Friday, February 26, 2010

Soft Shell Crayfish


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning Chefs and Buyers,
 
The entire North Atlantic fishing fleet has come in and are tying up in safe harbor in anticipation of the coming storm. Gale force winds in excess of 40 miles an hour are forecast with very high seas of 10-20ft currently and increasing today. We will have plenty of groundfish for the weekend , but prices and availability could suffer come Monday.
 
We have for delivery Friday in addition to just landed dayboat groundfish like cod, haddock, and monk: plenty of fish from southerly areas not weather affected.
 
Our Florida fish arrived this am: Triggers as fine as can be - sweet fleshed and firm (2-4lbs each), Red Grouper still in rigor (5-10lbs), American Red Snappers (mostly 2-4lbs), and fresh octo and stone crab from traps near Tampa Bay.
 
Some short trip pelagic line caught Tunas and Swords are in house from a Jersey Boat, the quality of these fish are superb, we even have a very limited amount of Escolar taken as a by-catch.
 
Razors from Rhode Island, Mahi from Panama, rich and meaty Sturgeon, Striped bass from the Chesapeake Area (MD & VA), and Nova Scotia Halibut round off our special offerings.
 
"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing."

 Helen Keller

Be safe,  
 

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"
www.wildedibles.com 
http://sustainablefishmonger.com

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good day Chefs and Buyers,
 
We will have a good variety of specials available for you to work with this weekend.
 
Soft shell crayfish are a truly unique item that is worth a try. Adaptable to any preparation you may have for soft shell crab, this 100% usable tender bodied Louisiana crayfish fries up crispy and bright red. Packed with flavor they open up a world of new crayfish possibilities. Each tray has 2 dozen.
 
Razor clams from Rhode Island are sweet with just the right amount of brine, these beauties make a great visual statement. We have fresh octopus from traps in Florida (sized 1-3lb) great quality, domestic at a great price. Pemaquid mussels are in tonight, demand has been high as we work with this co-op we hope to see increased production, but get your orders in to secure these full succulent mussels for the weekend. The next delivery will be for Tuesday.
 
Trigger fish is coming tonight, this southern cousin of our blackfish, and the hog snapper is a member of the wrasse family. The sweet fleshed southern fish is imbued with a crab like quality from the triggers diet. They look great on display as well. Each fish will be 2-4lbs, not a targeted species this by catch will be limited.
 
By popular request we are bringing in a few cases of Corvina from Baja California, they will be 5-10lbs each and collar off. Corvina is the west coast version of our wild striped bass, with a flesh that is a bit firmer it is a favorite in traditional ceviche recipes.
 
From more local fisheries we have bright eyed and candy gilled black sea bass (jumbos and large), Monster golden tiles are quite nice most fish are over 20 pounds and we also have a few grey tile in the 4-6lb size range.
 
Also available and nice are: mahi-mahi, wild striped bass (VA and MD), dayboat haddock, Long Island Blues, and hiramasa.
 

"Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes, that way when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes."

~Jack Handy

Be good,

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"
www.wildedibles.com 
http://sustainblefishmonger.com

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good day Chefs and Buyers,
 
The weather would appear to have held and most of the Northern fishing fleet stayed at sea, so catches should be constant on ground fish. Dayboat cod and haddock have been solid choices with haddock looking like a steal.
 
So far the Greek strike has had little effect on Branzini and Dorade, but prices may fluctuate as Greece continues to struggle with the economy.
 
Chilean turbot will be sold out quick, so if you need any give us a call.
 
Australian Hiramasa will be in fresh and fancy tonight, a sustainable solution to your crudo / hamachi dishes.
 
Bluefish and Spanish mackerel are both rich and full flavored and at the peak of freshness.
 
Sustainable Barramundi will be in from Australis Aquaculture in Mass. This fish was recently featured on Dr. Oz for its health qualities, so cash in on the buzz. Barramundi will be 1-1.25lbs each. Really are great tasting little fish!
 
Also available today: Irish organic trout (steelhead), fresh shrimp from Florida, Tile, Razor Clams, Sturgeon, Laughing Bird Shrimp (sustainable, sweet and fresh), and our Fabulous Wild Edibles Smoked Salmon.
 
