Shrimp Tales

  • Shrimp School: The History of Jumbo’s Shrimp in Miami, Florida

    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 July 28, 2021
  • Shrimp: The Protein-Packed Superfood

    Wild-caught shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic aren’t just packed full of delicious flavor, they’re also filled with a variety of nutrients that can improve your health. This includes a key macronutrient that helps you build and maintain muscle mass: protein! It seems that everyone is always trying to find new ways…

    Read More July 26, 2021
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Justin Devillier

    JUSTIN DEVILLIER LA PETITE GROCERY Justin Devillier was raised in Dana Point, California, a small beach town in South Orange County. He spent summers fishing for Yellowtail and Albacore tuna, and in the fall and winter, he would dive for lobsters just steps from his front door. This bounty of local seafood inspired him to…

    Read More July 23, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: Sea Pearl Seafood Company, Inc.

    The Ladnier family of Sea Pearl in Bayou La Batre, Alabama can trace its roots back to the 1700s when French settlers came to the central Gulf Coast. In fact, the city of Pass Christian, Mississippi was named after family ancestor Christian Ladiner (the spellings evolved over the years), and the family has been connected…

  • 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…

  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Katie Dixon

    KATIE DIXON THE BIRDHOUSE CAFE Katie’s love for food was born from a desire to fuel her body while developing a passion for healthy eating. Her heart is to nourish and heal lives with good nutrition that leaves your body & your tastebuds satisfied. Katie opened the Birdhouse Cafe in 2017 to create an environment…

    Read More July 16, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: Carson & Company, Inc.

      Carson & Company was founded in 1976 in the historic French fishing village of Bon Secour, Alabama by accountant-turned-shrimp processor, Carson Kimbrough. After several years of wearing a coat and tie in his previous career as an accountant, the Alabama native had a desire to do something a little less formal and a lot…

  • 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…

  • Learn the Safe, Easy Way to Thaw Shrimp — and How to Size Them Up

    Frozen wild-caught American shrimp are conveniently always available in your freezer after you’ve bought them, but do you know the proper way to thaw them before using them in your favorite dishes? There are numerous factors to consider, but once you’ve got the process down-pat, it’s quick and easy to thaw shrimp for all of…

    Read More July 14, 2021
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Erik Niel

    ERIK NIEL EASY BISTRO Erik Niel was raised in Mandeville, Louisiana, a community on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain and an hour away from the Gulf. He describes it as a place where people care deeply about food, and everyone has that special dish they’re known for throughout the community. “In Southern Louisiana, food…

    Read More July 9, 2021
  • Learn the Best Way to Peel and Devein Your Shrimp

    If you’ve ever gone to your local grocery store to purchase wild-caught American shrimp or ordered them online, you’ve probably noticed just how many ways shrimp can be sold. Head-on, headless, peeled and deveined, tails-on: all of them used in different ways for a variety of recipes. Unless you’re going with shrimp that have been…

    Read More July 7, 2021
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Chris Hastings

    CHRIS HASTINGS HOT AND HOT FISH CLUB & OVENBIRD RESTAURANT Christopher Hastings is the Chef and co-owner of Hot and Hot Fish Club and Ovenbird Restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Hastings is a graduate of the Johnson & Wales Culinary School in Providence, Rhode Island. After graduation, Hastings moved to…

    Read More July 2, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: Tidelands Seafood Company, Inc.

    The banks of Bayou Grand Caillou in Dulac, Louisiana, have been home to many shrimp processors over the last century. Although only a handful now remain, Tidelands Seafood Company, a fourth-generation family-owned company, is still operating and open today. Alan “Andy” Gibson, the owner, grew up in an ever-changing industry that was started by his…

  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Nick Wallace

    Gifted, talented and inspired by nature, Chef Nick Wallace’s mission is to remain focused on the beauty of food. Nick was voted one of 2017’s Best Chefs America. He did not stop there as he appeared in Southern Living and on Comfort Nation Season 2, was honored to be Mississippi’s first Food Network’s Chopped Champion,…

    Read More June 25, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: Trico Shrimp Company

    “I’ve been involved in the shrimping industry in some way pretty much my whole life.” So begins the story of Dennis Henderson, founder and co-owner of Trico Shrimp Company in Fort Myers, Florida. Born 20 miles south of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Dennis Henderson moved down south with his family in 1961 when he was in the…

  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Jon Gibson

    JON GIBSON WHEELHOUSE OPP *ASPA’S 2017 CHEF OF THE YEAR* Chef Jon Gibson started his culinary career “flippin’ burgers” at the local Hardee’s restaurant and kept moving by trying his hands at tossing pizza dough at the local Domino’s and Pizza Hut. Chef Gibson has always been in or near the restaurant business by either…

    Read More June 18, 2021