Ocean Tides – A Bit More Exotic

Chef – Get Your Head In The “Game”   

 The Exotic & The Wild

Ostrich lets you inspire the kitchen and treat your guests to the extraordinary! Each month 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. isn’t just your aquatic protein advocate. We have sea legs and a land lubber’s reach. September preludes Autumn, and we have your transitional game meats! Hot enough for Summer, but cool enough for your clientele. Bring sustainable pastured and wild game to your board for a distinct change to your End-of-Summer menu. Get your September “Game” going…

Chapter 3

Feral Texas Swine  (Sus scrofa)


The Wild Boar of Texas are not the pink, curly-tailed pig of the domestic barnyard. They are the feral descendants of pigs brought from Europe. Firstly pigs were imported as food for exploration and colonization, and more recently for game hunting. The Wild Boar of Texas survive in a natural environment and are harvested for their delicious meat. has a direct line to the wild. These Wild Boar provide a deeply authentic flavor of hunted game. The Wild Boar survive on a foraged diet of acorns, hickory nuts, pecan, and seeds. The Summer fattening is at its peak with a long season of fruits, grasses, mushrooms, and eggs. Their varied diet offers a very intense “pork” for any menu. Hunting is open, but your hunt for sensational swine is over.
Check out our full list of Wild Boar cuts attached in the red link below.

Ostrich  (Struthio camelus )


Looking for a great beef alternative? Don’t hide your head in the sand when it comes to Ostrich. Ostrich is a phenomenal “Red Meat”. It offers a lean alternative to beef and has a close resemblance in appearance and flavor. Ostrich does, however, have a depth of flavor that surpasses those resemblances. Ostrich has become a very popular protein in the United States and is welcomed to those cutting down on richer meats. It shares a lean quality found in other birds, but blows them away in heartiness. Ostrich holds a multitude of applications. From rare grilled filet to smoked sirloin, the Ostrich is a bird that is more than just the word. offer pastured Ostrich that generally feed on the insects, grasses and seeds of their environment. The diet is supplemented with a high quality all natural feed that is packed with protein from natural grains. They are processed in strict accordance to USDA food safety and are readily available year-round. Put a big bird on the board and your guests will be impressed.
Check out our full list of Ostrich cuts attached in the red link below.

Kangaroo  (Macropus giganteus)


Though there are many species of Kangaroo, the most predominant in food production is the Eastern Grey Kangaroo. These are large Kangaroo with lean yet tender meat. Kangaroo meat is a fine textured soft meat with tender muscle fibers, virtually no fat and little connective tissue. Kangaroo meat is extremely healthy. Fat levels of kangaroo meat are typically 1-2%. This means the meat must be cooked rare and with care to avoid over cooking. It is clinically proven that the Kangaroo is a spectacular protein. Kangaroo meat is a staple on the menus of the US Olympics training center.  It is a well-flavored meat with the intensity of the flavor ranging from subtle in young animals to distinctive in older animals. Kangaroo dishes respond well with aromatic spices and abundantly seasoned vegetables.  Jump into Fall with an exotic on the menu.
Check out our full list of Kangaroo cuts attached in the red link below.



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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

