Shrimp Tales

  • Wild American Shrimp’s 2019 Chef of the Year David Guas Announces Re-Opening of the Bayou Bakery in Arlington, Virginia

    This week, the Wild American Shrimp’s 2019 Chef of the Year David Guas has announced the re-opening of his popular Arlington, Virginia-based restaurant, the Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar & Eatery! When we last heard from, Chef Guas had unfortunately shut down the Bayou Bakery temporarily out of an abundance of caution due to  COVID-19. While…

    Read More August 26, 2020
  • 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…

    Read More August 25, 2020
  • ASPA Member Feature: Al’s Shrimp Company

    Al’s Shrimp Company Al Marmande, third-generation owner of Al’s Shrimp Company in Theriot, Louisiana, lays a special claim to shrimp fame as one of the oldest continuing shrimp drying operations in the United States. The Marmande family, which was one of the original French families in the south Louisiana area, can trace its roots all…

    Read More August 18, 2020
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Carla Snyder

    Carla has spent the past 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 6 cookbooks. Her work has appeared in Bon Appètit, Chili Pepper, Better Homes and Gardens, Family Fun, and numerous local and regional magazines and newspapers….

    Read More August 13, 2020
  • 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…

    Read More August 11, 2020
  • ASPA Member Feature: Graham Shrimp Company

    Bayou La Batre, Ala., 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…

    Read More August 4, 2020
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Matthew Kajdan

    MATTHEW KAJDAN ESTELLE WINE BAR & BISTRO 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…

    Read More July 30, 2020
  • 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…

    Read More July 28, 2020
  • MEDIA RELEASE: ASPA Applauds Congressman Scalise’s Work to Protect American Consumers from Toxic Foreign Shrimp

            July 24, 2020  Biloxi, Mississippi – The American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) applauds U.S. Representative Steve Scalise (R-La.) for his continued support of the wild-caught American shrimp industry. Yesterday, Congress passed an amendment to H.R. 7610, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2021 that provides $6…

    Read More July 24, 2020
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Tory Miller

    TORY MILLER ESTRELLON On any given Saturday at the Dane County Farmers’ Market held in Capitol Square—the heart of Madison, WI—it’s common to see Tory Miller in his chef whites. A wagon brimming with produce tailing behind him, Miller greets the hundreds of farmers, ranchers, cheesemakers, and artisans at the nation’s largest producer-only farmers’ market…

    Read More July 23, 2020
  • 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…

    Read More July 21, 2020
  • ASPA Member Feature: Captain’s Fine Foods, LLC

    Captain’s Fine Foods was founded by businessman Mac Chen, who grew up in his family’s successful seafood business. He emigrated with his family to the United States from Taiwan in 1976 but didn’t like the climate in Chicago so he and his family, including young daughter Irene, moved South to Tampa, a city whose history…

    Read More July 14, 2020
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Scott Varnedoe

    SCOTT VARNEDOE JUBAN’S Chef Scott Varnedoe has been cooking up Louisiana cuisine for nearly 20 years. Born in Pensacola, Florida, and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Scott Varnedoe’s early exposure to food and cooking came through his parents and brother- all accomplished cooks. Inspired to follow in his brother’s footsteps, Varnedoe studied under Louisiana legend…

    Read More July 9, 2020
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Rob Stinson

    ROB STINSON THE REEF Chef Rob Stinson attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, majoring in business management. He trained under Cordon Bleu Chef Gerald Thabuis; former Chef for President of France, Charles DeGaulle; Master Italian Chef Ciro Cuomo, and Creole Chef Nathaniel Burton. Stinson is executive chef and owner of three award-winning restaurants on the…

    Read More July 2, 2020
  • ASPA Member Feature: Gulf Pride Enterprises, Inc.

    Gulf Pride Enterprises, Inc. is naturally all about one thing: pride. It’s a word that represents the 60-year-old family-operated Biloxi business well — a company now run by owner Wally Gollott. Not only does the name signify a high standard of quality for the 50,000 pounds of wild-caught Gulf shrimp processed daily during the season,…

    Read More June 30, 2020
  • Chef Advocate Highlight: Geraldo Bayona

    GERALDO BAYONA COLUMBIA RESTAURANT Named corporate chef in 2005, Geraldo Bayona (Chef Jerry) is based at the flagship, 112-year-old Columbia Restaurant℠ in Tampa’s historic Ybor City, which remains Florida’s oldest restaurant. The restaurant has fifteen different dining rooms, with seating for 1,700 people. Fourth-generation co-owner and Columbia Restaurant Group President, Richard Gonzmart, has turned to…

    Read More June 25, 2020