Monday, December 21, 2009

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good day Chefs and Buyers,
This weekend's winter weather has definitely affected us today. Many boats stayed in, or came in early with limited catches. Flights were canceled or delayed until tonight. We did our best to fill every order today, thank you for understanding. Tuesday will be business as usual.
Scheduled to arrive later today we have from New Zealand;
Sexy sashimi and crudo worthy Opah, pictured above. The cockles we expected today come tonight instead. Our Hiramasa from Australia will be landing at JFK tonight, this is also a great alternative to hamachi and it is farmed with approved best practices to promote sustainability.
Our Florida truck managed to make it to us as scheduled: and we have beautiful American red snappers sizes are 2-8lbs, fresh trap caught octopus sized 1-3lbs, domestic pink dorade (same as pink snapper) sized 1-1.25 great center of plate fish at an incredible price. We also have a limited amount of fresh mako (a favorite for the feast of the seven fishes).
From the frozen Northeast we have a few Nantucket bay scallops, fresh smelts and we can secure you green Christmas eels early in the week if you have a need. Cod, monk and skate will be limited but of good quality since the majority of the catch is coming off of day boats this week with the trip boats in harbor.
We do not expect any additional flight delays, so we will have fresh sardines from Portugal tonight and Turbot from Chile.
Farmed halibut is in good supply. It makes a great choice for party and Christmas menus. The Norwegian halibut is head on, unlike its wild sibling, they are cutting out with a 62% average yield that is much better than expected. This is because they really are fattened up prior to harvest and their girth exceeds there wild working siblings, producing a thicker fillet.
Our oyster selection today is the Beau Sole. These petite cocktail oysters are a must have on our raw bar. Packed with more briny goodness than can be imagined from the under two and a half inch shell. Packed nicely in a wood crate should you order 100, but available by the piece as well. Harvested from waters protected by the Acadian peninsula in Miramichi Bay (N 47.15/W 65.02). Beau Soleil means beautiful sun and who couldn't use some of that during these gray winter days?
Also availble are porgies, farmed sturgeon, carp, small tile fish, mahi, striped bass and grouper.
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
-Anne Bradstreet

Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

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