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Ocean Tides – New England Shellfish

Chef – New England Shellfish Makes Midsummer Shine.

August is here and we look to the Shellfish of New England. The bivalves and crab of the North Atlantic bring a Summer flare to your fare. This week we focus on Mussels, Clams, and Crab. Contact your sales rep today to build your ideal box of New England’s premium Shellfish.

Atlantic Blue Mussels 

(Mytilus edulis)

Atlantic Mussels are survivalists. They are some of the heartiest bivalves in nature, and cannon ball driver for any menu. Summer is a great time to bring mussels to your guests. With broad culinary abilities, the Mussel can easily find its place in a light brunch salad or a hearty dinner entree. Mussels are unique to their environment. Like Oysters they mirror the flavor complexity of the waters that they inhabit. SeafoodS.com has a unique ability to source the correct Mussel for your applications. We’ll take a look at the growing methods, locations and sizes of our premium availability.

Restaurant Ready

Location: Rhode Island

Growing System: Bottom Grown – Trays placed on the sea floor.

Sizes: Whitewater Mussels (2.5″ – 16/20 ct), Big One (3″ – 10/15 ct), Cape Cod Bay (3.5″ to 4″ – 12 ct)

This program allows a collective group of Rhode Island growers to produce their Mussels, and distribute their product with the highest quality and care. At the harvest’s beginning, the Mussels are transported from their respective locations to a state-of-the-art production facility. First the Mussels are put into a custom designed seawater system. This unique design pumps the cool, sterilized seawater of Narragansett Bay over the shellfish allowing the bivalves to filter out sand and grit in a controlled all-natural environment. The seawater system is monitored on a daily basis. Next, the mussels go through a preparation line that includes multiple wash points, intricate inspections, a debysser (to cut the “beards”) and a meticulous grading process.

Moules

Location: Rhode Island

Growing System:  Longline – Trays suspended in water from horizontal lines.

Size: Moules (1.5″ – 30/35 ct)

Located off Aquidneck Island in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay Rhode Island, Moules are the “Taste of the Ocean State”. The growing process and the unlimited food supply allows for a flavor that is wonderfully sweet with a slight hint of Narragansett Bay salinity.  The clean blue shells have waves of gold radiating throughout and boast a pristine shine. This petite Mussel is perfect for Moules-Frites, and other recipes that call for a smaller yet incredibly plump Mussel. Moules have a massive meat to shell ratio that is sure to satisfy your guests.

Bouchot

Location: Maine

Growing System: Pole or Post – Mounted to rope and hung from stationary posts.

Size: Bouchot (2″ to 3″)

Maine has some of the coldest waters in the USA. The powerful tidal change of the Gulf of Maine bring the vast sea to the Mussels. Bouchot growing styles produce a near perfect shell with abundant meat. The surge of nutrients to their fixed position bring a wealth of vegel nourishment to the Mussels. The strong current also disallows predators the ease of damaging the stock. Cold, crisp Maine waters also provide richness in the “fat” of the Mussels. It provides protection from extreme temperatures for the Mussel and a creamy finish to the diner.

Clams

(Various)

Clams are as popular as they have ever been among  restaurant  guests. The production of Calms has risen significantly over the past 3 decades and they have become  wildly  popular with a new generation of seafood diners.  Their traditional preparations have led to innovative recipes and techniques from the most celebrated chefs in the world. SeafoodS.com has a long reach in procuring Clams. The immediate shipping of our clams ensure the longest shelf life possible. Let’s look at a few New England Direct offerings.

 

Quahog Clam ( Mercenaria mercenaria )

The hard-shell clams found on the East Coast (where they’re also called by the Indian name quahog) come in specific sizes.

 

Littleneck Clams – aka “Nex”

Size: 2″ Shell – 9/ 12 ct

Middleneck Clams – aka “Middles”

Size: 2.5″ Shell – 7/9 ct

Topneck Clams – aka “Tops”

Size: 3″ Shell – 4/6 ct

Cherrystone Clams – aka “Cherries”

Size: 3.5″ Shell 3/4 ct

Chowder Clams – aka “Chowders”

Size: 4′ to 5′ Shell – 1/2 ct

 

Razor Clam (Ensis arcuatus, Ensis directus)

Razor Clams are hand dug during specific tidal conditions. Harvested during a “Super” Moon and very low tides. This allows short exciting bursts of availability. Long Slender “Straight Razor” shaped with beautiful greens, browns, and cream colors throughout the shell. The fringe of the meat has a purple hue and the foot is an attractive cream color. The Razor Clam is perfect from Sashimi to Saute.

