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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.

 

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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 – New England Oysters

Chef – New England Oysters   

 August Pearls

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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. This week we take on a vast and varied market; the Northeast Oyster. We’ll focus on the famed production locations of Canada, Maine, and Massachusetts. When you find a perfect Oyster Line Up, please contact your sales rep today to build your ideal box.

Chapter 5: Oysters

Eastern Oysters  (Crassostrea virginica)

August has no “R”. That’s okay. The rule of “R” was created before the invention of mechanical refrigeration. It made very little sense to spend more for the ice to keep the Oysters cold than the Oysters themselves. With modern systems in place, it is safe to serve oysters year-round.

Eastern Oysters of New England and Canada are as varied as the waters that they inhabit. Oysters are a unique seafood in that they possess the flavors, brine and qualities of the environment in which they are grown. The majority of New England and Canadian Oysters are farmed with the exception of a very few wild harvests. The Oysters are typically named for the beach, bay, river, sound, island, or town from which they are raised. Each with its specific signature in size, taste, shell, and shape, the Eastern Oyster can take your guests on a terrific journey up and down the New England Coast. SeafoodS.com is fortunate to offer one of the largest variety and availability in Oysters. Our Overnight Shipping allows our customers the opportunity to serve Oysters with no geographic limitations. Though we offer nearly 100 varieties from around the world, we look this week to the briny shores of New England and neighboring Canada.

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Canadian Oysters

Canadian Oysters are prized for the deep cup and typically small width. Covering the areas of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, the availability is immense. The intense brine of a Canadian Oyster is unmistakable. Here are some of Canada’s most marketable Oysters.
Malpaque – Prince Edward Island:
Grown in Malpaque Bay, these Oysters are true “Boutique”. A relatively small Oyster with a deep cup. Big brine with a significant “crunch” and a sweet clean finish.
Fancy Sweet Carraquette – New Brunswick:
Fancy Sweet is the smallest Carraquette oyster on the market place. Highly mineralized water often gives the meat a dark color but contributes to its uniqueness and fresh flavor. A “sweet” oyster by smell and equally “sweet” by taste.
Malagash – Nova Scotia:
These medium standard oysters are grown in the Malagash Basin on the north shore of Nova Scotia. In spite of the extreme northern location, growing conditions and results in these cold North Atlantic waters are terrific for this unique 3 to 3 ½ inch oyster. Malagash oysters have a mildly salty flavor with a slightly smoky, mineral finish.

Maine Oysters

Maine Oysters have the benefit of an incredibly mineral rich waterfront. Maine oysters grow slowly. While southern oysters can reach market size in a year or less, a Maine oyster needs three years minimum. A four-year-old, cold-water Maine oyster has a glorious depth of texture and flavor.
Black Bear Points – Bagaduce River:
These 3+ inch medium cup oysters are mild with a clean finish and a sun bleached shell. They are surface grown on the Bagaduce River just north of Bear Head by the growers of the Little Island Oyster. Tended by hand, the only machinery used in the raising of this oyster is a solar-powered grader/tumbler.
Pemaquid – Damariscotta River:
Grown in the deep holes of the Damariscotta River, the Pemaquid have a light and lemony flavor. Growing very large, up to 5 inches, the Pemaquid only gets more interesting as they grow.
Belon ( Ostrea edulis) North American Flats – Boothbay Harbor:
A minuscule 5,000 Belon a year are pulled in Maine and sold, making them one of the rarest oysters in the world. Rowan Jacobsen states, “these wild oysters are as powerful as any on the planet, redolent of fish and zinc and umami-not for the faint of heart.”

Massachusetts Oysters

Massachusetts Oysters rival any on the planet. The abundant salinity of its shores offer a brine and “pickle-like liveliness” that make the Massachusetts Oyster industry one of the nations most revered. Massachusetts is inherently proud of a long and rich history of Oyster production. Some harvest locations have been producing Oysters for over two centuries
Wellfleet – Wellfleet Estuary:
These 3 to 3 ½ inch oysters have always been enjoyed extensively throughout Cape Cod. Wellfleets resemble Malpeques in their light body and clean finish, but they are even saltier. A varied assortment of growing and farming methods develop an especially plump and hearty New England oyster with consistent size and shape.
Cotuit – Cotuit Bay:
A Cotuit Oyster is well-known and demanded by oyster enthusiasts in many parts of the world for its naturally briny, Cape Cod flavors and perfectly, palatable half shell size. Dating back to 1857, The Cotuit Oyster Company produces one of the oldest brand name oysters in the United States. This is the only shellfish farm operating in Cotuit Bay and is currently utilizing over 33 acres of perfect oyster growing waters. There are a number of fresh water streams, marshes and estuaries that combine with clean water from Nantucket Sound and enter Cotuit Bay through the Wianno Cut and Cotuit Channel. This is the key to providing the oysters a rich and diverse food supply.
Warren Cove – White’s Flat:
Some of the best oysters in the world grow in the unique confluence of Plymouth, Kingston, and Duxbury Bays. The result is an unimaginably refreshing oyster. Warren Cove has everything that make Massachusetts world-famous for Oyster production.

