Fortune Fish & Gourmet

The Seafood & Gourmet Specialists

It’s never too early to show love to moms, but you can be too late, so spend the next few days organizing menus and completing checklists to ensure that you are ready to show out for some VIPs. Mother’s Day is a BIG day for the food service industry and the signs of Spring suggest it will be a lovely weekend. We have a lot to make up for from last year, so get the bouquets and beignets ready, it’s time serve up something special.

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If April showers bring the flowers, then what does all this wind bring? Not a lot of fish, that’s for sure. High winds and storms on both coasts have wreaked a little havoc on supply this week. We are ducking, dodging and diving to make your seafood wishes come true. Read below to see what’s happening to some popular species you may carry.

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The signs are all around us. Clocks are jumping forward, there are longer windows of daylight, and the doors of gorgeous weather are agape and teasing our senses. Spring is here and it is bringing flowers of hope and happiness. There is a palpable recognition that we deserve something wonderful, and we are going to will this season to start the good times. Here are some updates on the fishes and dishes.

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We are looking ahead this week to some sunny days and exciting openings. Seems like the tides are turning, birds are chirping, and snow is melting, all in time to shake the hibernation off our manes. It’s time to stretch those claws and dig in on the new ground under us.

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Many of us have spent the last couple of weeks digging out of this cold. Stuck with sore backs and frozen noses, it has been a real test of wills between us and Mother Nature. Some will get tested again, soon enough, with the Lenten Season upon us. Lent starts this week - and, for some, that means saying goodbye to a favorite indulgence. The good news is that with the beautiful Seafood we have to offer, you never have to sacrifice flavor. Here is an outlook you can abide to.

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The Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras – if there is a time for everything under the sun, then I would have to say the next few weeks will be a time for celebration – and, I’ll say, it’s long overdue. There’s no better time than now to start the hype train, so let’s get rolling while the tracks are clear, and the light is green.

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Outside, the story is a predictable one: winter, snow, and cold. But, inside us, there is a palpable spring in each step; a discernable eagerness and hope that there’s enough light ahead to melt away the fear and start the city’s engine once again. Opportunity is dawning ahead of us as a new breath energizes our industry. It’s time, finally, to reinvigorate the spirit of hospitality.

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A new year means new opportunities, whether that be innovative dining or the playoffs, we are ready to write the next chapter. Staying healthy is at the top of many resolution lists and it all starts with diet. We are here to enliven everyone’s to-do list and help you prove that eating well can be a delicious endeavor.

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The finish line is so close, you can almost feel it beckoning, like a glistening red ribbon waiting to be snipped so that we can open the gift that is 2021. Before we say auf wiedersehen and old acquaintance be forgot, we should take these holidays to revel in the simple fact that we have made it here and celebrate the largeness in that. Tis’ the season for such reflection and appreciation of all that we still have and all that we have left to give. Fortune would like to thank you all for making this journey with us, and we know - that together - the future will be brighter and better.

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The festival of lights begins this weekend and, hopefully, in a few weeks Santa will find his way, as we sure could use some hope and cheer, not to mention a sleigh full of vaccines. It is the season for merriment and no pandemic should get in the way, even one that has outstayed its welcome. It’s time to put the negativity behind us and look to appreciate the day in front of us. What a wonderful world - it can be.

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We would like to start this week off by thanking all our Veterans. It is important to remember their sacrifices because our freedoms do not come cheap. In order to celebrate our incredible nation, you are going to need excellent fare.

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It's midway through National Seafood Month, and we are seeing Mother Nature balance her inventory. Just as one season closes, another one opens, so that we are never without choices. It’s a beautiful pendulum that keeps our bellies full of the healthiest protein. Here’s an update on the revolving doors.

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The moon will be on full display as September passes the torch to October this week. The dim fall lighting is already settling in and soon we will have to reset our clocks to back up the fading light. There’s hope ahead, though. In this city, there’s plenty of baseball left, the Bears are finding ways to win, and our patios are holding off the winter with brave faces and collective ingenuity. There’s that electricity in the air, with that feeling, that yes, we can do this...so let’s get to work.

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This Labor Day weekend is bringing a lot of baggage as it rolls into town. With many of us in this industry just struggling to stay working, it seems like a perfect opportunity to pause and take a look around. You can’t deny the amazement you may feel just to still be here, white-knuckled and hanging on. There’s a lot of work ahead of us, including this weekend, but we would like to thank you all for doing what you do and want you to remember the why and what it means to keep going. Keep Calm and Cook on…

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Summer sunsets are dwindling down as the pinks and blues are fading faster by the minute. We are headed into that liminal space where Nature adjusts Her scales; in between a recoiling summer and yawning fall. Don’t get caught hanging on to season’s past or waiting empty handed for the next to come. Here are some items to keep the kitchen hot for the next few weeks.

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As if we don't have enough disruptions in our lives right now, hurricane season was made official in Florida this weekend, and Isaias has continued to ravage the East Coast this week. As residents prepared to take cover, boats were chased to shore by a middle-management hurricane. Fishermen will try to get back out this week; most of the smaller vessels were hardest hit with the longest delays, but the good news for us is that we have a plethora of fresh fish and other wonderful items to offer to give the week a sunny outlook no matter what the days bring. Here’s a look on the bright side…

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July’s heat is busy turning concrete into lava as summer is reaching its tipping point. Hopefully the wave will crest, and we can ride some comfortable temperatures into August. For now, we can all enjoy dining out in the shade with some light fare and cool specials.

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Looking for certainty this week? Well, like the old saying goes, death and taxes are for sure, and, at least from Fortune, you can count on great fish. You can keep the fireworks going this week with some tried and true stalwarts and some exciting specials. Here’s what’s on the dock…

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Summer has begun and with July sitting on deck, it’s hard to imagine that we have made it here in one piece. But here we are, the fish are running, the kegs are pumping, and it looks like we will get our party on in the masked face of some indelible odds. In a world of mixed messages, trepidation, and immediate judgement, sometimes keeping the party going is all you can, or need, to do.

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