Cockles (Austrovenus stutchburyi)

Boston Harbor is a magnificent hub for Cockles. The shell is solid and rotund, sculptured with numerous strong rounded radial ribs. The meats are large and succulent, with a fresh briny flavor that works with dishes from the Mediterranean to the Orient. Prepare as you would domestic Littleneck clams, purging in salt water and cooking just until they open.

New England Crab

(Various)

New England Crab are relatively “new” to a centuries old culinary history. Typically crab were caught as bycatch in the New England Lobster industry. The invasions of Rock Crab, aka “Peekytoe”, and Jonah Crab onto the Lobster Pots was a nuisance to the Lobstermen. Stealing bait  and filling up the traps before the Lobsters had time to enter proved to be a challenge. The fates of both Crab were realized when brilliant marketing and innovative usage re-branded these species as viable and delicious seafood offerings. From Daniel to The French Laundry, this once “trash” is now “treasure”.

Rock Crab Peekytoe” (Cancer irroratus)

The market name was taken from local slang. Peekytoe! The Peekytoe is primarily “All Leg Meat”. The legs of the Rock Crab have a wonderful complex flavor that can be utilized in endless applications. Fully steamed Peekytoe meat is sweet and firm with a subtle finish. Peekytoe is a perfect “ready to use” product for countless recipes. Our Peekytoe availability is a Trap-To-Table distribution that guarantees the freshest crab.

Jonah Crab (Cancer borealis)

Beginning in the 1970’s, Jonah Crab have found a steady rise in Culinary need. The Jonahs are pot trap caught in the Gulf of Maine and are predominant in the Western Atlantic and almost specific to the United States. Similar to Pacific Dungeness, the Jonah Claw has found roots in some of the highest quality Seafood Restaurants in New England. Jonah Crab are steamed upon catch and broken down into several portioned options. We carry various Jonah Crab products and offer them daily. The meat is a sweet and complex crab flavor that offers a multitude of cooking applications. From Raw Bar to hearty Bisques, the Jonah fits any need. Call SeafoodS.com to find your specific Jonah Crab product.

Contact SeafoodS.com for your New England Shellfish Options

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 – 3 Weeks Till Valentine’s Day

Chef – Red Shellfish. Peel the Love!

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Valentine’s day is 3 weeks away. For the next few 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.

Royal Red Shrimp (Pleoticus robustus)

Royal Reds are a deep fathom species that are relatively new to the National Market. The sheer depth has kept the Shrimpers from exploiting the species. They have been celebrated in the local markets for a bit longer and could be regarded a “Best Kept Secret”. The Royal Red Shrimp have the “Snap” of White Shrimp with a creamier and sweeter finish. The best culinary applications call for moderate heat and monitored cook times. The Royal Red Shrimp need no masking ingredients, but accept complimentary herbs and light spice. Small Lobster is a very accurate description of the Royal Red Shrimp’s profile.

Red & White Crawfish (Procambarus clarkii, zonangulus) 

Crawfish are freshwater crustaceans. Louisiana has more than 30 different species of crawfish, but only two species are commercially important to the industry; the red swamp crawfish (clarkii) and the white river crawfish (zonangulus). The red crawfish vastly outnumber the white crawfish in state-wide production. Occasionally both species are mixed in the same catch.

Red crawfish dominate most farms, especially in south Louisiana and in most places in the Atchafalaya Basin. White crawfish are slightly more plentiful on north Louisiana farms and in Mississippi River overflow swamps.
Most crawfish are harvested between December and June, but March, April and May are the peak months in Louisiana. On rare occasions, crawfish may be harvested in July and August in the state.
Spanish Carabineros (Plesiopenaeus edwardsianus)

Caribeneros are a deep water species inhabiting the extreme depths of the pristine Mediterranean Sea. Shrimp fleets of Spain net these phenomenal robust creatures and immediately grade, size and freeze to return to Mercado de Madrid for local sales as well as direct export to Miami. SeafoodS.com places huge regard for the items handled by our importer, and Carabineros rank at the top of quality Spanish shellfish.
SeafoodS.com offers these spectacular Red Shrimp with profitability and amazement in mind. Spanish Carabineros offer both. Not your average Shrimp… U3 & U5 available.
Chocolate Blood Clams (Megapitaria squalida)

