Shrimp Tales

  • Chef Advocate Highlight: David Culi

    DAVID CULI HYDE PARK RESTAURANT GROUP Chef Culi joined the Hyde Park Restaurant Group in 1996 as Sous Chef at the Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse Downtown Cleveland and has worked in a variety of capacities in several Hyde Park Group concepts over the past 25 years including Executive Chef at Sal & Angelo’s, Coventry Village,…

    Read More October 15, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: Bluewater Shrimp Company

    David and Kim Chauvin are big visionaries. They currently own three businesses in Dulac, Louisiana: David Chauvin Seafood Company, a fuel/ice dock, supply house, retail location and give you a 1.5-hour tour of the facilities where you take a deeper look into the domestic shrimp industry; Bluewater, an IQF processing plant; and Mariah Jade, a…

  • Fun Fact Friday: Belgium’s Horseback Shrimpers

    For nearly 700 years, the shrimpers of Oostduinkerke, Belgium, have been using draft horses to help them pursue the local catch. Typically weighing more than 2,000 pounds, these horses are well suited to the task of carrying shrimp fishermen through the cold waters of the North Sea, but only after at least a year of…

  • Shrimp School: What Were Shrimp Nickels?

    When it came to working in shrimp factories in the late 19th to early 20th century, everything operated under a unique set of rules, and how people were paid was no exception: instead of being paid in standard United States currency, factory workers were paid in units of currency referred to either broadly as tokens…

    Read More October 13, 2021
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Nathalie Dupree

    NATHALIE DUPREE South Carolinian Nathalie Dupree is a best-selling author of 14 cookbooks and the host of more than 300 television shows for The Food Network, PBS, and The Learning Channel. She has been prominently featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune as well as Bon Appétit, Food and Wine,…

    Read More October 8, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: Fisherman’s Reef Shrimp Company

    Many processing plants that line the Gulf and South Atlantic have a family lineage rooted deep in multiple generations. In the case of Fisherman’s Reef in Beaumont, Texas, it’s more like a culinary lineage: from donut shop to bakery, hamburger joint to catfish restaurants, a few other ventures in between, and then shrimp processing. It’s…

  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Ryan Prewitt

    RYAN PREWITT PÊCHE Ryan Prewitt began his culinary career in the farmer’s markets of San Francisco, where a burgeoning interest in food developed into a full-blown career. After spending time working for chefs Robert Cubberly and Alicia Jenish at Le Petite Robert Bistro, he moved to New Orleans to work with Chef Donald Link at…

    Read More October 1, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: Ocean Springs Seafood, Inc.

    At the foot of 400 Front Beach Drive in Ocean Springs, Miss., there is a piece of land with only pillars sticking up from the ground, and even though the building that once housed Ocean Springs Seafood Market, Inc., is no longer there, the history behind this property made a significant contribution to the storybook…

  • Peel & Devein Your Shrimp Like a Pro!

    Peeling and deveining raw shrimp is easier than you might think! The only things you’ll need are your hands and a paring knife. You’ll also need a receptacle for discards and, of course, some flavorful wild-caught American shrimp from one of the many members of the American Seafood Processors Association. Chef Todd Reilly, Program Lead…

    Read More September 29, 2021
  • Five (5) of 2021’s Top Cooking Trends Meet Wild American Shrimp

    The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of our lives in drastic ways, but one of the most pronounced is how much time we’ve had to spend at home self-quarantining. For many of us, this has meant more time spent in the kitchen preparing our own meals and attempting to hone our cooking skills. Because of…

    Read More September 27, 2021
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Ryan Nelson

    RYAN NELSON LATE HARVEST KITCHEN Ryan Nelson opened Late Harvest Kitchen in 2011. Late Harvest Kitchen is a locally sourced, farm-to-table restaurant and opened to rave reviews. In 2012, Indianapolis Monthly awarded the restaurant its highly coveted “Restaurant of the Year” award. Ryan serves a seasonal menu that often changes based on market availability. Ryan’s…

    Read More September 24, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: JBS Packing Company, Inc.

    Jack Hemmenway is the owner and longstanding patriarch of JBS Packing Company, Inc. located in Port Arthur, Texas. A conversation with him is a one-of-a-kind experience. Jack has dedicated his life to the shrimp industry and the collection of stories he can tell will either make you laugh, cry, or just be incredibly thankful to…

  • Ridin’ the Tide Out! Wild Shrimp Migrate and Pick Up Great Taste Along the Way

    During colder months, people across the country are left wishing for warmer days, so much so that they may travel to warmer vistas. Did you know that shrimp also try to stay warm by migrating to warmer waters? Shrimp, particularly brown shrimp, are just as opposed to the cold as we are. In fact, brown…

    Read More September 22, 2021
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: James Aptakin

    JAMES APTAKIN LAYERS OF FLAVOR If there had been a Junior Master Chef Competition when James Aptakin was ten-years-old, there is no question that he would have won the big prize. Baking shortbread and jam cookies at the age of eight and making complete dinners for family and friends by 5th grade, James was on…

    Read More September 9, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: Gulf Island Shrimp & Seafood, LLC

    Gulf Island Shrimp in Dulac, Louisiana, is comprised of two plants — Scottco and SeaTang — located right across the bayou from each other in Terrebonne Parish. In the shrimp industry, many processors come from a multi-generation, hands-on background, but that isn’t the case for Gulf Island. Although not a family-owned operation, that has never…

  • How Railroads and Ice Transformed the Shrimp Industry

    First through train from Houston, Texas, to New Orleans, Louisiana, upon the opening of Morgan’s Louisiana and Texas Railroad (1880)   In our day and age, we often don’t appreciate how easy it is to access the superior taste of wild-caught, American shrimp. From the aisles of our local grocery stores to docks populated by…