 
 
On this day in history During the bloody Battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines from the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Division take the crest of Mount Suribachi, the island's highest peak and most strategic position, and raise the U.S. flag. We respectfully remember and honor all that serve today or have served this country, so that we may live free.
 
"Among the Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue."
~Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN, Pacific Fleet communiqué, 16 March 1945
 
Sincerely,

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"
www.wildedibles.com 
http://sustainblefishmonger.com

Monday, February 22, 2010

Wild Edibles seafood Update

Good morning Chefs and Buyers,
 
Lots of great fish today from points north and south. Some rough weather is predicted for the North Atlantic fisheries and ground fish may tighten up. Today we have great Dayboat Cod and Monk with a fresh shot of Haddock in tonight. Some small local porgies are available as are really fine looking Spanish mackerel, both fish are 1-2lbs.
 
From our northern neighbors we have nice line caught Nova Scotia halibut just arrived. The shipper was upset about last nights Olympic Hockey upset of USA over Canada, but it was too late to divert the truck. Go USA!!
 
From a few select guys in Florida we are receiving jumbo golden tile fish (9-18lbs), American red snappers (available in sizes 1-2lb, 2-4lb, and 4-8lb) everyone hand picked and awesome, fresh shrimp are guaranteed sweet and crisp as usual.
 
We have a really special treat from our Cajun cousins in Louisiana; Soft Shell Crayfish, raised in a special process these large (3.25-3.75 inch) crayfish are harvested at just the right time of molt to give the ultimate in elevated lowland cuisine. This rare treat is sure to surprise and please your guest. Can be enjoyed like a soft shell crab, let your culinary imagination run wild.
 
We have often touted the fineness of Island Creek oysters, and now our friend Skip has produced another oyster that may be even nicer. Why not give Peters Point oysters a try, you can decide if this firm easy opening and briny sweet oyster is superior or not. Personally we are going to have to have another dozen or so to decide.
 
"Eleven seconds, you've got ten seconds, the countdown going on right now! Morrow, up to Silk. Five seconds left in the game. Do you believe in miracles? YES!"
~Al Michaels, broadcast from the 1980 Olympic hockey victory of USA over Russia.

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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Monday Fish Roundup


Fish and Wildlife chief dies after skiing
Washington Post
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Man Finds -- and Kills -- 100-Year-Old Fish
FOXNews
The fish, a sturgeon that's estimated to have been born with William Taft was president, was killed by a spear fisherman Saturday on Lake Winnebago's north ...
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Classic field finds solid action on still cold waters
ESPN
After a tough practice marred by extremely cold conditions, the sun came out and the fish started biting. James Overstreet Kevin VanDam leads after Day 1, ...
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Los Angeles Times
Fear the blobfish
Los Angeles Times
By John Kass Federal fish fighters this week are preparing further assaults on the feared Asian carp, with nets, electrified fences, poison — whatever they ...
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BBC News
Fish Tank hooks four prizes from Critics' Circle
BBC News
By Tim Masters Andrea Arnold's gritty drama Fish Tank has won four awards at the London Film Critics' Circle Awards, including British film of the year. ...
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Change rules to water farms, families not fish
San Francisco Chronicle
The judge found that the federal agencies should have considered alternatives that would still adequately protect the fish without cutting off so much of ...
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Calif. Fish and Game probes pelicans' sickness
San Francisco Chronicle
California's Department of Fish and Game says it's investigating why hundreds of brown pelicans have been found sick or dying off the coast. ...
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Illinois: Biologists Will Hunt Carp
New York Times
By AP The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service are set to begin rooting out Asian carp that have made it ...
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Alien fish invasion divides lake states
Independent
By David Usborne in New York ap A row has blown up between several northern US states about how to block an especially voracious species of non-native fish ...
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Judge: Pumping limits needed to protect Calif fish
San Jose Mercury News
AP FRESNO, Calif.—A federal judge in Fresno has turned down an emergency request by farmers to lift water pumping restrictions in California's delta, ...
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Saturday, February 20, 2010

NYTimes.com: Bitten: Discovering Alaskan King Salmon

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good Morning Chefs and Buyers,
 
Big Nova Scotia Halibut is in today, fish are firm and glistening (20-40lbs). Also from Canada are some nice 10/20 and 20/30 dry sea scallops.
 
