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Ocean Tides – SoCal Is SoFunky

Chef – SoCal Is More Than Fish!

From some of the world’s best Red Abalone of Baja to California’s Diver Harvested Sea Urchin, and  the Pot Trapped Spot Prawns of Santa Barbara, Southern California has  a knack for showing off in the seafood world. This week we look at some of the most coveted species in our extensive line up. If you are looking for the best of unique seafood for your menu, look to the specialty offering of Southern California.

Red Abalone – “Awabi”
(Haliotis rufescens)

Baja Red Abalone is where a Clam’s salinity meets a Scallop’s sweetness. This is an effortless union of mollusks’ most desired characteristics. When purchasing live Abalone preparation is the key to bringing a very delicate finish to Red Abalone. If cleaned to the “foot”, gently tenderized, and sliced raw Abalone is an elevated item for Sushi and Crudo. Are you perfecting Sous Vide? Abalone should be your next protein. Bringing to the front the tenderness and “butter” of Abalone could be your “64 Degree Egg”.  Purchased live, meats, and tenderized steaks should make for easy discernment of what your recipe needs. Aquaculture has improved dramatically from the late eighties and early nineties. One premier example is the the Baja Red Abalone. Utilizing circulated sea water and highly oxygenated environments, the facility is an adequate filtration system for the adjacent environment. Great care is taken in the handling of the abalone to produce the highest quality Sashimi product. The Red Abalone is fed a quick growth Seaweed and subsequent food in the sea water. The Abalone are packed Live with additional oxygen to ensure the freshest delivery to our Chefs.

Sea Urchin – “Uni”
(Strongylocentrotus franciscanus )
 

Hand harvested California Urchin produce one of the most admired Uni in dining. There is no denying the allure of the buttery delicacy that is Sea Urchin. It finds itself as a favorite of those who crave the unadulterated taste of sea creatures. Its punch-to-the-mouth Pacific heft transitions to a buttery silk that finishes with a prolific sweetness. Urchin is an echinoderm with no edible equal. From California Gold Grade allowing the perfect Sushi and Crudo presentations to sauces and desserts from the Vana offering, Uni has a feasibility for any seafood approach. Purchased live or expertly processed and graded, Urchin and its Uni offer a peculiarity while anchoring the essence of seafood dining. The flavor of the Sea.

Spot Prawn – “Amaebi”  
(Pandalus platyceros
) 

Fresh Kill California Spot Prawns or “Sweet Shrimp” convey a towering representation of Amebi. Deep dwelling Spot Prawns submit abundant moisture and remarkable confection. There comes but very few crustaceans that warrant the reputation that is given to California Spot Prawns. From La Jolla to Coronado the locals know that there is no equivalent to a raw or butter sauteed tail , or a crunchy fried head from the California Spot Prawn. SeafoodS.com represents a very unique availability for California Spot Prawns. Captured and held live until ordered, our Spot Prawns are then submersed into an icy slurry that kills instantly and preserves the quality of the meat while slowing enzymatic reactions in the thorax and head. This presents the perfect Sushi ingredient and offers an ultimate protein for countless cooking or crudo techniques. Live shipping is available, but carries higher risks of mortality. California Spot Prawns are the Prawn of legend. Ask anyone who has spent time on the West Coast.

Contact SeafoodS.com to Customize Your SoCal Features

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
Ben Hollinger: 704-769-2320
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256
Brad Rosa – 704-413-3267
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Ocean Tides – California Deep Pacific

Chef – Deep Water Pacific Favorites!

San Diego’s ports harbor some of the Pacific’s most dedicated men and women of the sea. Longline Boats like F/V Kraken and F/V Anthony G offload each week with brilliant pelagic species found between the mainland and Hawaii. The brilliant winds of the Pacific often slipstream the catch into port as quickly as it is boated. Displaying the highest quality is what the San Diego fishery is highly renowned, and we have it for you the very next morning. Find the species that fits your need and it’s a call away.

Bigeye Tuna – “Bigeye”
(Thunnus obesus)

Bigeye is a deeper swimming species and, for natural reasoning, contains higher fat contents that Albacore, Yellowfin, and Skipjack Tunas. Bigeye is noted for its deep color, and softer flesh. The larger the Bigeye, the higher the fat content. Look at its scientific name. Bigeye’s fat content is right in the name. It is perfect for raw application, and caramelizes very well in high heat cooking. San Diego’s Longliners offload each week and make available some of the freshest short trip Bigeye on the market. We see typically two sizes of Bigeye in our San Diego Longline distribution. 40/60 lb fish yield “medium loins” while the 60/100+ offer us the “large loins”. Call every Monday to see what F/V Kraken is offloading.

