Shrimp Tales

  • 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
  • ASPA Member Feature: Smith & Sons Seafood

    Since 1955, Smith & Sons Seafood in Darien, Georgia, has operated as a successful processor gleaning from abundant shrimp harvests pulled from South Atlantic waters. Walter “Big John” Smith Jr., vice president, is the youngest of the sons and is now at the helm of the company that was started by his father, Walter “WM”…

  • Wild American Shrimp: A True Beauty Food!

    We already know that wild-caught, American shrimp are delicious to eat, but did you also know that they offer a variety of beauty-based benefits? It’s true! Shrimp are a real beauty food! While shrimp are considered to be a genuine “beauty food,” you may be wondering what that even means. Simply put, as more people…

  • 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 June 9, 2021
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Carla Snyder

    Carla has spent over 30 years in the food world as a caterer, artisan baker, cooking school teacher, culinary team building company owner, freelance food writer and co-author of numerous cookbooks. Her work has appeared in Bon Appètit, Chili Pepper, Better Homes and Gardens, Family Fun and numerous local and regional magazines and newspapers. She…

  • ASPA Member Feature: Graham Shrimp Company

    Bayou La Batre, Alabama is a land of opportunity fueled by the bounty of the Gulf of Mexico, as Ernie Anderson and his father-in-law Steve Graham of Graham Shrimp Co. Inc. will tell you after four generations of success in the shrimp and seafood processing industries. Through hard work and honest living, the faces behind…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Chef Advocate Profile: Stuart Reb Donald

    STUART REB DONALD SIP & CHEW WITH MIKE AND STU A self-taught chef, Stuart Reb Donald started cooking at the tender age of five with his grandmother. He was taught to gently knead the dough, shown the proper amount of bacon drippings to grease the pan, and finally allowed to bake his biscuit. A chef…

    Read More June 4, 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…

  • Buying Fresh Shrimp? Here’s What to Consider

    Wild American Shrimp are naturally delicious either frozen or fresh. But if you’re buying fresh shrimp, how can you know your potential purchase is truly fresh? Shrimp that have been freshly caught still have the heads on. Heads should be removed before shrimp are frozen, to prevent mushy texture. Make sure there is no “fishy”…

    Read More June 2, 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 May 27, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: Philly Seafood Co.

      Founded in 2000 but with years of shrimping history before that, Philly Seafood Co. is family-owned and operated by the Garcias. The patriarch – Edward Garcia, Sr. – has been shrimping since he was a teenager and was the first Hispanic Gulf shrimp boat owner in Matagorda Bay, Texas. Today, with his daughter Regina…

  • NOAA Releases 2021 Report on the Implementation of the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program

    NOAA Fisheries recently released its report on the implementation of the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program, or SIMP. As part of their efforts to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices, NOAA and the U.S. government have employed the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP). The goal of the program is to…

    Read More May 24, 2021
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Matthew Kajdan

    MATTHEW KAJDAN MERCHANTS FOODSERVICE Matthew Kajdan was born and raised in Madison, MS where his mother and grandmother showed him the way around the kitchen. Growing up in a large European family, he developed a taste for gourmet cooking and fine foods. Food being a part of his life at a young age helped prepare…

    Read More May 21, 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…