Black sea bass quotas have been raised and prices are coming down. This fish is in good supply and we are getting Rhode Island fish coming in rigor and screaming fresh. "In response to the best scientific knowledge available the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council recommended to NOAA Fisheries Service (NMFS) that the 2010 black sea bass harvest quota specifications. On February 10, NMFS published a temporary rule to implement the revised quotas as soon as possible. The catch recommendation was increased from 2.71 million pounds to 4.5 million pounds, which is consistent with the catch levels established in 2008. Black sea bass is not overfished nor is overfishing occurring."-For more information please see the rule in the Federal Register.
 
Wild striped bass prices however are inching up, although the fish are very nice and have good size. We have a handful of trap porgies sized 1-2lbs each. Spanish mackerel are crudo quality, but running on the small side around 1-1.5lbs each.
 
We have an inexpensive black mussel that would be great for an all you can eat special. Called Whitewater Mussels they are the southern cousin to the PEI. Bottom cultivated this mussel is given an extra year of growth as compared to Rope Cultivated mussels.  This extra year produces a larger mussel with greater lipid development, which contributes to their flavor. The mussels are graded by size and have the beards removed using a custom designed de-byssing machine which gently pulls and "shaves" off the beard with no negative effects on shelf life. The graded mussels are then places in our sterilized seawater system for 24 hours so they can purge themselves of all sand and grit while, at the same time, lower their bacteria levels.  The result is a clean mussel both inside and out with a flavor profile that true mussel connoisseurs can appreciate.
 
Also available: NZ pink snapper, Florida Stone Crabs, Golden Tile fish, amberjack, and sturgeon.
 
 
"A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart, who looks at her watch."
~James Beard
 
 

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"
www.wildedibles.com 
http://sustainblefishmonger.com

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning Chefs and Buyers,
 
The winter weather has affected some landings in the north, and prices are up on pollack and jumbo black sea bass. Cod is steady for now and skate and monk are holding their own. Squid dock prices are inching up, but we are holding your prices while we can. 
 
Wild striped bass mostly from Maryland and are big with candy gills and firm flesh. Bluefish and Spanish mackerel catches are up as the fish migrate north in anticipation of spring.
 
We have just in a very nice load of Tuna from the Mid-Atlantic. Mostly yellowfin, with a bigeye or two, all these tunas are rich and fatty from a mid winter feeding frenzy and available in grades #1 and 2+. We have a limited amount of pole caught albacore as well.
 
Dover sole prices are at the lowest prices in over a year, so we took the opportunity to bring a few extra cases (available sizes are 16/18, 18/20, 20/24), available by the piece to treat your customer to this classic culinary delight.
 
Also available California Sturgeon, Australian Hiramasa, Florida Amberjack, and Irish Organic Trout.
 
Today we feature a European flat oyster grown on the Pacific Coast: This west coast "belon" oyster is bright and briny with a characteristic finish. The oyster is high in minerals such as Iron and is famous for pairings with wines, since it affects your palate in a way that allows you to taste more of the nuances of the wine. Palm sized and with a relatively deep cup they are easy to open.
 
"He who has never failed somewhere, that man cannot be great."
~Herman Melville
 
Have a great day,
 
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"
www.wildedibles.com 
http://sustainblefishmonger.com

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Contessa and Compass Team up for Sustainability (press release)

