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Ocean Tides – Super Bowl Food Remorse

Super Bowl LI

Customers Regret Food Eaten & Looking To Atone

1.33 million Chicken Wings! That’s the estimated count from the National Chicken Council on Sunday’s consumption. It’s interesting that the average person who watched the game ate as much or more as on Thanksgiving. That doesn’t mean that it’s as lovingly crafted or vegetable laden as Turkey Day. Here are a few approximations from last year.

-11 million lbs of Potato Chips
-8 million lbs of Tortilla Chips
-4 million lbs of popcorn
-10 million lbs of Ribs
-12 million lbs of Bacon

We haven’t even touched on Brats, Dogs, Burgers, Cheese, and all the parts of a hog that will be slain today. While many of you saw a “catering/take out” increase, some (hopefully many) enjoyed the game as it was played. This brings up the theory that many spectators awoke today with the same zeal for a “healthier” diet as they did on New Year’s Day, especially knowing that antacid sales increased by over 20%. This is where seafood comes into play.

We believe that diners will be looking to their favorite restaurants to do the heavy lifting on their new path to leaner meat options and lighter offerings. We support this “Oh Captain, my Captain. Our fearful trip is done…” trust that the diner places in your hands. Below are just a few very lean yet incredibly satisfying options that will ween your guests off of the Super Sunday feasting.

Day Boat Atlantic Hake “Merluzza” 

(Merluccius bilinearis)

No matter your opinion of the team from Boston, the seafood has no “franchise” allegiance. Merluza have a close resemblance to Cod and Haddock with a larger flake and “Fluffier” texture. The inhabit extremely deep waters and rise to mid depth at night to feed. The Sow Hake are harvested during this time by Hook and Line “Jig” Day Boat Operators. Sow Hake are a delicate “softer” flesh than other New England Round Fish. They are, indeed, a highly sought species by “Local” minded New England Chefs. They contain high levels of fish “fat” to regulate body temperature. This translates to incredible moisture levels in the prepared flesh. The culinary application is vast. Think it and Hake will handle it. Now it is possible that this will need to ship Tuesday for Wednesday as many Pats fan fishermen… well you know.

#1 Red Grade Hawaiian Tombo “Albacore” 

(Thunnus alalunga)

Hawaiian Tombo is a brilliant representation of spectacular Tuna with a leaner and cleaner mouth feel with a unique light pink to light red coloration. The Tombo is an integral part of the local Hawaiian diet and is an excellent solution to smaller portioning of loin steaks. Lighter in color than its cousin the Yellowfin, the Tombo sheen a beautiful “candy” hue like a pearl paint job on a classic car.Tombo stands on its own as a GIANT little Tuna. Tombo is perfect for Sahimi, Poke, Tartare, and lightly seared for those remorseful gluttons looking for redemption.
Tombo has 3 grades as a food fish.

Light – Very little Red coloration. Lands somewhere in a pink shade. Great for Cooking.

Standard – Perfect for Poke and light cooking methods.

Sashimi Red – Deep candy apple color perfect for raw and crudo applications.

Faroe Island Salmon 

(Salmo salar)

Though it is irresistibly rich, it’s still leaner that a pork butt. Faroe Island Salmon is SeafoodS.com’s largest Atlantic species offerings. The fish are offered from the 15 – 19 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, Consistency, and Sustainability; this is your Salmon! 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.

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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


Ocean Tides – Watching the Rivers Run

Chef – Copper River Salmon Opens Mid-May!

In 1868, a year after the Alaskan Purchase, Americans began to explore Southern Alaska. It was evident that the lands and seas were flush with future wealth. Within the next 10 years, Americans had began their trade with the natives, but not just simple Otter pelts, but fish, game, mining rights, and prospecting lands. In the late 1800’s the Copper River opens for commercial fishing. As one of the earliest and most celebrated Alaskan Fisheries, the Copper River has been in the celebrations and rituals of the native Eyak for thousands of years, the hearts and economy of the locals for over a century, and the menus and tables of a nation for decades. It is truly one of the most significant Salmon runs of the season.
The Copper River is a fast flowing, 290 mile long, valley carving beast. Dropping an average of 12 feet per mile at 7 miles per hour, this is a Salmon Slalom like no other. The sheer speed and escalation of the Copper River is directly related to the celebration of the fattiness of Copper River Salmon. The needed “fat” of the fish to make this run is comparable to fish that make much longer journeys. Long before their instinctive migrations begin, these fish naturally understand the necessity of feeding for fuel. They veraciously pack on the silky fat to burn along the trek to their spawning grounds upriver. The Copper River Runs will be closely monitored for fishing times and dates, and SeafoodS.com will fiercely source and procure Copper River Salmon for your menus, features, and specialties. We will “Follow the River” for every major River Opening this season. Stay tuned…

The Copper River

Copper Sockeye – Red or Bluejack Salmon

(Oncorhynchus nerka)

Copper Coho – Silver Salmon

(Oncorhynchus kisutch)

Copper Chinook – King Salmon

(Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

Contact SeafoodS.com to Customize Your Spring Features

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 – 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


Follow the River

Follow the River

2015 Alaskan River Chinook Approach

In the coming months SeafoodS.com will “Follow the River”. We begin in the early parts of May tracing the Alaskan Chinook River Runs. Our intent is to bring the marketability of the best “Salmon Story” to our customers while taking a brief tour of the Alaskan River Systems. Along the way we will showcase the pristine rivers and watersheds of Alaska and offer their bounty direct to our customers. This will be an entertaining way to learn more about the rivers, openings, management, trace-ability, and species while simultaneously sourcing the Salmon of specific fisheries. The goal will be to attribute to your successes in sourcing and presenting a highly recognizable product. Look for the upcoming “Copper River Opening”, and allow SeafoodS.com to provide a menu able Chinook for the 2015 “River Run”.


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.

SeafoodS.com 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 SeafoodS.com has a place on any menu or feature board. We offer Import Direct with quality guaranteed product each week. Reach out toSeafoodS.com to learn more about this unique Salmon offering.


Long Live the King… Salmon

Salmon King

The Reign is Changing.

As Fishermen in the Northwest report that the Fishing of King Salmon is slowing , SeafoodS.com looks to the best option to replace these seasonal species. Let’s face it. There is no “cold turkey” when weening your guests from their King Salmon fondness. That’s why we look at some transitional products to ease them into your next big menu change. 

King Salmon! Everyone loves the silkiness of a great King Salmon. The name itself has been a monster self marketing tool for you and your staff. “King Salmon” and “Chinook” just roll off of the tongues of servers and the words  seem to leap off of the menu. Transitioning King Salmon is one of the most simple. New Zealand’s Ora King Salmon, or New Zealand’s Sanford Ltd King Salmon

Each have a great offering of the highest quality Chinook. New Zealand Kings consistently honor the species and directly apply themselves to the most enthusiastic recipe. New Zealand King Salmon boast deep color, optimal fat content, and a healthy glisten. These fish are a pinnacle in conscientious protein sourcing, and one of the best options for menu transition.