Shrimp Tales

  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Eric Lackey

    Eric Lackey Smuggler’s Restaurants and Bars Eric Lackey is an award-winning chef with over 25 years of experience in fine dining, currently serving as Executive Chef and Managing Director of Smuggler’s Restaurants and Bars. He worked as the Executive Chef of Ulele in Tampa, Florida, the Grill at Feather Sound and Grillmarks in Largo, as well…

    Read More December 3, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: C. F. Gollott and Son Seafood, Inc.

    Within the shrimp industry, the commonality of a family-run business holds as much pride as the Wild American product they harvest from domestic waters. Of course, not all processing plants that line the Gulf and South Atlantic have a rich story of family history, but C.F. Gollott & Son Seafood based in D’Iberville, Mississippi, embodies…

  • Do You Ask Restaurants if They Serve Wild-Caught American Shrimp?

    As people slowly but surely make their way back outside, restaurants are opening their doors once again and accommodating guests in a COVID-19 world by requesting the usage of masks and social distancing between tables. What a feeling, to be able to dine out at favorite local restaurants once again! And, of course, nothing sounds…

    Read More November 29, 2021
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Monte Sheffield

    MONTE SHEFFIELD PALMER’S RESTAURANT BAR & COURTYARD * ASPA CHEF OF THE YEAR 2020 * As a born and raised Texan, Chef Monte Sheffield’s passion for cooking and serving others dates back to his early childhood years when he would help his parents in the kitchen, prepping for their large dinner parties. “I was usually…

    Read More November 23, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: Gulf Crown Seafood Company Inc.

    Gulf Crown Seafood Company Inc. has been in operation since 1987 when it opened in Delcambre, Louisiana, which is a city centrally located on the Gulf of Mexico, and is about the halfway point between the Texas and Florida coastlines. Every morning, Jeff Floyd, president of the processing plant, drives down a special road to…

  • How to Create Your Own Recipes with Chef Robert St. John

    Robert St. John, a Wild American Shrimp Chef Advocate, writes a weekly column with topics ranging from traveling tips to cooking advice and recipes. Here is one of his columns on recipe development and how he created one of his most popular dishes. ~~~ Recipe inspiration comes from many places. Sometimes it’s a thought out of thin…

    Read More November 22, 2021
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Aaron Cuschieri

    After working under a number of the country’s most acclaimed chefs throughout the last decade of his career, Detroit native Aaron Cuschieri steps up for the very first time as an independent Executive Chef launching his own vision at The Dearborn in Chicago. An urban American tavern owned and operated by Clodagh and Amy Lawless,…

    Read More November 19, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: Captain’s Fine Foods, LLC

    Captain’s Fine Foods was founded by businessman Mac Chen, who grew up in his family’s successful seafood business. He emigrated with his family to the United States from Taiwan in 1976 but didn’t like the climate in Chicago so he and his family, including young daughter Irene, moved South to Tampa, a city whose history…

  • The Story of Largest Shrimp Ever Caught

    It’s time for another Fun Fact Friday! Did you know? Allegedly, the largest shrimp ever caught measured nearly 16 inches and was purchased for $800 by a Colombian biologist! Here’s how the story goes. According to UnderwaterTimes.com, in the middle of April 2006 in Cartagena, Colombia — right on the coast of the Caribbean Sea…

  • Jumbo’s Shrimp: A Historic Miami Restaurant

    It’s time for another Shrimp History Lesson! Today we’re talking about Jumbo’s Shrimp – a seafood restaurant icon of Miami, Florida’s Liberty City district – complete with photos of actual Jumbo’s signage and memorabilia courtesy of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana! Described by the Miami New Times as “the Temple of Fried Shrimp,” Jumbo’s…

    Read More November 15, 2021
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Ron Allen

    RON ALLEN SAS INSTITUTE Ron Allen is a chef and Senior Culinary Manager at SAS Institute in Cary, NC. SAS, one of the pioneers in analytics software, has on-campus cafes for its employees providing company subsidized breakfast and lunch for thousands of people each day. Since being hired as an assistant manager of one of…

    Read More November 12, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: Indian Ridge Shrimp Company

    Andrew Blanchard is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the history of the shrimp industry in Chauvin, Louisiana. He was born and raised in the area, and his distinguishable Cajun accent is a reflection of the cultural heritage still celebrated in this small town located on the water in Terrebonne Parish. This industry…

  • Learn How to Devein Shrimp Like a Pro!

    Have you ever eaten shrimp and noticed a thin black strip along their back? The technique to remove this strip is called deveining, but it’s actually not a vein: it’s the shrimp’s digestive tract, and the dark shade is from grit in the tract. The “vein” isn’t harmful if eaten. It’s not essential to devein…

    Read More November 10, 2021
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: John Currence

    JOHN CURRENCE CITY GROCERY RESTAURANT GROUP Chef John Currence was born and raised in New Orleans, LA to a family that loved to cook and spend time in the kitchen. His mother’s travels with his father during his childhood, combined with the family’s several years in Europe, brought the dishes of the world to their…

    Read More November 5, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: Dean Blanchard Seafood, Inc.

    Dean Blanchard Seafood is one of the largest shrimp distributors in the United States. Their advantageous location in Grand Isle, Louisiana is a convenient stop for countless shrimpers that have unloaded at the dock for more than 30 years. This fishing town full of heritage and history is a Mississippi River Delta barrier island that…

  • They Might Be Shrimp, But They Grow Quickly!

    Wild American Shrimp thrive in the nutrient-rich waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic Ocean. So, is it any wonder they can grow this quickly: about one inch every seven to ten days? They’re in an ideal environment to not only grow but to adopt the delicious flavors that are unique to…

    Read More November 1, 2021