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Ocean Tides – California Deep Pacific

Chef – Deep Water Pacific Favorites!

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.

Bigeye Tuna – “Bigeye”
(Thunnus obesus)

Bigeye is a deeper swimming species and, for natural reasoning, contains higher fat contents that Albacore, Yellowfin, and Skipjack Tunas. Bigeye is noted for its deep color, and softer flesh. The larger the Bigeye, the higher the fat content. Look at its scientific name. Bigeye’s fat content is right in the name. It is perfect for raw application, and caramelizes very well in high heat cooking. San Diego’s Longliners offload each week and make available some of the freshest short trip Bigeye on the market. We see typically two sizes of Bigeye in our San Diego Longline distribution. 40/60 lb fish yield “medium loins” while the 60/100+ offer us the “large loins”. Call every Monday to see what F/V Kraken is offloading.

Sickle Pomfret – “Monchong”
(Taractichthys steindachneri)
 

Monchong is a deep ocean Pomfret that offers a lightly flavored, very moist flesh. It has a stark white color when cooked and is forgiving to high heat and caramelizes well. The Monchong offers plenty of nutritional value and is a clean taste that accents many Pacific Rim, Latin, and French culinary styles. SeafoodS.com offers Monchong from the pelagic waters off the coast of California with Overnight Priority Shipping. SoCal Monchong is a testament to the quality that is California seafood. Monchong is not a targeted species, rather it is caught incidentally in fisheries targeting tuna, snapper and other species. There are also no well-defined seasonal trends in availability. The lack of consistent availability of this fish is part of what makes it so exotic and desirable.

Broadbill Swordfish – “Swordfsih”  
(Xiphias gladius
) 

Swordfish has a firm meaty texture and sweet and robust flavor which allows for a variety of applications. However, a steak cut is the most popular presentation of this fish due to the large size and compact flesh of its loins. 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, California 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.  The California fishery is managed by National Marine Fisheries, which considers swordfish stocks in healthy condition and rates it a sustainable resource.

Contact SeafoodS.com to Customize Your SoCal Features

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
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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 – 2 Weeks Till Valentine’s

Chef – Red Finfish. Swimmingly Satisfying!

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Valentine’s Day is a Super Bowl away. For the next two 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.

Red Drum “Redfish” (Sciaenops ocellatus)

Platinum Red Drum are grown 18 miles in the middle of the sea off the coast of Campeche. They set the standard for quality. They are grown in the best water quality, fed the best feed, (some even with zero fish meal, an ecological breakthrough in aquaculture), and never subjected to hormones or drugs, chilled in slurry ice for shipping – guaranteeing that these fish truly are of the highest of quality.  Maya Fish strongly believes in caring for our oceans. They constantly check the influence of the farm on the water quality around the farm as well as the sand below the cages. The tests are done under both the auspices of the Mexican government and according to international standards. All tests continuously show that the farm has zero impact on its surroundings. In addition, in order to be even more ecologically sound, the company will be growing sea cucumbers under the cages which ingest sand together with any organics on the sand, both ecologically and environmentally beneficial.

“Red” Tuna – Yellowfin & Bigeye (Thunnus albacares &Thunnus obesus ) 

Tuna is a global food-fish that is available in almost every market. The challenge is consistency in quality or availability in higher grades in every market. SeafoodS.com has a global solution to all of our customers. We source from the most reputable fisheries in the world and sort them into a one-stop portal. Our offerings span every grade for every need, and allows you to find the specific program to confidently menu Tuna in your restaurant. Below is several examples of our Tuna Programs and we invite you to call for more details. We have your Tuna.
 
South Atlantic Yellowfin
Florida Direct Tuna allows SeafoodS.com to actively source Tuna in high production areas of the Gulf and South America.
Southern California Bigeye
When Deep Water Pacific fleet members catch the best currents, they slip directly into San Diego to offload. This is a very special occurrence and brings the best of the Pacific Deep Water to the mainland.
Hawaiian Yellowfin & Bigeye
Hawaiian Tuna Fleets are one of the tightest managed tuna fleets in the world. With Circle Hooks and and quick drop systems, these champions of conservation protect juvenile by-catch, sea turtles, and sea birds.  Our Hawaiian Tuna is brought to Auction at the United Fishing Agency in Honolulu and is hand selected for SeafoodS.com and our Chefs. 
Tahitian Yellowfin
Through a great import partnership, SeafoodS.com is able to bring one of the finest Tuna available to the United States. Phenomenal turnaround shipping allows for an incredibly fresh product with insane shelf life. With the Tahitian program, ask for OTR Vacuum Sealing for an even longer shelf.
Flame Snapper – Long Tail Red Snapper (Etelis coruscans)

One of our newest Snapper programs features an amazing Australian Flame Snapper. Commonly known as Queen in Florida, `Ula`ula koa`e in Hawaii, and Onaga and Hamadai in Japan, the Flame Snapper is at the height of its classification. From Queensland and New South Wales to Lord Howe Island, the Australian Fleet target this regal Snapper. Short trip Hook & Line vessels are geared to retrieve some of the most Direct-to-Chef Flame Snapper in distribution. This is an amazing turn-around for a very impressive species. The Flame Snapper inhabit the rocky depths off the coast of Australia. They are known to live up to 1300 feet below the surface. The cold depths of their range produce a clean and moist protein that that rivals any Snapper in their sweet and rich profile. Typically a larger Snapper, the Flame Snapper produces a very versatile fillet. The thickness allows perfect portioning and a remarkable plate presentation. The Flame Snapper also provides a beautiful deep pink to red skin that crisps wonderfully. The skeleton offers a clean yet rich ingredient for stocks, consommes, and fumets.

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 Seasonal Menu Planning Guide ~ June Edition

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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. 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)

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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


Valentine’s Day 2014 Menu Planning

Valentine's Day 2014 Menu Planning

Valentine’s Day 2014 Menu Planning

Timing is Key

While Valentine’s Day is a month away (Friday February 14, 2014), the time for menu planning is here. SeafoodS.com wants to make this the easiest procurement, with phenomenal product and service. While you look to the “Two-Top Bombardment”, we look to assist in the “Wow” of your menu. SeafoodS.com has the products to do just that!

Some products bring about “Free Marketing” thanks to Facebook, Instagram, and other Social platforms. Imagine the “Water Cooler” discussions about the “largest Shrimp ever seen”, or “the most tender Wagyu Beef”.

Here are a few “Show Stoppers” that we carry. We hope that it assists in your menu planning.


Tahitian Tuna – “A Profitable Solution”

#1 Tahitian Tuna Cryovac Loin

#1 Tahitian Tuna Cryovac Loin

Our Team was given a challenge in the second half of 2012 – “Consistent Ahi Tuna!” Everything was on the table… Price had to be consistent, quality had to be consistent, trim spec, shelf-life, packaging- EVERYTHING! We gladly accepted the challenge. Why not?? These types of solution-based programs are what we live for! It’s simple – We solve our customers’ problems day in and day out.

From July 2012 to January 11, 2013, SeafoodS.com has purchased over 13,000 pounds of Tahitian Ahi Tuna. We are pleased and humbled to report that through the hard work and support of key Customers, Fishermen, and Importers, the program is an overwhelming success! Out of the 13,000 pounds of tuna we have shipped to our customers, we have credited less than 200 pounds!! That is what we like to call quality and reliability.

We researched every market in the world to explore fishing practices, logistics in place, sustainability results, grading resources, and more. At the end of the day, Tahiti really stepped up for SeafoodS.com and our customers. Check out the program…

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