Sickle Pomfret – “Monchong”
(Taractichthys steindachneri)
 

Monchong is a deep ocean Pomfret that offers a lightly flavored, very moist flesh. It has a stark white color when cooked and is forgiving to high heat and caramelizes well. The Monchong offers plenty of nutritional value and is a clean taste that accents many Pacific Rim, Latin, and French culinary styles. SeafoodS.com offers Monchong from the pelagic waters off the coast of California with Overnight Priority Shipping. SoCal Monchong is a testament to the quality that is California seafood. Monchong is not a targeted species, rather it is caught incidentally in fisheries targeting tuna, snapper and other species. There are also no well-defined seasonal trends in availability. The lack of consistent availability of this fish is part of what makes it so exotic and desirable.

Broadbill Swordfish – “Swordfsih”  
(Xiphias gladius
) 

Swordfish has a firm meaty texture and sweet and robust flavor which allows for a variety of applications. However, a steak cut is the most popular presentation of this fish due to the large size and compact flesh of its loins. From receiving, it lends itself to a great butchering aspect. From whole fish, to wagon wheels, to steak ready loins, this cylindrical body has a great yield. Cutting waste, cutting butcher time, cutting cost. With the firm texture of the flesh, and abundant flavor, California Swordfish is phenomenal for grilling, light smoking, and broiling. It also caramelizes nicely in a searing application. It holds up fearlessly against powerful “sets” and spices.  The California fishery is managed by National Marine Fisheries, which considers swordfish stocks in healthy condition and rates it a sustainable resource.

Contact SeafoodS.com to Customize Your SoCal Features

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
Ben Hollinger: 704-769-2320
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256
Brad Rosa: 704-413-3267


Ocean Tides – SoCal is SoHot

Chef – Baja Brings The Boom!

The Baja & Southern California fisheries are some of the most unique in the nation. With Hand Line caught species from the Pangas of Baja and the fleet of vessels that call San Diego home, SeafoodS.com relishes in the offerings of these superb seafood items.

Hand Line Fishermen of the Baja have been an intergral part of SeafoodS.com. 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. Fishermen – The Quintero Family, Ortega Cruz, Elmar King, Paisa Ocegueda

San Diego’s ports harbor some of the Pacific’s most dedicated men and women of the sea. Longline Boats like F/V Kraken and F/V Anthony G offload each week with brilliant pelagic species found between the mainland and Hawaii. The brilliant winds of the Pacific often slipstream the catch into port as quickly as it is boated. Displaying the highest quality is what the San Diego fishery is highly renowned, and we have it for you the very next morning. Find the species that fits your need and it’s a call away.

Yellowtail Jack – “Wild Hamachi”
(Seriola lalandi dorsalis)

Wild hand lined Baja Yellowtail Jack (aka Amberjack) are an intricate part of Baja fisheries. With a healthy biomass running between the open Pacific and the Gulf of California, it has long been a staple species for the Panga fishermen. Yellowtail Jack feed veraciously on a bounty of schooling “bait” fish as well as squid, and crab. The vastness of the Yellowtail Jacks’ diet translates to a rich and deep flavor profile. Natural oils provide an abundant moisture that is incredibly resistant to high heat cooking applications. The profound color of the raw flesh is a distinctive marker for identifying this species as wild. It has a deep pink to red that is unique to its varied diet. As value is perceived, this option in Yellowtail is absolute. Direct lines into San Diego from Baja allow for the price to remain low and approachable, and availability is strong for Menu-ability.

Gold Spotted Sand Bass – “Spotted Bass”
(Paralabrax auroguttatus)
 

Gold Spotted Sand Bass have a light, clean flavor with a medium flake. The fish are hand line caught about 200-500 ft. deep. the display great portion yields from 1-3 lb. fish, and we have been seeing “big” 4 lb fish this season. The skin has a light flavor and crisps nicely. The spots remain visible with gentle cooking methods, but a hard sear makes for a “bacon like” snap on skin up presentations. The firm yet delicate flesh of the Gold Spotted Sand Bass handles any application thrown its way. The fillets portion nicely and appear “fat” for their length. This allows for multiple plating designs, and the racks make a brilliant broth. Ceviche is a great application for this unique species, and a quick saute shows off the elegance of its muscle structure. It is unique as a food fish, and historically only enjoyed by the person at the other end of the line that boated it. Try a very “cool” species, with great value attached to its price point, for your late Spring menu features.

