Shrimp Tales

  • 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…

  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Robert St. John

    ROBERT ST. JOHN NEW SOUTH RESTAURANT GROUP Chef, Author, Restaurateur & World-Class Eater. Robert St. John has spent almost four decades in the restaurant business. Thirty-two of those years have been as the owner, CEO and Executive Chef of the Purple Parrot Seafood & Steaks, Crescent City Grill, Mahogany Bar, Branch, Tabella, and Ed’s Burger…

  • ASPA Member Feature: Lafitte Frozen Foods, Corp.

    Lafitte Frozen Foods Corporation is a family-owned operation that has gained a solid reputation in the shrimp industry as one of the largest domestic processors in the United States. The impeccable approach to providing customers with a quality product for over three decades is attributed to the company’s dedicated team, which is comprised of a…

  • Why Are Flamingos Pink and What Does It Have to Do With Shrimp?

    The flamingo: an exotic bird perhaps most well-known for its distinct pink color. Because of this unique technicolor trait, flamingos are flocked to by adoring audiences at zoos, aquariums, and more. While it’s true that flamingos are near-synonymous with the color pink, have you ever wondered why flamingos are pink? Especially when so many other…

  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Mike Brewer

    Mike Brewer grew up in Grand Bay, Alabama learning how to cook at his mother’s heels. After 10 years as an engineer in Alabama, he decided to move to New Orleans to become Vice President of a local engineering firm. Downturns in the financial and energy markets led him to leave engineering and begin a…

    Read More September 3, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: R. A. Lesso Seafood, Inc.

    When Rudy Lesso Jr. walks into his office, he is greeted with a perfect panoramic view of the Biloxi Back Bay. On a clear blue sky kind of morning when the wind is still, the surface of the water is like glass and beautifully captures a pristine reflection of shrimp boats lined around his docks…

  • Why Shrimp Swim Backward (and the Surprising Impact It May Have On Our Oceans)

    A shrimp swimming underwater Shrimp School is now in session! Did you know that shrimp swim backward? It’s true! Shrimp may be little guys (with full-grown shrimp only measuring about three to nine inches in length), but they’ve still got places to be! So, when they’re scuttling around through the ocean, why do they do…

  • It’s Not a Contradiction: Frozen Equals Fresh When It Comes to Wild American Shrimp

    While it may seem like a contradiction, buying frozen shrimp in the grocery store or online is actually the best way to have confidence that your shrimp are as fresh as possible. That’s because every minute a shrimp is not frozen, it is losing freshness. Among the other factors to consider when buying shrimp, such…

    Read More September 1, 2021
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Jeremiah Bacon

    JEREMIAH BACON OAK STEAKHOUSE Jeremiah Bacon, a James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best Chef Southeast for three years in a row, is Executive Chef and Partner of The Indigo Road Restaurant Group’s Oak Steakhouse. Bacon joined Charleston’s beloved Oak Steakhouse in November 2010 where he presents classic steakhouse fare in an impeccable setting on downtown Charleston’s…

    Read More August 27, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: Seabrook Seafood, Inc.

    Seabrook Seafood, Inc. is based in Kemah, Texas, a beautiful waterfront city located about 20 miles south of Houston. The name Kemah is an Indian word that means “wind in my face” — a fitting description for the steadfast breeze that has guided shrimpers to reap the bountiful harvest Galveston Bay has provided for centuries….

  • How the Lapeyre Shrimp Peeling Machine Revolutionized the Industry

    The shrimp processing industry has a long and storied history, lined with a multitude of different innovations that have propelled the industry further and further forward to optimize the production of shrimp for the shrimp lovers of the world. Few inventions in the field have had a greater impact on both the Gulf Coast shrimping…

    Read More August 25, 2021
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Mike Lata

    Mike Lata is Chef/Partner of FIG Restaurant in Charleston, SC, which he opened in 2003 with Partner Adam Nemirow. FIG has been consistently voted “Best Restaurant in Charleston” by Charleston City Paper readers and continues to be a favorite local destination, and in 2014, the restaurant was nominated in 2014 and 2015 for Outstanding Wine…

    Read More August 20, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: Cox’s Wholesale Seafood

    Cox’s Wholesale Seafood, LLC is proud of its long tradition of processing premium domestic IQF shell-on and value-added shrimp and marketing their quality products to retail and foodservice markets across North America. Founded in 1978 in Tampa, Cox’s originally specialized in fresh, domestic wild-caught grouper, snapper, and other fish along with Rock Shrimp and Florida Pink…

  • Shrimp School: Why Shrimp Hearts Are in Their Heads

    Here’s a fun shrimp fact: shrimp hearts are located in their heads! Looks like shrimp don’t have to choose when it comes to going with their head or their heart! But what is the reason for this crustacean’s curious body composition? The answer, of course, comes down to biology: which means that Shrimp School is…