Shrimp Tales

  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Tory McPhail

    TORY MCPHAIL REVELRY, JAM! AND DAVE’S SUSHI A native of Ferndale, Washington, a small agricultural town on the Canadian border, Tory McPhail grew up on his family’s farm, eating fresh, locally sourced foods and building an early appreciation for their origin. After attending school in Seattle, Chef McPhail opted for a start in New Orleans….

    Read More January 14, 2022
  • ASPA Member Feature: Pamlico Packing Company

    Pamlico Packing Company is one of North Carolina’s premier processing operations, as well as a top supplier of specialty seafood products to various markets all along the East Coast. Bountiful harvests of shrimp, flounder and Atlantic Blue Crab are pulled seasonally from the state’s Pamlico Sound, the nation’s largest lagoonal estuary, and second in size…

  • How Tacos Made with Sweet Gulf Shrimp Helped Save an Austin Food Business

    Beth DiBaggio and Rafael Rodriguez were running a successful catering company, La Pera, in Austin, Texas – whipping up locally-sourced Latin dishes and catering 250 to 300 events of a wide variety every year for two years – only for everything to come to a dramatic halt after the onset of the coronavirus. Now, they’ve…

  • How TV Helped Popularize Shrimp

    An old saying goes, “Without the past, there is no future,” and we couldn’t agree more, especially when we think about all the incredible things that had to happen for the American shrimp industry to flourish. Entire generations of working with shrimp as we know today wouldn’t be nearly as prosperous without several key advancements…

    Read More January 12, 2022
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Brody Olive

    BRODY OLIVE PERDIDO BEACH RESORT Chef Brody Olive heads the culinary team at Perdido Beach Resort as the Executive Chef. In this role, he leads the culinary team encompassing all food and beverage operations throughout the hotel’s four restaurants and multiple banquet facilities. Chef Olive brings to the resort an impressive background of training and…

    Read More January 7, 2022
  • ASPA Member Feature: Dominick’s Seafood, Inc.

    Dominick’s Seafood, founded in 1992 by Dominick Ficarino, is just the latest venture in four generations of shrimp and seafood processing in the Ficarino family. With a fleet of seven boats named after family members like Dominick’s mother (Miss Barbara), his wife (Miss Loraine), his two daughters (Miss Ashleigh and Miss Hannah) and more, the…

  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Mike Koerner

    MIKE KOERNER CHEZ MIKEY Chef Mike Koerner was born and raised in Deerfield, Illinois, and was exposed to a wide array of cultures early on. Culinary excellence was in Mike’s DNA with Swedish, Italian, and Hungarian blood. His Italian grandmother was the first to take Mike under her wing and teach the basics of Italian…

    Read More December 30, 2021
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Jim Smith

    CHEF JIM SMITH THE HUMMINGBIRD WAY Jim Smith is the former Executive Chef of the State of Alabama and Chairman of the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission. As the state chef, he placed an emphasis on using the best local ingredients and has made strides to encourage the support of local farmers and Alabama fishers. He…

    Read More December 23, 2021
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Geraldo Bayona

    GERALDO BAYONA COLUMBIA RESTAURANT Geraldo Bayona (Chef Jerry) is based at the flagship, over 115-year-old Columbia Restaurant℠ in Tampa’s historic Ybor City, which remains Florida’s oldest restaurant, where he has worked for over 20 years. Fourth-generation co-owner and Columbia Restaurant Group President, Richard Gonzmart, has turned to Chef Jerry to help create menu items and…

    Read More December 17, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: Wood’s Fisheries

    The Wood family has been fishing in the sleepy Gulf Coast town of Port St. Joe, Florida since 1860. When it comes to seafood, the Woods have done it all. They caught mullet to make oil and hopped on board a shrimp boat soon after diesel engines became available. Although Wood’s Fisheries is a fifth-generation…

  • Chef Advocate Highlight: David Dickensauge

    DAVID DICKENSAUGE BEAUSOLEIL COASTAL CUISINE David Dickensauge has scaled great culinary heights to learn from the best in the restaurant industry. Over twenty years after venturing out on his own, he is blazing his own path as chef of Beausoleil Coastal Cuisine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Beginning in New Orleans, he worked under James Beard Award-winner…

    Read More December 10, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: Paul Piazza & Son, Inc.

    For more than 125 years and through four generations, the Paul Piazza & Son family has been providing Premium, Wild-Caught Gulf Shrimp to customers throughout the United States. From the beginning, the company has always worked to be the perfect partner for its customers and continues that tradition to this day. “Our objective is to…

  • How Railroads and Ice Revolutionized 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…

    Read More December 8, 2021
  • 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