Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Hello Chefs and Buyers,
Wild striped bass prices remain stable and the fish are beautiful in your choice of smaller (8-12lb) Delaware fish or the larger (12-20lb) Virginia rockets. Blues are running up along with the bass as they both feed on small forage fish. You can tell that they are all well fed this year as both fish are yielding thick fillets.
Snappers are tending to be large out of the Gulf and we have more large (6-8lbs) American reds today. These big red beauties are bright and resilient with big fillets that are easily portioned. Smaller sizes are available too, and just as nice.
Escolar and mahi, as well as Spanish mackerel are arriving late tonight just in time for mid week menus.
Todays featured oyster is the Wawenauk Oyster from the clean remote Damariscotta River, ME. Gently raised by the nice folks that produce oyster seed for many of your other favorite East Coast oysters, these hard shelled bivalves never get far from home. Well not until they make their only and final trip to NY. We like the fresh clean briny taste with citrus undertones, firm meats and well formed cups. Wawenauks are named after the Alagonquin peoples that inhabited the area as they were called by neighboring tribes after the places they lived either walinakiak, which translates as "cove or little bay people" or  wawinok "loop in the river" depending upon who you ask. One thing seems to be sure is that they enjoyed oysters as much as we do since they left behind numerous collections of oyster shells like the Whaleback Midden nearby. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whaleback_Shell_Midden. But names aside this tongue twisted name of an oyster will soon have your taste buds leading your tongue in a chorus for more of this Maine gem.
Also available but limited: fresh frog legs, blackfish, wild king salmon, uni trays, and local dory.
"Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day."
~Winnie the Pooh (A. A. Milne)
Best regards,

Matthew Hovey http://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewhovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616 cell 718-679-0641
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

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