Enjoyed by notable chefs including Richard Blais, Rick Bayless and Roberto Cardazzo, chocolate clams or almejas chocolatas are often referred to as “Baja’s seafood candy”. Named for the uniform brown color of its shell rather than any chocolate flavor, the meaty Mexican chocolate clam is one of the largest West Coast bivalves, reaching up to six inches across. Chocolate clams are harvested in and around in Mexico in all coastal lagoons from Magdalena Bay south along the Pacific side of Baja, throughout the Sea of Cortez, and along the coast of the mainland to Guatemala where they colonize in sandy bottoms in very large, dense populations.

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 – New England Shellfish

Chef – New England Shellfish Makes Midsummer Shine.   

 August Menu Plan.

Crab Rock
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.

August is here and we look to the Shellfish of New England. The bivalves and crab of the North Atlantic bring a Summer flare to your fare. This week we focus on Mussels, Clams, and Crab. Contact your sales rep today to build your ideal box.

Chapter 3: Shellfish

Atlantic Blue Mussels  (Mytilus edulis)

Mussels2

Atlantic Mussels are survivalists. They are some of the heartiest bivalves in nature, and cannon ball driver for any menu. Summer is a great time to bring mussels to your guests. With broad culinary abilities, the Mussel can easily find its place in a light brunch salad or a hearty dinner entree. Mussels are unique to their environment. Like Oysters they mirror the flavor complexity of the waters that they inhabit. SeafoodS.com has a unique ability to source the correct Mussel for your applications. We’ll take a look at the growing methods, locations and sizes of our premium availability.

Restaurant Ready

Location: Rhode Island

Growing System: Bottom Grown – Trays placed on the sea floor.

Sizes: Whitewater Mussels (2.5″ – 16/20 ct), Big One (3″ – 10/15 ct), Cape Cod Bay (3.5″ to 4″ – 12 ct)

This program allows a collective group of Rhode Island growers to produce their Mussels, and distribute their product with the highest quality and care. At the harvest’s beginning, the Mussels are transported from their respective locations to a state-of-the-art production facility. First the Mussels are put into a custom designed seawater system. This unique design pumps the cool, sterilized seawater of Narragansett Bay over the shellfish allowing the bivalves to filter out sand and grit in a controlled all-natural environment. The seawater system is monitored on a daily basis. Next, the mussels go through a preparation line that includes multiple wash points, intricate inspections, a debysser (to cut the “beards”) and a meticulous grading process.

Moules

Location: Rhode Island

Growing System:  Longline – Trays suspended in water from horizontal lines.

Size: Moules (1.5″ – 30/35 ct)

Located off Aquidneck Island in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay Rhode Island, Moules are the “Taste of the Ocean State”. The growing process and the unlimited food supply allows for a flavor that is wonderfully sweet with a slight hint of Narragansett Bay salinity.  The clean blue shells have waves of gold radiating throughout and boast a pristine shine. This petite Mussel is perfect for Moules-Frites, and other recipes that call for a smaller yet incredibly plump Mussel. Moules have a massive meat to shell ratio that is sure to satisfy your guests.

Bouchot

Location: Maine

Growing System: Pole or Post – Mounted to rope and hung from stationary posts.

Size: Bouchot (2″ to 3″)

Maine has some of the coldest waters in the USA. The powerful tidal change of the Gulf of Maine bring the vast sea to the Mussels. Bouchot growing styles produce a near perfect shell with abundant meat. The surge of nutrients to their fixed position brings a wealth of vegetal nourishment to the Mussels. The strong current also disallows predators the ease of damaging the stock. Cold, crisp Maine waters also provide richness in the “fat” of the Mussels. It provides protection from extreme temperatures for the Mussel and a creamy finish to the diner.

Clams

Clam, Hard Shell

Clams are as popular as they have ever been among  restaurant  guests. The production of Clams has risen significantly over the past 3 decades and they have become  wildly  popular with a new generation of seafood diners. Their traditional preparations have led to innovative recipes and techniques from the most celebrated chefs in the world. SeafoodS.com has a long reach in procuring Clams. The immediate shipping of our clams ensure the longest shelf life possible. Let’s look at a few New England Direct offerings.

Quahog Clam ( Mercenaria mercenaria )

The hard-shell clams found on the East Coast (where they’re also called by the Indian name quahog) come in specific sizes.

