Shrimp Tales

  • 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 the last 35 years is attributed to the company’s dedicated team, which is comprised of…

    Read More June 15, 2020
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Chef Peter Vauthy

    PETER VAUTHY RED, THE STEAKHOUSE Executive Chef Peter Vauthy is turning the steakhouse business on its side and mixing things up while staying true to his homegrown roots. Inspired by what he learned from his family while incorporating his unique perspective on the classics, Chef Vauthy’s envelope-pushing culinary masterpieces stem from the marriage of innovation…

    Read More June 11, 2020
  • 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 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 that…

    Read More June 9, 2020
  • 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 June 4, 2020
  • 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, 48, owner, grew up in an ever-changing industry that was started by his…

    Read More June 2, 2020
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Tory McPhail

    TORY MCPHAIL COMMANDER’S PALACE 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. At age 19,…

    Read More May 28, 2020
  • 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…

    Read More May 26, 2020
  • 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 May 21, 2020
  • 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, 43, is the youngest of the sons and is now at the helm of the company that was started by his father, Walter…

    Read More May 19, 2020
  • 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 May 14, 2020
  • ASPA Member Feature: Indian Ridge Shrimp Company

    Andrew Blanchard is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the history of the shrimp industry in Chauvin, Louisiana. He was born and raised in the area, and his distinguishable Cajun accent is a reflection of the cultural heritage still celebrated in this small town located on the water in Terrebonne Parish. This industry…

    Read More May 12, 2020
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Kevin Nashan

    KEVIN NASHAN SIDNEY STREET CAFE Chef Kevin Nashan, James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: Midwest, is chef/owner of the acclaimed Sidney Street Cafe and The Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. in St. Louis. Nashan has been at the helm of Sidney Street Cafe for more than 10 years, where he crafts dishes with a myriad…

    Read More May 7, 2020
  • 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…

    Read More May 6, 2020
  • 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….

  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Simon Brown

    SIMON BROWN SEAFOOD R’EVOLUTION Originally from Scotland, Chef Simon Brown has worked extremely hard to make a name for himself since coming to the States almost 7 years ago. Starting his culinary career as a dishwasher in Dundee, Scotland at age 13, Brown worked his way up through the ranks to win Young Scottish Chef…

    Read More April 30, 2020
  • ASPA Member Feature: Ocean Springs Seafood

    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…

    Read More April 28, 2020