February 11, 2010
COMPASS GROUP, CONTESSA ANNOUNCE
SUSTAINABLE FARMED-SHRIMP PURCHASING STANDARDS
Shrimp Farms Following the Process Would Be Rated
"Good Alternative" Under Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program
CHARLOTTE, NC. . . Compass Group USA, Foodbuy LLC and Contessa Premium
Foods today announce
the first successful implementation by a major food service company of
sustainable purchasing standards
for imported farm-raised shrimp. The standards – including independent,
third-party audits –
have been endorsed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.
Foodbuy is the procurement company for Compass Group.
Historically, the Monterey Bay Aquarium's respected Seafood Watch program
deemed all imported
farm-raised shrimp unsustainable and placed them on the "Avoid" list.
Contessa Premium Foods is
providing Compass Group the first and only imported farm-raised shrimp
recognized as sustainable by
Seafood Watch. These sustainable shrimp standards are unique within the
food service industry in that
they advocate real and achievable environmental benchmarks, and establish
a process to document
that those benchmarks are being achieved.
The purchasing standards were developed by Compass Group and Contessa, in
collaboration with the
Monterey Bay Aquarium. By applying these standards to specific shrimp
farms, and by including a
third-party process to verify that the standards are being applied in the
field, Contessa has met
Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch criteria for a "Good Alternative"
ranking.
"Monterey Bay Aquarium has been a highly valued partner with Compass in
developing our entire
sustainable seafood program," said Marc Zammit, vice president of
sustainability initiatives for
Compass. "They have worked closely with us and Contessa over several
years in an intensive program
that included in-country testing, as well as independent confirmation."
"The goal of Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program has been to
harness the power of the
marketplace to create real change that translates into healthy oceans,"
said Edward Cassano, senior
director of conservation outreach for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. "Compass
Group's strong commitment
to the Seafood Watch program, and Contessa's willingness to work at the
farm level to provide a fully
traceable supply of sustainably farmed shrimp in line with Seafood Watch
criteria, demonstrates that
significant, conservation-oriented shrimp aquaculture practices are
possible."
"Compass Group and other major seafood buyers are demanding sustainable
seafood that meets the
sustainability standards of the Monterey Bay Aquarium program," Cassano
added. "Producers and suppliers
who take the lead – as Contessa has done – will be rewarded for their
efforts by the marketplace."
Compass' sustainable shrimp purchasing standards advocate an effective
procurement policy that
supports ecologically responsible aquaculture practices. Core practices
of sustainable shrimp
aquaculture include maintaining mangrove ecosystems, minimizing other
ecosystem impacts,
eliminating antibiotic use, reducing excessive reliance on feed from wild
sources and promoting
overall compliance with local, national and international laws.
The standards also require product traceability back to the source, to
ensure that 100 percent of the
shrimp sold to Compass comes from farms that meet its sustainable
purchasing standards. The standards
recognize the sustainability achievements that Contessa has already put
in place while providing a
road map for ongoing improvements and benchmarks for such improvement.
Under these standards, Contessa has been recognized as the exclusive
supplier of sustainable shrimp
for Compass Group and Foodbuy.
"We are all confident that ongoing monitoring will ensure that these
significant standards achieve
measurable ecological gains," said Rick Stone, vice president of
sustainability, Foodbuy.
"We are proud of our pioneering group effort and believe it will help
protect ecosystems while responsibly
feeding our growing population," said John Z. Blazevich, president and
CEO of Contessa Premium Foods.
About Compass Group: Based in Charlotte NC, Compass Group North America
is the leading foodservice and
support services company with $9.2 billion in revenues in 2009. With
386,000 associates worldwide, its parent
company, UK-based Compass Group PLC had revenues of £13.4 billion in the
year to September 30, 2009.
www.cgnad.com
About Foodbuy LLC: Foodbuy LLC is the largest Group Purchasing Company
(GPO) for high volume multi-unit
food operators in North America. Foodbuy purchases thousands of food and
non-food items from a select
number of quality suppliers and works with primary and secondary
suppliers for most categories. Their
procurement office is located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is
responsible for negotiating significant savings
by focusing on the purchasing needs of multi-unit operators on a category
by category basis.
About Contessa Premium Foods, Inc.: Contessa Premium Foods is an
environmentally and nutritionally
responsible food company producing high quality frozen seafood, prepared
meals and exotic vegetables for
retail, club, foodservice, military and private label channels. Contessa
is recognized globally for exceeding
industry standards and celebrated for its product innovation, premium
quality and environmental contribution.
In 2007, Contessa built the world's first green LEED-certified
frozen-food manufacturing plant; reducing energy
use and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 65% daily; and 100% carbon
neutral. www.contessa.com
About Monterey Bay Aquarium: The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay
Aquarium is to inspire conservation
of the oceans. The Aquarium's Seafood Watch program empowers seafood
consumers and businesses to make
choices for healthy oceans. In doing so, the program works to transform
seafood markets in ways that create
incentives for sustainable fishing and aquaculture practices.
www.montereybayaquarium.org
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Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good Morning Chefs and Buyers,
 
Prices remain stable on most catches for the beginning of the week. Just a few specials for Wednesday they are; red fish from Texas, Sturgeon from California, Golden Tile from Fla, John Dory, Amberline Jacks, Pemaquid Mussels, Turbot, and Sardines. Weather will be the big variable going into the end of the week, but staples will be available.
 
