Good morning Chefs and Buyers,
Last night at the White House Opah (moon fish) was on the menu, and you can have it on yours too. Opah is one of those rare treats we bring only infrequently. Opah are a large pelagic fish that are caught as a by catch of the Pacific Tuna fishery. Rich meaty loins are great barely cooked and pair well with a variety of sauces, or as crudo or ceviche; Obama enjoyed his as an Herb Green Ceviche of Hawaiian Opah.
We have a couple more mid-pacific fish available, and they are Mahi and Hiramasa. We are getting the nicest mahi-mahi from Taiwan of all places. These are from the same fishery that are sold in Japan's famous Tsukiji Fish Market and sent on a direct flight to JFK, stellar fish say no more. We also have Cleanseas' carefully reared New Zealand Hiramasa.
Hiramasa's Gulf of Mexico cousin is the Amberjack, ours are from Apalachicola, Florida and are an inexpensive alternative for cooked applications. Not quite as fatty as hiramasa, amberjack is rich in flavor and very succulent when properly prepared.
Black sea bass are very abundant and they are coming in mid-rigor with candy red gills they could be no fresher. Ours are trap caught fish from the soon to be over Delaware opening. Boston mackerel are small and firm with about 2 fish per pound. They are from Rhode Island.
Also available: golden corvina, bluefish, porgies, wreckfish, mako, steelhead trout, razor clams, pompano, and wild king salmon.
Our featured oyster today is the Pemaquid. From Dodge Cove in Maine. Actually the producers of this oyster are a major supplier of virginicus oyster seed for many of your other favorite east coast oysters. Pemaquids are a prototypical east Maine oysters; rich with brine, succulent with just a hint of a vegetable finish. Developed deep cup shells are consistent and easy to open.
"Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday."
Have a great weekend,