Littleneck Clams – aka “Nex”

Size: 2″ Shell – 9/ 12 ct

Middleneck Clams – aka “Middles”

Size: 2.5″ Shell – 7/9 ct

Topneck Clams – aka “Tops”

Size: 3″ Shell – 4/6 ct

Cherrystone Clams – aka “Cherries”

Size: 3.5″ Shell 3/4 ct

Chowder Clams – aka “Chowders”

Size: 4′ to 5′ Shell – 1/2 ct

Razor Clam (Ensis arcuatus, Ensis directus)

Razor Clams are hand dug during specific tidal conditions. Harvested during a “Super” Moon and very low tides. This allows short exciting bursts of availability. Long Slender “Straight Razor” shaped with beautiful greens, browns, and cream colors throughout the shell. The fringe of the meat has a purple hue and the foot is an attractive cream color. The Razor Clam is perfect from Sashimi to Saute.

Cockles (Austrovenus stutchburyi)

Boston Harbor is a magnificent hub for Cockles. The shell is solid and rotund, sculptured with numerous strong rounded radial ribs. The meats are large and succulent, with a fresh briny flavor that works with dishes from the Mediterranean to the Orient. Prepare as you would domestic Littleneck clams, purging in salt water and cooking just until they open.

New England Crab 

Crab, Jonah Claws

New England Crab are relatively “new” to a centuries old culinary history. Typically crab were caught as bycatch in the New England Lobster industry. The invasions of Rock Crab, aka “Peekytoe”, and Jonah Crab onto the Lobster Pots was a nuisance to the Lobstermen. Stealing bait  and filling up the traps before the Lobsters had time to enter proved to be a challenge. The fates of both Crab were realized when brilliant marketing and innovative usage re-branded these species as viable and delicious seafood offerings. From Daniel to The French Laundry, this once “trash” is now “treasure”.

Rock Crab “Peekytoe” (Cancer irroratus)

The market name was taken from local slang. Peekytoe! The Peekytoe is primarily “All Leg Meat”. The legs of the Rock Crab have a wonderful complex flavor that can be utilized in endless applications. Fully steamed Peekytoe meat is sweet and firm with a subtle finish. Peekytoe is a perfect “ready to use” product for countless recipes. Our Peekytoe availability is a Trap-To-Table distribution that guarantees the freshest crab.

Jonah Crab (Cancer borealis)

Beginning in the 1970’s, Jonah Crab have found a steady rise in Culinary need. The Jonahs are pot trap caught in the Gulf of Maine and are predominant in the Western Atlantic and almost specific to the United States. Similar to Pacific Dungeness, the Jonah Claw has found roots in some of the highest quality Seafood Restaurants in New England. Jonah Crab are steamed upon catch and broken down into several portioned options. We carry various Jonah Crab products and offer them daily. The meat is a sweet and complex crab flavor that offers a multitude of cooking applications. From Raw Bar to hearty Bisques, the Jonah fits any need. Call SeafoodS.com to find your specific Jonah Crab product.

Build A Box:

Available to include in your Shipment!

Contact SeafoodS.com to Build your optimal Box.

Josh Adams : 704-769-2260

Josh Bogen: 704-769-2261

Mike Casagrande: 704-769-2263

Clint Dowell: 704-769-2258

Karen Harmon:  704-769-2262

Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265

Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256


Chef Spotlight: Skate Wing at Hannah’s Off The Square

Skate Wing With Brown Butter and Capers - Clams, Fresh Seasonal Vegetables

Skate Wing With Brown Butter and Capers – Clams, Fresh Seasonal Vegetables

Acclaimed Chef Sheena Croft of Hannah’s Off The Square (facebook) in Denton, TX loves her day-boat fresh New Bedford Skate Wing sourced fresh from SeafoodS.com! She currently has this dish listed as a Chef’s Favorite on her menu and that praise is well deserved – just look at it!

“Our customers comment often on our dishes, and we tell them where the goods are from! With help from your awesome staff, supply, and service I was recently named in the Best Chefs of America 2013! I truly believe that if you use the best ingredients available, a chef needs to do very little to make a dish really stand out. SeafoodS.com has done that for me! So, Thank YOU!”

We are humbled and flattered by Chef Sheena’s belief in SeafoodS.com and the products we source. Chef Sheena – THANK YOU for allowing us to service your needs, and we look forward to assisting you with your unique, delicious, and inspirational dishes in the future!