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Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265

Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256

 


Ocean Tides – New England Sea Scallops

Chef – New England Sea Scallops Sweeten Summer.   

 August Menu Plan.

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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. This week we delve into the gauntlet of Sea Scallops. “Gauntlet” refers to the vast availability of Sea Scallops in today’s markets. They have different size and specifications, processing treatments, harvest methods, and distribution avenues. When you encounter your ideal Sea Scallop within this piece, please contact your sales rep today to build your ideal box.

Chapter 4: Sea Scallops

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Atlantic Sea Scallop  (Placopecten magellanicus)

Atlantic Sea Scallops are some of the United States’ most prevalent Scallops on restaurant menus. Their popularity is widely recognized by chefs and diners alike. Sea Scallops market themselves, portion perfectly, elevate straight-forward ingredients, enlighten gourmet “sets”, and seduce the masses. It is a simple matter of finding the correct Sea Scallop for your particular application. Below are varied levels of Sea Scallop production that show the value in each.

Fresh Sea Scallops are graded by size and marketed by the amount of preservative added.

  • Dry Chemical Free – Unprocessed with 0% Preservative or Water Weight
  • Dry Overnight – “Dip” processing that accrues the minimal amount of additive that meets FDA “Dry” requirements – less than 18% Weight by Volume of Preservative and Water
  • Wet – “Soak” processing that accrues more than 18% Weight by Volume of Preservative and Water

Day Boat Dry

Massachusetts and Maine’s Day Boat Fresh Sea Scallops are diamonds! Day Boats utilizing small net dredging offer the “Top-of-Catch” in Sea Scallops. Their daily runs provide Sea Scallops that will never see the large processing facilities. They are offloaded, shucked, and packed for shipping right from the pier. When searching for the freshest Sashimi/Crudo grade Sea Scallops, look for Day Boat Dry. Upon cooking, Day Boat Drys have no equal. No  water loss equals no shrinkage. Their sugar concentration enables a deep golden sear while its brine still lingers. The sweet and salty balance of Sea Scallops are remarkable.  Day Boat Dry Sea Scallops represent the premier fine dining shellfish.

SeafoodS.com’s Priority Overnight delivery offers Sea Scallop meats that are hours from their shell. This the premium!

New Bedford Auction

The New Bedford Scallop Auction offers a complete array of Sea Scallops. The Lightship Fleets of New Bedford provide short trip hauls that are sorted and processed. The auction pricing reflects the Scallops’ size and the amount of “processing” received. The largest scallops with the least amount of processing gain the highest market prices.

The Dry Chemical Free Sea Scallops are either blast frozen aboard longer trip boats or shucked fresh at port. New Bedford Chemical Free Dry are the highest quality in the Auction. They are the perfect Auction Scallop for a colorful sear.

The Overnight Sea Scallops are still considered “Dry” and are the most abundant fresh Sea Scallop in restaurant distribution. They release minimal amounts of water when cooking, but require a harder sear to obtain deep color. Overnights offer a slight reduction in price per pound, but need heightened talents and techniques to bring them to their highest value on the plate.

Wet Scallops are the lowest quality and price. The price is obtained through soaking smaller Scallops in a solution of water and preservative until they amass considerable size and weight (turning a 20/30 into a 10/20). The shelf life is incredible, but you are buying a small Scallop and water. Choose a smaller Overnight or Dry to obtain the same portion cook weight, but with a much more eloquent product.

You SeafoodS.com account specialist can assist in finding the perfect Auction Sea Scallop for your recipes and preparation methods.

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Patrick Lowder: 704-769-2265

Chris Nelson: 704-769-2256


Ocean Tides – August Edition

Chef – New England Brings Superior Groundfish
Plan Your August Menu Now!
New Bedford Vessel
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.

We are gearing up for August. An abundance of offerings from New England is here to stir your menu creating process. New England is a vast Seafood opportunity. From the Native Americans, Vikings, and Basques to today’s eight billion dollar Fleet Industry, New England fishing has been a very important part of our nation’s development. Navigating the options of New England seafood is a wealth of questions. SeafoodS.com is positioned to explain and supply the product that fits individual need. Daily Auctions in Boston, New Bedford, Gloucester, and Portland bring a full line of New England catch that drives the Trip Boat markets while Day Boat “Hand Gear” catch offers the fisheries’ premium landings. Contact your sales rep today to build your ideal box.