Just a short list of some sustainable seafood ideas you may want to incorporate into your menu:
 
  • Arctic Char, farm raised in Iceland
  • Mackerel, wild caught USA
  • Oysters, farmed and wild USA and Canada
  • Wild Striped Bass, USA tagged
  • Mussels, wild and farmed USA, Canada, NZ
  • Squid, wild caught USA
  • Mahi Mahi, wild Americas
  • Fresh Shrimp, farmed Belize and wild USA
  • Sardines, wild Portugal
  • Clams, farmed and wild
  • Sturgeon, farmed USA
These and others are but a few of the options available if you would like to put sustainability on your menu.
 
 

"Children and dogs are as necessary to the welfare of the country as Wall Street and the railroads."

~Harry S. Truman

 

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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Seafood Headlines


ABC News
Busser Turns Seafood Leftovers Into Works of Art
ABC News
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Solving Seafood -- Sustainably
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Seafood Restaurant Hit Multiple Times By Drivers
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Seafood Gumbo Two Ways — Beginner and Expert
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Simmer up a steaming pot of seafood gumbo. Keep things basic with canned chicken broth, frozen okra, and two simple shellfish elements — crab and shrimp. ...
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SUV plows into Baytown Seafood Restaurant
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... Lee Drive when he lost control of his vehicle, veered off the roadway, careened through a parking lot and slammed into the Baytown Seafood Restaurant. ...
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More aid needed for sustainable seafood
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12 (UPI) -- Global food security could be enhanced if developed nations increased aid for sustainable seafood production in developing nations, ...
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Serving Seafood
The Daily Advertiser
With Lent beginning next week, many residents will add more seafood dishes to their diets during the spring months. Catfish, shrimp, crawfish, crabs and ...
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Mariner Seafood gets more time to find buyer
CBC.ca
PEI Supreme Court Justice Wayne Cheverie granted Mariner Seafood more time to try and find a buyer in order to get the processing plant up and running in ...
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The Canadian Press
Seafood stir-fry celebratory dish to serve for any special function
The Canadian Press
Here is a special seafood stir-fry that could be served on any one of those occasions. Imperial Seafood Stir-Fry 250 g ( 1/2 lb) medium shrimps, ...
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Seafood suspect arrested
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A Pensacola man accused in an international conspiracy to illegally smuggle and sell mislabeled seafood to Gulf Coast restaurants, including the Eglin Air ...
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Monday, February 15, 2010

Wild Edible Seafood Update

Good morning Chefs and Buyers,
 
We hope everyone had a successful Valentines day weekend.  Today is Presidents Day, banks and government offices may be closed but we are open to serve you today, and to remember the contributions of all those who have held that great office.  The Hunts Point Fish market was closed, but we still received a lot of fresh fish direct to us. We also want to wish you a very prosperous year as we start the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese calender. The sign of the Tiger is one of Bravery and Courage two qualities that are certainly needed in these tough financial times. 
 
Featured specials today from Florida are: Fresh pink shrimp (16-20/lb), Amberline jacks (2-4lbs) a super value for a crudo quality fish, American red snappers 2 pounds and up (red fish are prized during Chinese New Year celebrations), Margate Snappers(1-2lb) a member of the bream family with meat like Tai snapper, fancy Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and just caught fresh red grouper.
 
Norwegian Halibuts are extra nice today, the fish are sized 7-17lbs and still in rigor. Quality Sturgeon from a California caviar farm is available with the fish in bullet form (head, collar, tail off) sized about 15lbs and with a great yield this fish should be on your menu. Sardines are in but there was no fresh octopus with them, sorry guys.
 
From up north we have nice dayboat cod, haddock, pollack, monk, and skate all arriving tonight.  And the weather in Nantucket seems to have cooperated, our harvesters tell us to expect bay scallops tonight.
 
"Better to live one year as a tiger, than a hundred years as a sheep"

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718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616 cell 718-679-0641
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"
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Friday, February 12, 2010

The freshest fish from the Far East

Check out this Globe and Mail article "The freshest fish from the Far East" at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/the-freshest-fish-from-the-far-east/article1462801/?service=email.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning Chefs and Buyers,
 
We are ready with a great line up of fish and shellfish for your weekend and Valentines Day menus. This winter storm has caused a few delays and split shipments, (Dover sole, New Zealand products, and some Mediterranean items) but everything should be cleaned up at our
local airports in time to ship to you Friday.
 
