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Ocean Tides – Mother’s Day Edition

Chef – Make a Special Day for a Special Lady!

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Veterans to the F&B Industry typically celebrate Monday with Mom. It is historically one of the two busiest Sundays of the year. Whether you are planning for a la carte brunch and dinner, or you’ve crafted the finest banquet in town, SeafoodS.com wants to assist. We look forward each year to facilitate the needs of our customers and carefully select and offer the perfect products for your Mother’s Day successes.  Many of us at SeafoodS.com have navigated menu planning, careful scheduling, flower procurement, long prep lists, booth naps, storage “Tetris”, and multi-day shifts in preparation of a celebration. A celebration of Mom. It is daunting, but satisfying. It’s the joy of treating someone’s mother, (rarely our own), to a lavish Sunday. After all, they’ve done so much.  We want to assist. We can combine many of your order guides into one easy step. Call SeafoodS.com. Our team of experts can source the finest products that you may need. It clears your desk and gets you back in the trenches.

Creative Fresh Fish

Specialty Shellfish

Gourmet Meats

Sustainable Caviar

Call for Selection and Pricing

Contact Team SeafoodS to Customize Your Mother’s Day

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
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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


Valentine’s Day 2014 Menu Planning

Valentine's Day 2014 Menu Planning

Valentine’s Day 2014 Menu Planning

Timing is Key

While Valentine’s Day is a month away (Friday February 14, 2014), the time for menu planning is here. SeafoodS.com wants to make this the easiest procurement, with phenomenal product and service. While you look to the “Two-Top Bombardment”, we look to assist in the “Wow” of your menu. SeafoodS.com has the products to do just that!

Some products bring about “Free Marketing” thanks to Facebook, Instagram, and other Social platforms. Imagine the “Water Cooler” discussions about the “largest Shrimp ever seen”, or “the most tender Wagyu Beef”.

Here are a few “Show Stoppers” that we carry. We hope that it assists in your menu planning.


Sustainable Caviar by SeafoodS.com

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Sustainable Caviar by SeafoodS.com

Remember the days of simple caviar? The best caviar came from the Caspian Sea – no question. There were three sizes and only a handful of grades- Osetra, Sevruga, and Beluga. Russian was great, and Iranian was the best. Need an inexpensive banquet or garnish option? Buy Paddlefish or Hackleback. Done… That was it! Other than trusting your caviar connection and bringing your wallet, it was all plain and simple. Over the past 5 years, the caviar world has changed completely, but that is not a bad thing! Caviar today is excellent, accessible, sustainable, and best of all, AFFORDABLE!! It’s complicated… but have no fear. Here are a few of SeafoodS.com’s quick and easy guidelines to purchasing the world’s finest caviar without any headaches. We are here to be your trusted advisor!

1)      Most Caviar Today Is Farmed – It’s OK. Today’s farms are state-of-the-art. Sustainability practices use incredible attention to detail and each year’s production carries its own special flavor profile. Each individual harvest is hand-graded to exact specifications.
2)      Know The Species – Caviar’s branded labeling today can be confusing. Read the label. Which species is it? There are only a few. Keep in mind, all imports from Russia and Iran have been banned here in the US. Be wary of any label with the word “Caspian” on it. The same goes for wild Chinese imports…
3)      TraceabilityEvery importer is required by Federal Law to have a CITES Permit to guarantee species, A “Certificate of Origin” that guarantees where the caviar was harvested, and a “Labeling Report” that shows the harvest date. You should be able to trace the container of caviar you have by a “lot number” which refers back to the supplier’s legal documentation. This is also required by the FDA in case of any food related contamination or recall.
4)      Understand Caviar Aging – Much of the domestic caviar produced is best eaten fresh and is only properly enjoyed in the first few weeks of harvest. Most imported caviar species benefit greatly from aging and can be aged for up to a year. All caviar must have a “Best Consumed By” date as would any perishable fresh fish or packaged food.
5)      Caviar Options Change From Year To Year – Have a favorite year of wine from a specific vineyard? Caviar today is much the same. This year your best gueldenstaedtti may come from an Italian farm and may be most notable when properly aged for 7 months. Next year, the same species may be completely different.

Here’s the bottom line- It is important to trust your caviar partner. Your partner controls the accuracy of your label, checks that the aging techniques employed are appropriately managed, and tastes each year’s production to determine the season’s top picks. At the end of the day, your caviar partner will help guide you through this purchase. Let a few of our ideas here at SeafoodS.com ease your mind when selecting your caviar purchase this season.
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