Ocean Tides Seasonal Menu Planning Guide ~ June Edition

Chef – June is for Florida Fish!
Southern Atlantic & The Gulf of Mexico
Florida Reef let’s you inspire the kitchen and treat your guests to the extraordinary! Each month 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 Groupers! Contact your sales rep today to build your ideal box.
Chapter 3: Groupers
Black Grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci) – Black Grouper is to dining as Macallan is to drinking. It is “Fine Dining” at its pinnacle. Black Grouper screams sophistication while simultaneously offering a laid back and breezy Florida feel to any menu. From features to tasting menus to a la carte, the Black Grouper brings the epitome of Florida Dining to the table. Sweet, moist, and brilliant flake makes the Black Grouper on of the most recognizable fish in the Eastern U.S. Its deep translucence of bright white flesh cooks to to a tender and succulent finish just begging for the fresh flavors of late Spring and early Summer fare. Simple herbs, citrus, and young vegetables easily accompany any preparation technique. Black Grouper has a deep concentration of natural sweetness that caramelizes to a perfect seared “crust” while maintaining an abundance of moisture and tenderness. Marketability with so many applications is readily offered in very few species. This makes Black Grouper a stand out in upscale dining.
Red Grouper (Epinephelus morio) – Red Grouper is a stellar example of why Florida seafood has always held some of the highest regard. A light and versatile species that continually queries its relation to other Groupers. Is it tender? Yes. Does it cook to a perfect paper white? Yes. Is it moist and flaky? Yes. Does it have depth of flavor? Yes. For Chefs who cook with “big” flavor, the Red Grouper offers a slight earthiness that is unique in Groupers. It has a versatile diet that allows for a faintly deeper richness in its flavor profile. Like a craft beer, small batch whisky, or an excellent wine, the Red Grouper brings complexity. Though slight, the bigger flavor of Red Grouper stands up to more aggressive “Sets”. Its a canvas for bolder seasonings, heartier herbs, and richer sauces than fairer Groupers. Red Grouper perfect for center of the plate presentation, while lending itself to countless other options.To Grill, Saute, Fry, Smoke, or Ceviche? That’s the only question needed.

Bigtooth Corvina (Isopisthus parvipinnis) – While not a Grouper, the Corvina offers something to every Chef. A dynamic fish with an attractive price point. Corvina is spectacular food fish with a global reputation. Corvina represents the prime table fish of many countries. Because of its incredible  characteristics, Corvina may be one of the most under sung Florida fare. The Corvina resemble Redfish, fillets like Grouper, and taste like Snapper – for a fraction of the cost. This is a large flake, moist, and sweet food fish that strongly represents the bounty of the pristine Southern Atlantic. The similarities in the plate presentation between Corvina and other Florida fine dining species are uncanny. If you are looking for a great species that makes a statement while running a great food cost, look to Bigtooth Corvina.

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Mount Cook Alpine King Salmon

Salmon King AlpineBest Choice

The induction of many New Zealand King Salmon into the “Best Choice” classification of the Monterey Seafood Watch has boosted the overall notoriety of their practices. While many NZ King producers have triumphed in responsible aqua-culture, and stellar product lines, one stands unique in its clever locale and innovative operations system.

The Alpine King Salmon are a unique Freshwater King Salmon. Hatched and raised in the pristine, glacial waters of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, Mt Cook Alpine Salmon speaks for itself. A unique alpine environment, fast-flowing habitat and the delicate touch of the seasons, create the world’s finest freshwater King Salmon. Nature has done all the hard work and the flavor tells the story. The result is a salmon that is moist and delicate to the palette and sought after by leading chefs around the world. is enamored by the opportunity to work closely with the United States’ exclusive importer of Mount Cook Alpine King Salmon. Direct Priority Overnight shipping opportunities allow our customers to receive the freshest Alpine Kings. With Sushi and Sashimi quality, the Alpine King has a place in any application. From French classic to cutting edge fusion, Alpine King Salmon by has a place on any menu or feature board. We offer Import Direct with quality guaranteed product each week. Reach out to learn more about this unique Salmon offering.

John Dory – New Zealand’s Finest for Fine Dining

John Dory
John Dory have been revered as one of the most succulent white fish in Upscale Dining for decades. Globally known and respected, John Dory has had a place in some of the best restaurants in the world. The firm yet supple white flesh has naturally high levels of glycogen that translates into a brilliant sweetness. John Dory fillets cook to paper white flake that are loaded with moisture. It’s an elaborate protein that requires little effort to perfect. If Sole or Turbot have had succeses on your menu, John Dory will enamor your guests.
The John Dory, also known as Saint Peter Fish, Saint Pierre, and Martin’s Fish, inhabit cold waters around the world, but are predominantly sourced, by, from the pristine waters of New Zealand. Known as Kaparu by the Maori, the John Dory has been documented as a celebrated protein since James Cook’s first visit to New Zealand in 1769. has your John Dory. We have secured direct imports from the leading fisheries in New Zealand, and are positioned to supply John Dory nationally.’s Priority Overnight Deliveries ensures the highest quality and guaranteed freshness. With direct flights from the fishery to LAX, we position our customers to “buy like a distributor”. There is no simpler avenue for securing John Dory, and we are committed to supplying the finest proteins in Fine Dining.