Fish from the northern Mass boats are all at the peak of freshness with great options like Dayboat line caught Cod and Haddock. One of our favorite little fish showed up today as well; Boston Mackerel packs more flavor and healthy omega oils than almost any other fish at a price that is hard to resist.
 
We have two flat fish that are Valentines Day menu heroes: Chilean turbot is a perennial favorite, this firm yet delicate white fish is succulent enough to stand on its own or with your best sauce. We have nice big (12-42lbs) Halibut from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Take advantage of strong consumer recognition of this menu superstar, the fish are firm and in rigor.
 
We have beautiful Arctic char today (2-4lbs), this is a sustainable farmed product raised in closed tanks on a natural diet free of antibiotics. Peach fleshed and sweet tasting it can used in any recipe calling for salmon.
 
Stone crab claws and Razor clams are available but limited to what we have in house. Please call today if you need any for the weekend, so we can secure them for you.
 
Wild striped bass are plentiful, Black sea bass are Jumbo, Mahi are bright and rosy fleshed and we have a few Red fish (2-4lbs) from Texas just in time for the lovefest.
 
We have plenty of Oysters including:
 
East Coast Varieties
  • Beau Soleil
  • Blue Point
  • Canada Cup
  • Caraquet
  • Hurricane Harbor
  • Island Creek
  • Pine Island
  • Malpeque
  • Salt Aire
  • Salutation
  • Saint Anne
  • Saint Simone
  • Pipers Cove
  • Martha's Vineyard
West Coast Varieties
  • Cortez Island
  • Elkhorn
  • Fanny Bay
  • Hama Hama
  • Hood Canal
  • Kumomoto
  • Kushi
  • Malaspina
  • Nootka
  • Pearl Point
  • Pacific Orchard
  • Pebble Beach
  • Skookum
  • Sunset Beach
  • Totten
  • Quilcene
 "The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread." 

~Mother Teresa

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"
www.wildedibles.com 
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning,
 
The snow may be blowing, but our trucks are running. You can count on Wild Edibles to deliver you the freshest seafood no matter what. We know you work hard, so we work hard for you.
 
We have some really great local specials today that include:
  • Beautiful sushi grade flukes from the Long Island Sound area
  • Great line caught haddock from the coastal waters near Martha's Vineyard
  • Golden tile fish from Barnegat Light, NJ is screaming fresh 
  • Jumbo black sea bass from non-jumbo Rhode Island
  • Harpoon swordfish from the Great Banks area, landed in Montauk
From Florida:
  • Stone Crab claws (mostly medium, some large)
  • Red Grouper
  • American Red Snappers (all sizes)
  • Fresh Domestic Octopus
We also have: Chilean Turbot, Icelandic Cod, Panama line caught Mahi-Mahi, Nova Scotia short trip Halibut, Tai Pink Snapper, John Dory, and NZ green lipped mussel.
 
"I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party." 
~Ron White 
 
Stay safe and warm,
 
 
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"
www.wildedibles.com 
http://sustainblefishmonger.com

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning all,
The week seems to be getting off to a slow start, but the weekend is sure to be a upon us all quick. If you have special needs for your Valentines menu contact us soon to secure your fish. Some selections sell out quick, and we are already very tight on Dover Sole ( If you ordered already you are covered). Chilean Turbot is likely the next fish to make the 86 list, do not miss out.
Today we have bright and clean Mahi-mahi from Panama. Dayboat Haddock (say no more), monk and skate from Massachusetts. Beautiful jumbo sized black sea bass from Rhode Island. Golden tile (4-6lbs) from Barnegut light is delightfully gleaming. Icelandic cod is unnaturally fresh and a few wolf fish are left awaiting your creative kitchen.
Our featured oyster today goes by the name Skookum: these oysters are being raised in a traditional French manner (Rack & Bag) in the Little Skookum Inlet part of Puget Sound near Olympia, WA. The shell is strong and easy to open. A well formed very deep cupped oysters, Skookum oysters have an attractive shell with a contrasting appearance due to the high mineral content of the water. Skookum oysters are plump, almost crunchy, and salty with a smokey sweet finish.
"Happy and successful cooking doesn't rely only on know-how; it comes from the heart, makes great demands on the palate and needs enthusiasm and a deep love of food to bring it to life."
~ Georges Blanc
Have a great day,

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"
www.wildedibles.com
http://sustainblefishmonger.com

Wild Edibles makes New York City Top Ten Chowders


As you may know I was a recent judge on 'Throwdown with Bobby Flay', but I did not get to judge any of these chowders. Judged as one of the cities' best from the following link is none other than Wild Edibles own Chef Paul Jambor.
New York City’s 10 Best Bowls of Clam Chowder
So if you are in the city stop in and check out Wild Edibles Oyster and Wine Bar in Murray Hill. I guarantee that all the seafood is definitely hand picked and of the highest quality.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Wild Edible Seafood Update

Good day Chefs and Buyers,
 
Well the big storm passed us by this weekend, I am sure everyone was Ok with that right? The storm had very little effect on commercial fishing, Maryland striped bass was affected, and some southern boats stayed in so that may affect fluke catches. North Carolina stripe bass should fill any gaps left from Maryland shortages, and there seems to be plenty of fluke.
 
Massachusetts cod landings have tightened up, so we have brought in the best Cod that is available. From the cold frigid waters of Iceland, and the men who fish them we have not only Day boat Icelandic cod, but also halibut, wolf fish aka http://tinyurl.com/yh8bt34 , and large red ocean perch fillet.
 Lets talk a minute about the Wolf fish, once a fairly common special of ours there have been new fishing restrictions on domestic catches here while the fishery undergoes an evaluation. The Iceland stocks of these fish are in good shape so we are able to bring them with a good conscience. The fish itself has a face only a mother could love, but the flesh of this crustacean and shellfish loving deep sea predator is mild, sweet, tender and delicious.  
 
As we mentioned before we have Iceland Halibut, same as the east coast fish, and maybe a we bit nicer.
 
We had a Jersey boat come in earlier than expected with golden tile fish, sword, and mako because of weekend storm fears. Bad for them, but good for us.
 
From Florida we have our usual Monday morning arrivals of Stone Crab (mediums), fresh trap caught octopus, grouper and snappers.
 
We have a super deal on snapper fillet today at $7.95 net price. Sizes and quantities are limited, pre orders recommended.
 
Also available: corvina, fluke, monk, mahi, wild steelhead salmon, and porgies.
 
 
 
Have a great day,
 
Matthew Hovey matth@wildedibles.com
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"
www.wildedibles.com 
http://seafoodshop.blogspot.com/
 

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good day Chefs and Buyers,
 
Wild Striped Bass are plentiful today as we see additional inland water openings in North Carolina and alternating days out of Maryland. Fish are available in a wide range of sizes from 5-20 lbs. Black sea bass prices have come down just a bit and the fish are screaming fresh.
 
Our favorite short trip Jersey boat came in late last night and served us up a load of swordfish, and mako shark. these fish are practically pulsing with freshness.
 
You can have your choice of dory today: Imported John Dory from New Zealand (4# average) or local silver dory (2# average).
 
A note about Wild Salmon: Some of you have been asking us about availability, the answer is there is a very small amount of troll Kings coming out of Sitka, Alaska at very high prices we have decided not to bring in, and artisanal caught Wild Steelhead salmon that is not only much more affordable but fish of the highest order. These big 7-11 lb wild fish are cutting out deep red and firm.
 
It wasn't easy but we managed to steal away a few big sacks of Louisiana Crayfish. Most of this weeks harvests have stayed in the Big Easy or been sent down to Miami for Super Bowl festivities.
 
Also featuring:
Maine shrimp (head on and off available), medium stone crab, grouper, pompano, snapper, and dayboat halibut.
 
We just brought in some good wild oysters from the Chesapeake Bay. Once upon a time this area was considered inexhaustible but the harvests have diminished to very low levels. Only after years of seeding and strict regulations has this wild oyster started to make a come back. Not quite as briny as their Northern cousins, they do however have a nice earthiness, and a clean finish. The season for these hand harvested oysters extends through the end of March, and supply should be fair. These are an inexpensive option if you need something for happy hour and they are a great oyster for cooked applications.
 
 
"In short, in life, as in a foot-ball game, the principle to follow is: Hit the line hard; don't foul and don't shirk, but hit the line hard!"
~Theodore Roosevelt
 

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"
www.wildedibles.com 
http://sustainblefishmonger.com

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good morning,
 
Well I guess Ol' Punxsutawney Phil was right. This morning was a regular Winter wonderland, but that didn't stop the hard working men and women in the seafood industry from getting their fabulous catches to our door.
 
From the frigid North Atlantic waters of the Flemish Cap just east of Nova Scotia we have secured Halibut that is superior. These firm and succulent fish are sized 10-40 lbs. One vat arrived today with more coming in Thursday night. Secure these fish for the weekend now.
 
Ground fish prices are rising slightly, with cod landings diminishing. We will have Dayboat fish from the cape through Saturday, but we have already contacted our Iceland fisherman for dayboat cod Monday. We will be able to hold prices in check and guarantee you the best fish available.
 
A recent opening for a very limited quota of North Carolina Coastal Atlantic Wild Striped Bass has occurred. These North Carolina fish are big and just under the NY size limits. That means most are over 10lbs with some 20lb fish available. Fish are less that 24 out of the water in rigor and with candy gills. Prices are heading a bit south so take advantage of falling prices.
 
From our trusted Florida docks we have Pompano (1-2lbs), Snapper (sizes 1-6lbs), Medium stones, and fresh octopus from the same traps.
 
We have a small batch of Crayfish from California left today, and on Friday we are getting some from the rice fields of the Louisiana Delta.
 
Also looking especially nice today are: local porgies, Australian hiramasa, and Manilla clams.
 
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
~Theodore Roosevelt
 

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"
www.wildedibles.com 
http://sustainblefishmonger.com

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Dear Chefs and Buyers,
 
 
Today's offerings are a nice mixed bag, here in our Long Island City headquarters.  Be it fin fish or shellfish, fresh or frozen, a staple or a special you can always count on Wild Edibles to deliver you the best handpicked specials from the sea.
 
Fin fish specials include:
 
  • Grey Tile (3-5lbs) from South Carolina
  • Black Sea Bass (1.5-3lbs) from Rhode Island
  • Rouget (3-4 per lb) from the Ivory Coast
  • Dover Sole (24-28oz) from Holland
Shellfish specials include:
  • Empress cut Jonah Crab claws from Maine
  • Sweet Neck Oysters from Martha's Vineyard
  • Sweet Maine shrimp from, well Maine
  • Laughing Bird Fresh peeled shrimp from Belize http://tinyurl.com/rxhgr9
Frozen specials include:
  • Portuguese and Spanish Octopus all sizes 2-8lbs
  • "Bruce Gore" frozen at sea Coho salmon http://www.triadfisheries.com/
  • Whitebait, eperlain from the Saint Lawrence Seaway
Today is Groundhog Day http://tinyurl.com/yepz2h4 and Punxsutawney Phil has predicted another 6 weeks of Winter weather.
 
"This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather."
~Phil Connors (Bill Murray) from the movie "Groundhog Day"
 

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"
www.wildedibles.com 
http://sustainblefishmonger.com

Monday, February 1, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good Monday Morning Chefs and Buyers,
 
January has come and gone and with just a week to go with restaurant week many of you are probably thinking ahead to Valentines Day. If you will have any special needs we can help, give us a call.  Today we are taking Dover sole pre orders for Thursday, prices are stable.
 
Heads up on the following items as prices are going up on Swordfish, black sea bass, and cod. Wild striped bass and monk are good buys with prices dropping slightly.
 
Florida gulf fisheries have received a larger quota for red snapper and the fish are firm fresh candy gilled and a good value. We will be seeing how prices may stabilize, but with closures on the Atlantic Coast we will have to wait and see. We also have some really engaging Amberjacks, these are the 4lb average sized Amberline jacks that cut great and are the southern equivalent to Hamachi.
 
Fluke catches are very strong, and boats are unloading fish from Connecticut to the Carolinas. Nice Fish / Nice Price.
 
Golden Tile are big and bright (8-14lbs) from Barnegat Light, NJ. Char are new and nice, but on the smaller side of 2-3lbs.
 
We also have a few big corvinas, razor clams, and fresh octopus.
 
"Away in a meadow all covered with snow
The little old groundhog looks for his shadow
The clouds in the sky determine our fate
If winter will leave us all early or late."

Don Halley
 
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"
www.wildedibles.com 
http://sustainblefishmonger.com