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Ocean Tides – Spiny Lobster

Chef – Florida Spiny Lobster Season is Here.

Saturday kicked off the 2016 Florida Spiny Lobster Season. The Season will run for eight months with bountiful projections. SeafoodS.com is positioned to acquire Lobsters from various Florida coastal locations to secure the best available for our customers. With Priority Overnight shipping, we guarantee a direct source and incomparable quality. See why Spiny Lobster is so often celebrated in restaurants across coastal southern states.

Spiny Lobster

(Panulirus argus)

Commonly referred to as the Florida spiny lobster, the Caribbean spiny lobster inhabits tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico. Spiny lobsters get their name from the forward-pointing spines that cover their bodies to help protect them from predators. They vary in color from almost white to dark red-orange. The spiny lobster is a highly sought delicacy and brings recreational “hunters” from all over the country and beyond to seek this intriguing species. The tail of the spiny lobster offers succulence and sweetness while maintaining a clean flavor and unmistakable texture. It adapts to a multitude of cooking methods and recipes. From steam, court-bullion, and butter poaching to the open flames of the grill, the spiny lobster meets each technique with the same remarkable end… DELICIOUSNESS.

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Spiny lobster is a highly marketable and renowned seafood item. The possible challenges of “introducing” a seafood item or ingredient to your guests are not present with this acclaimed favorite. Offering a historic coastal specialty in many national markets is what makes SeafoodS.com so pleased with our, direct from Florida, spiny lobster program. Contact us for your specialized spiny lobster menu option, and allow us to assist in “building” a perfect Florida box.

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
Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265
Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256
Brad Rosa – 704-413-3267


Ocean Tides Seasonal Menu Planning Guide ~ June Edition

florida-beach

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. Now that summer is in full swing, June is the ideal month to feature species from Florida, the South Atlantic, and the Gulf of Mexico. Our direct programs will bring the outstanding culinary experience of the Florida Coast directly to your restaurant, menu, team, and guests. Get fired up because this week we will feature Florida Game Fish! Contact your sales rep today to build your ideal box.

Chapter 2: Game Fish

Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares)

Tuna Yellowfin

THE FISHERY – SeafoodS.com is now providing Global Tuna through one singular grading facility. Florida Direct Tuna allows SeafoodS.com to actively source Tuna in high production areas of the Gulf and South America while other Fisheries are dormant. The benefit of the Florida Direct Program is the attention in Grading. Historically Tuna Grading has had blurred guidelines; Florida Direct brings impeccable quality into laser focus. In keeping with SeafoodS.com’s dedication to quality, Florida Direct Tuna stands tall in our line-up of remarkable seafood, meat, and specialty products.

THE FISH – The yellowfin tuna is among the larger tuna species, reaching weights of over 400 pounds. The Yellowfin is a revered ocean predators, feeding on lean fish. This lends a rich but clean flavor that works wonderfully in raw and rare applications.

Dolphin Fish “Mahimahi” (Coryphaena hippurus)

Mahi Swimming

THE FISHERY – Direct Florida Distribution allows SeafoodS.com to supply the country and Caribbean with the freshest Southern Atlantic Species. Overnight opportunities can bring South Beach to your Guests.

THE FISH – One of the Most Recognized species in food-fish. The Mahi has a long history of gracing many menus all over the world. This is one of the most versatile culinary components in the kitchen. Mahi has an innate ability to hold moisture in high heat cooking methods, stand up to bold flavors, and yield to subtle techniques. Blacken with “Big” Sets or Sous Vide with Simple Light Aromatics, this fish is a “One size fits all” species.

Broil, Poach, Sear, Grill, Smoke, BBQ, Blacken, Char, Ceviche…etc

Broadbill Swordfish (Xiphias gladius)

Swordfish Underwater

THE FISHERY – Ask any fish monger about procuring Gulf species and he’ll mention St. Petersburg, Florida (“St. Pete” for short). Vast varieties of finfish ranging from tuna and swordfish to groupers and snappers are distributed through this historically-rich region of the Florida coastline. Expect to also see a robust selection of Keys-caught species like yellowtail snapper, Caribbean Red Snapper and Hogfish to come through St. Pete. It’s regionally situated in a perfect location for national distribution and with our Q&A in place, it’s always top quality.

THE FISH – 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, Broadbill 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.

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


Ocean Tides Seasonal Menu Planning Guide ~ June Edition

Chef – June is for Florida Fish!

Southern Atlantic & The Gulf of Mexico

Florida Keys
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. Now that summer is in full swing, June is the ideal month to feature species from Florida, the South Atlantic, and the Gulf of Mexico. Our direct programs will bring the outstanding culinary experience of the Florida Coast directly to your restaurant, menu, team, and guests. Get fired up because this week we will feature Florida Snappers! Contact your sales rep today to build your ideal box.

American Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus)

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Simply put, this is the Premier Snapper available in fine dining! American Red Snapper is lean and moist with a mild, distinctly sweet flavor and exquisite texture. The semi-firm meat is pinkish with off-white tones when raw and turns paper white when cooked. We offer American Red Snapper in many sizes including 2-4 for the perfect portion fillet or 6up for a thick, showstopper fillet presentation. Culinary applications are diverse – pan saute, grill, broil, and ceviche.

Yellowtail Snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus)

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Yellowtail Snapper is the sweetest snapper in all of the Snapper family and at 1-2lbs each, yellowtail is perfect for a mind-blowing whole fish presentation! The skin is marked with vivid hues of blue, green, and pink with a distinct yellow stripe down the side of the body. It’s diet consists of shrimp and crab which highlight its unique flavor profile. Yellowtail Snapper is highly prized for its light, flakey meat, and is widely regarded as one of the best snappers available.

Lane Snapper (Lutjanus synagris)

Snapper Lane
Lane Snapper is considered the best “value” snapper of the family. Lanes are slightly less firm and slightly less sweet than their American Red and Yellowtail cousins, but are not bland by any means and still offer many versatile culinary applications. Delicate, citrus based sauces are recommended to highlight it’s mild flavor profile. Average size varies from 2-4 and 4-6lbs each. When purchasing whole fish, don’t forget to save the bones to make a very fine fish stock!
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


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.


Seasonal Alert: St. Marks, FL Stone Crab Claws October 15th

Stone Crab Claws - Fresh, Ready To Steam

Stone Crab Claws – Fresh, Ready To Steam

Seasonal Alert October 15th

Florida Stone Crab Opens

 Just south of Tallahassee, in the heart of Florida’s “Big Bend” region, is the port city of St. Marks, Florida. This is the water side home of Richard, Andy, and Johnny Lynn. They are brothers from a family that has fished the Apalachee Bay and Gulf of Mexico for six generations. They each captain a boat in the family’s five boat fleet. The most notable of their efforts is the renowned claw of the Florida Stone Crab. The Apalachee claws are meticulously harvested, brought to dock, steamed, and chilled to provide the highest quality Stone Crab Claw available in the market today. After chilling, they are packed and shipped nationally by SeafoodS.com within just a few hours.

SeafoodS.com will once again be positioned as the #1 direct shipping avenue for the Apalachee Stone Crab Claw nationally. Our relationship with this program is more than just distribution – it is rooted and honored in the efforts of Richard, Andy, and Johnny by providing their earnestly gained livelihood to the best Chefs in the United States. We ship priority overnight direct from the Lynn Family dock in St. Marks. There is no faster turn around in Florida Stone Crab distribution, and we want to be your #1 supplier.

Mark your calendars – 6,000-7,000 traps will hit the Apalachee Bay on October 15th! SeafoodS.com invites you to reach out to our expert staff to secure this program for you and your guests!