Shrimp Tales

  • Five (5) of 2021’s Top Cooking Trends Meet Wild American Shrimp

    The COVID-19 pandemic has altered 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…

    Read More March 23, 2021
  • 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 March 19, 2021
  • ASPA Member Feature: Gulf Crown Seafood Company Inc.

    Gulf Crown Seafood Company Inc. has been in operation since 1987 when it opened in Delcambre, Louisiana, which is a city centrally located on the Gulf of Mexico, and is about the halfway point between the Texas and Florida coastlines. Every morning, Jeff Floyd, president of the processing plant, drives down a special road to…

  • 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, Florida, 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…

    Read More March 17, 2021
  • 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 March 11, 2021
  • 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…

  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Simon Brown

    SIMON BROWN BLAKE STREET HOUSE Originally from Scotland, Chef Simon Brown has worked extremely hard to make a name for himself since coming to the States many 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 March 5, 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…

  • Ridin’ the Tide Out! Wild Shrimp Migrate and Pick Up Great Taste Along the Way

    Over the last few months, the U.S. has experienced below-freezing temperatures in every state, leaving people across the country wishing for warmer days. 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…

  • 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…

    Read More March 4, 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 March 3, 2021
  • 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…

    Read More February 26, 2021
  • 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…

  • 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 February 19, 2021
  • 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 February 17, 2021
  • Enjoy These Delicious Shrimp Recipes During Lent

    Individuals the world over will begin participating in Lent this week. But for those who are not familiar, what is Lent? It is the 40-day period between Ash Wednesday (which this year is Wednesday, February 17, 2021)  and Easter (Sunday, April 4, 2021) that is observed by many Christians. During this time, individuals typically give…

    Read More February 16, 2021