Pacific White Seabass – “California Bass”  
(Atractoscion nobilis
) 

We have touched on the flavor and texture of the Pacific White Seabass. It has the moisture of Wild Striped Bass, the clean finish of Grouper, the flavor of Redfish, and the flake of Toothfish. A brilliant flesh of paper white and a usability that crosses all culinary landscapes can be found in Pacific White Seabass. As if these we not enough, The White Seabass has a multitude of other features that is sure to make it a worthy species on your next feature or menu offering. The management of Pacific White Seabass is a true testament to proactive conservation. Not only is this species incredibly resilient to biomass depletion, they also are tightly accounted in the specific waters of our supply. Typically netted in the other fisheries, the California and Baja fisheries lean heavily on a hook and line harvest method. With a 3 month closure during spawn, the White Seabass are guaranteed a recuperative reproduction period that ensures its survival. The seasonal runs are a magnificent onslaught of an amazing food fish, and it appears that it is here to stay.

 

Contact SeafoodS.com to Customize Your SoCal Features

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
Ben Hollinger: 704-769-2320
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256
Brad Rosa: 704-413-3267


Ocean Tides – SoCal is Hot Pt 1

Chef – SoCal is Swimming in Fish!

Ah Southern California… Where the setting sun dips into the omnipotent Pacific. Warm sands and cool ocean breezes entreat the global traveler. Where nouveau cuisine comes to life while grasping tightly to the traditions of their history. Rich in Seafood, San Diego is a hub for great food and culinary talent. SeafoodS.com is over the moon to offer the Direct Distribution of some of the nation’s finest sea creatures while supporting some of the coolest fisheries of the Baja.

Hand Line Fishermen of the Baja have been an intergral part of SeafoodS.com. 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. Fishermen – The Quintero Family, Ortega Cruz, Elmar King, Paisa Ocegueda

San Diego’s ports harbor some of the Pacific’s most dedicated men and women of the sea. Longline Boats like F/V Kraken and F/V Anthony G offload each week with brilliant pelagic species found between the mainland and Hawaii. The brilliant winds of the Pacific often slipstream the catch into port as quickly as it is boated. Displaying the highest quality is what the San Diego fishery is highly renowned, and we have it for you the very next morning. Find the species that fits your need and it’s a call away.

 

California Halibut – “Right Eye”
(Paralichthys californicus)

 

California Halibut falls comfortably between Alaskan Halibut and Large Summer Flounders. That gives it a well recognized marketability to anyone across the country and beyond. The California Halibut have wide thick fillets that are perfect for high heat cooking methods. California Halibut stand alone in the Halibut realm as a light, delicate and clean flesh that works in a multitude of applications. A favorite in Ceviche, the California Halibut has the moisture content to stay creamy, but lower fat contents to keep the Ceviche clear and bright. It also has a great propensity for buttery sauces, vinaigrettes, gastrique, and broths. Give this incredible Halibut a place on the Feature Board and bring a great hand line caught species to your guests.

 

Pacific Red Snapper – “Huachinango”

(Lutjanus peru) 

 

The Red Snapper is member of the Lutjanidea or Snapper Family, which are known in English as snappers, and in Mexico as pargo and Huachinango. A highly-prized game fish, the Red Snapper is distinguished by an overall bright red or sometimes a dark pink color, predominant on the head, back, and all fins, which gradually turns into white with a silvery sheen on the lower part of the body. It has a relatively “smooth” and streamlined appearance, as compared to most other snappers, but there isn’t a comparison for the complex Pacific flavors of the Huachinango. The fierceness of the rolling ocean strengthen the Huachinango and firm the flesh with a toothsome appeal while maintaining brilliant flake and moisture. The name alone peaks the interests of diners, and its excellence seats it firmly in their menu memories to be requested again and again.