Chapter 2: Groundfish

Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua)

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Atlantic Cod is the cornerstone of New England fish. While locals may have their favorites, Cod has brought the most national attention. When asking about the flavor and texture of many other species, the diner will often query Cod in similarity. “Is it like Cod?” It holds three of the most common descriptions… light, white, and flaky. The stark white of Atlantic Cod contains one of the lightest textures and cleanest flavors of any Northern species. While we understand the marketability and preparation of Atlantic Cod it is important to understand the varying harvest methods and market distribution.

Cod as a commodity is the result of the behemoth vessels of the Trawl Fleets They harvest enormous weight loads in their nets.This is the typical FAS products available in the grocers’ freezers. SeafoodS.com focuses on a much more impressive fare. From small catch Trip Boats of the Display Auction to the hand geared Boston Pier catch, we look for the spectacular in both arenas. Trip Boats offload a weightier, yet carefully addressed haul. This allows our customers the affordability of trawled Cod with the handling care of display quality fish. Meanwhile, our Hook & Line, or “Fancy” Day Boat options give Chefs absolute perfection in Atlantic Cod. From Scrod fillet for the broiler and Captain’s Loin for center of the plate masterpieces, we supply what your menu demands.

Atlantic Cod is priced and sold by size. It is Graded by fillet yield.
Large – Over 2 lbs.
Market – 16-32 oz.
Scrod – 8-16 oz.
Small – Up to 8 oz.

Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus)

Haddock Hooked

Haddock will attract anyone that has spent more than a week in New England to your menu. It’s the paterfamilias of New England “Whitefish”. It has a slightly firmer texture than Cod with a hint of “ocean flavor” that is void in many similar species. This is a New Englander’s fish. Haddock is requested by those from New England who now inhabit other parts of the country. You’ve heard them. They are correct. Haddock is brilliant. From broiled to smoked, Haddock fills in where others are limited. It is succulent and flaky with enough “backbone” to hold up to bolder spice and richer sauces. Haddock is a productive, well, reproductive groundfish that has responded well to management. Gulf of Maine Haddock are thriving and have reached well above their target population. This is great news and a welcome change to those Chefs who were sourcing for menus in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. SeafoodS.com offers the premium in Haddock. Like the Cod, we source from the best available in the marketplace. They too are a large part of our Trip Boat and Day Boat availability. Day Boat Haddock are often harvested with Ruhle Trawl, aka Haddock Rope Trawl. This is a small net with special net configurations to prevent by-catch. Co-invented by Rhode Island fisherman Phil Ruhle, this trawl allowed a more effective targeting method that not only helped with Haddock population assessments, but also aided in the recovery of the Cod populations. Ruhle is another great connection to Haddock as a menu-able species. The “Dock to Door” movement is vivid with Haddock. If you are looking for a species that connects your guests to the sea, look to Haddock.

Atlantic Hake (Merluccius bilinearis)

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Hake have a close resemblance to Cod and Haddock with a larger flake and a “fluffier” texture. Hake or Atlantic Merluza offer a rich moisture because of  high levels of “fat” to regulate body temperature. This translates to incredible moisture levels in the prepared flesh. Hake inhabit extremely deep waters and rise to mid depth at night to feed. Hake are harvested during this time by “Jig” fishing methods. This is a true one-at-a-time method that produces pristine market fish. The Day Boat Operators carefully stow and ice the catch then motor to dock. This ensures the freshest Hake available. They are, indeed, a highly  sought  species by New England Chefs, and continually gain recognition throughout the culinary nation. Their culinary application are vast, and their market terminology is as well. While over a dozen species of Hake and Whitting inhabit cold and temperate waters, SeafoodS.com focuses on Gulf of Maine and George’s Bank Merluccius bilinearis. This allows consistency of product while supplying the highest quality of Hake. “Truth in Menu” shines with Hake from SeafoodS.com.

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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

 


Wild Striped Bass

Wild Striped Bass Hooked

Developing flavors. It’s the cornerstone of culinary expression. Finding the canvas for expression is SeafoodS.com’s primary endeavor. Few fish species offer themselves to vast culinary methods like the Wild Striped Bass. Clean yet complex ocean flavors combined with ample moisture gives Wild Striped Bass a place in test kitchens and feature boards.

SeafoodS.com is your direct source for Wild Striped Bass as the seasons move from North to South along the Atlantic coast, and back again. Each month brings new openings state by state, and rallies in March with very low prices and abundant availability. We invite you to run Wild Striped Bass as very special features now, and then inundate your guests with your favorite preparations in the first weeks of Spring.

SeafoodS.com sources Wild Striped Bass directly from the fisheries of these seasonal openings. Procuring Day Boat fish throughout the year allows for optimal freshness and quality. Priority Overnight Delivery offers the quickest turn-around in distribution. This guarantees our Chefs the best Wild Striped Bass available in the market. Call today to begin your WSB research plan.