Thursday, December 27, 2007

A BUSY DECEMBER : IN THE FISH BIZ

I finally have a few spare moments to write about the past few weeks. It has been some time since I last wrote anything the public could seem remotely valuable. I had intended to fill these pages with information covering the full spectrum of Holiday related seafood and fish information. The feast of the seven fishes and the like. Instead I spent my time endeavoring to supply the local distributor I work for an ample amount of product for our accounts. The mere fact that the Christmas and the New Years holidays both feel on a Tuesday have made it increasingly difficult to secure the desired products for the holidays. I am always reminded that this biz is actually a logistic and supply paradigm. One of the biggest challenges is convincing the chefs and restaurateurs that the particular product desired is not available due to conditions entirely out of both of our control. When you desire a wild product one has to have a pliable imagination and bountiful creativity. I also spent an afternoon selling a couple of great sustainable seafood choices at the trial run of the New Amsterdam Market. To the disgruntled gentleman who claimed to be a scalloper, and was none too pleased with what sustainable means, I have a suggestion or two....drop me a line. Happy New Year, buy sustainable when you can.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

FRESHWATER GROUPER ASSOCIATION


Friday night my wife and I had the greatest time as we watched Garrison Keillor bring his Prairie Home Companion to The Town Hall, right here in NYC. And the best part was his story piece Guy Noir, and his foray into the New York Seafood Biz. The skit featured Guy Noir as the newly established President of the "Freshwater Grouper Association". This association and Guy are charged with the task of bringing walleye to the tables of New Yorkers. We busted at the seams last night, but today I have a real taste for the fish fry of my childhood...bring me some walleye. Anyway the show was great and it inspired me to start a blog of the same name. Garrison please don't sue me, imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery.