Tag Archives: Seafood

Why Incorporate More Seafood and Produce?

Innovative produce and seafood pairings can bring texture and creativity to your dishes and in turn build your brand and reputation. In addition to unlimited opportunities for flavor, pairing seafood and vegetables can lower food costs and make your menu more manageable through cross-utilization. Produce is versatile, accessible, and affordable, making it an ideal ingredient to differentiate your seafood dishes ...

Read More »

Octopus: The New Calamari?

octopus

Octopus has been spotted on many food trend list predictions for this year, including Pinterest’s top 2017 emerging trends. Calamari is already a staple at many restaurants, making octopus a logical next tier item when considering innovative seafood dishes to keep your menu fresh. Part of the cephalopod family that also includes squid, octopus has meaty, tender flesh with great ...

Read More »

Lobster: The Maine Event

lobster

With its firm, white meat packed with rich, sweet flavor, lobster has a high value as a premium protein. More chefs are featuring this versatile shellfish on menus across the board, from fast-casual restaurants to fine dining. Lobster also has allure for health-conscious clientele due to the crustacean’s lower caloric content, saturated fat, and cholesterol. If you want your dishes ...

Read More »

Seafood Stews

By Chef Eamon Lee, CEC Seafood stew makes sense for your menu, both from a customer demand and food cost perspective. It’s an opportunity to showcase a myriad of seafood and get creative while maximizing value through full product utilization. And, with a nod toward classical cooking techniques, everything from fish bones to shrimp shells can be used when creating ...

Read More »

Herb-Basted Swordfish Steak

The way your seafood is sourced is important to your customers. Offering versatile, large cuts of sustainable seafood conveys quality, authenticity, and most importantly, a responsibility to replenishing the Earth’s resources. The rich, golden brown herb-charred grill marks on top of the dense, meaty swordfish are reminiscent of filet mignon, providing the same high-end value yet at a better food ...

Read More »

Fare with Flair: Hispanic-Inspired Seafood Dishes

According to the National Restaurant Association’s What’s Hot report, ethnic food and global cuisine is one of the top trends of 2017. Under global flavor trends, Latin American flavors weighed in at No. 5. Adventurous, younger diners are driving this interest and customers are more worldly and sophisticated in general. Street food, especially Mexican-inspired, is also attractive to diners looking ...

Read More »

A Gulp of the Sea: Maines Top Selling Oysters

East Coast vs. West Coast Oysters The main difference between east and west coast oysters is their origin and species. East coast oysters tend to have smoother shells with rounded edges and a crisp and brinier taste while west coast oysters have jagged edges and offer sweeter, earthier flavors. Farm vs. Wild Oysters Wild oysters aren’t touched before they’re harvested, ...

Read More »