 

Cabrilla Grouper – “Various”  
(Mycteroperca rosacea
) 

 

Cabrilla fillet have a paper white flesh that is textually firmer than Atlantic Black Grouper, but just as sweet and moist. The Cabrilla Grouper go through color changes during the year. Depending on the color of the fish at capture, the common name may change. Sardinera, Golden Grouper, Leopard Grouper, Spotted Grouper all associate with the species.The Spring typically shows a transition from Leopard to Golden. Ingredient names lend a poetic flare to any menu, and Cabrilla offers the poetry with a texture, taste, and presentation that matches the allure of its name.

Contact SeafoodS.com to Customize Your SoCal Features

 

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


White Seabass Is White Hot! It Is The “Money” Fish This Week!

Pacific White Seabass – Special Edition 

White Bass3

Pacific White Seabass (Atractoscion nobilis)

We have recently touched on the flavor and texture of the Pacific White Seabass. It has the moisture of Wild Striped Bass, the clean finish of Grouper, the flavor of Redfish, and the flake of Toothfish. A brilliant flesh of paper white and a usability that crosses all culinary landscapes can be found in Pacific White Seabass. As if these we not enough, The White Seabass has a multitude of other features that is sure to make it a worthy species on your next feature or menu offering. I mean “Noble” is right in its scientific name…

Sustainability: The management of Pacific White Seabass is a true testament to proactive conservation. Not only is this species incredibly resilient to biomass depletion, they also are tightly accounted in the specific waters of our supply. Typically netted in the other fisheries, the California and Baja fisheries lean heavily on a hook and line harvest method. With a 3 month closure during spawn, the White Seabass are guaranteed a recuperative reproduction period that ensures its survival. The seasonal runs are a magnificent onslaught of an amazing food fish, and it appears that it is here to stay.

Marketability: “Seabass”! Though it isn’t a true Seabass, (well neither is Chilean), it has a well accepted and approved moniker that is sure to draw the diner’s eye to that menu item. If it didn’t hold up to “Seabass” criteria, it would simply be called Weakfish, and it just isn’t.

Cost Effectiveness: Imagine flying in the freshest Pacific White Seabass from San Diego to your location, processing it to a healthy 7 or 8 ounce portion, alerting your staff to its supple characteristics, developing flavors and cooking parameters, and then wording the Feature or Menu to inspire the guests to salivate. When business overtakes creativity and you must price it, think this… In the low $20’s you are well under 30% cost, and in the low $20’s you’ll definitely be leaving money on the table. Also, if you need that lunch portion around $15.00 menu price, this is your fish. Let your Summer profits soar with Pacific White Seabass.

A usable, profitable, marketable, and sustainable protein is waiting for you and your team. With constant offloads from daily boats, SeafoodS.com ensures the freshest Pacific White Seabass available to our customers. This is a perfect time to enjoy the appeal and profitability of Pacific White Seabass. It’s a no risk endevour. Call SeafoodS.com!


Ocean Tides Seasonal Menu Planning Guide ~ July Edition

Chef – California & The Baja Crush It In July!

California Coast & Sea of Cortez

Baja Reef
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. The month of July will feature the delicacies of the Deep Pacific rising into the California coast and the Gulf of California. Contact your sales rep today to build your ideal box.

Chapter 3: Yellowtail 

Baja Yellowtail Jack (Seriola lalandi)

Jack Yellowtail
Wild hand lined Baja Yellowtail Jack (aka Amberjack) are an intricate part of Baja fisheries. With a healthy biomass running between the open Pacific and the Gulf of California, it has long been a staple species for the Panga fishermen. Yellowtail Jack feed veraciously on a bounty of schooling “bait” fish as well as squid, and crab. The vastness of the Yellowtail Jacks’ diet translates to a rich and deep flavor profile. Natural oils provide an abundant moisture that is incredibly resistant to high heat cooking applications. The profound color of the raw flesh is a distinctive marker for identifying this species as wild. It has a deep pink to red that is unique to its varied diet. As value is perceived, this option in Yellowtail is absolute. Direct lines into San Diego from Baja allow for the price to remain low and approachable, and availability is strong for Menu-ability.

California “Sushi” Yellowtail Hamachi (Seriola lalandi dorsalis)

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California “Sushi” Yellowtail are lighter in flavor and color that their Southern cousins, but the richness of fats and oils make this a perfect opportunity to feature Hamachi crudo. The pronounced and intricate flavors of the Pacific are readily available in this species. With a brilliant balance of complex and clean, the California Yellowtail Hamachi is a highly marketable and very popular menu item. Day boat operators in the San Diego fleets bring carefully handled and incomparably fresh Yellowtail to a “hungry” domestic market. SeafoodS.com offers a direct purchasing opportunity. We can “land” this amazing option anytime the fish hits dock. If you are looking for a feature, California “Sushi” Yellowatil is the fish.

