinary experience from a fish with an impeccable pedigree. This fish is like nothing else you’ve tasted, it is the ‘hero on the plate’ and it is a privilege to be able to bring it to you.”

David Carter, CEO
Austral Fisheries