Baja Yellowtail Hiramasa (Seriola lalandi lalandi)

Jack NZ Kingfish

When your development teams discuss a stand alone Sashimi/Sushi/Crudo that embodies “High End” dining, bring to the tasting Baja Hiramasa. The firm, buttery texture and bright, mild flavor of Baja Hiramasa provides a delicious alternative to Hawaiian Kampachi and Japanese Hamachi. Thin to medium fillets with balanced fat content make Baja Yellowtail Hiramasa ideal for small plate presentations. The flavor, the richness, the usability is but a small party of the wonder of Baja Hiramasa. Its also a brilliant example of sustainable aquaculture.

Geographically located to ensure low carbon transport footprint. .

Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) diminish pollution and disease in waters.

Semi-automated feeders and feed cameras prevent overfeeding.

Feed derived from sustaiy-sourced sardines in low Fish In-Fish Out (FIFO) ratio.

No use of antibiotics, hormones, paraciticides.

We offer Yellowatil for any menu. Allow us to test them all in your features.

Build A Box:

Available to include in your Shipment!

Contact SeafoodS.com to Build your optimal Box.

Chris Nelson

Clint Dowell

Josh Adams

Josh Bogen

Karen Harmon

Mike Casagrande

Patrick Lowder


Chef – California & The Baja Crush It In July!

California Coast & Sea of Cortez

Baja Reef

Chapter 2: “White” Fish

White Seabass (Atractoscion nobilis)

White Bass3

Pacific White Seabass is an inspirational, seasonal rock star! The season opens fully this week with plenty of stellar fish now coming from the Baja and into Southern California a bit later. The White Seabass is a sustainability success story who’s management models are now mimicked by many fisheries. With a terrific return of biomass and an outstanding taste, texture and visual appeal, the White Seabass certainly is deserving of its place on inventive and indulgent menus around Southern California. When menu development teams search for species with light yet boastful flavors, the White Seabass fills the niche. It offers a large, loose flake that is brimming with moisture. The cooked flesh displays an admirable stark white that is an impeccable centerpiece for the brilliant ingredient colors of Summer. Now is the time to order Pacific White Seabass. The catch numbers are lofty. Great runs are expected this entire week, and SeasoodS.com has a direct opportunity for the concentration of offloads. If you need a budget crusher to finish the 2nd and begin the 3rd quarters, White Seabass should be on your menu and feature boards. Sophistication with an impressive value…

California Halibut/Flounder (Paralichthys californicus)

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California Halibut is a prized monster “Flounder” that truly brings the best of Flatfish to the SoCal seafood scene. Large “Barn Door” beasts make statements while maintaining a very light and clean flavor profile. A host of cooking methods ensure a perfect flake with ample moisture. Whether you are looking for a traditional dish or pushing the limits of eclecticism, Cali Hali can be introduced with ease. It also opens up to the demure seafood diners who use the word “fishy”. While we think that word is profane, it is used by diners from time to time. This can be addressed with a resounding “No”. This is an incredibly mild and sweet fish that transcends the hesitations of the timid. The season is open, and we have your Flatfish.

Baya Grouper (Mycteroperca jordani)

Grouper Baya2

Baya, meaning Gulf, are the explication of “Big Grouper”. Market sized at “30 up”, the Baya Grouper offer that “baseball” cut that screams “Steakhouse”, while providing the sweetness and flake that makes Grouper so popular. This species offer the brilliance of white translucence and a stunning, yet slim, bloodline. The attractive Baya Grouper offers not only a phenomenal dining experience, but also a great harvest origin story. Baya Grouper, and other offerings are caught utilizing a fishing technique called hand-lining. Baja Peninsula fishermen have perfected this centuries old style and load their Pangas with the most prized species in the Pacific and Gulf of California. This is a tale of family, village, and heritage. This is a species that truly relates the guests to a fantastic dining experience as well as a historical fishery. Daily trucks reach the docks and transport the haul directly to San Diego for overnight shipping. Freshness and quality are paramount to the fishermen as well as SeafoodS.com. It is our privilege to support this fishery. For a fantastic Grouper, try Baya in your next feature.