Fortune Fish & Gourmet

The Seafood & Gourmet Specialists

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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Our industry has been rocked with setbacks the last few months, culminating with last week’s looting and destruction. It feels as if everything that can be thrown at us has been, including the kitchen sink. Yet, here we are, on the brink of Father’s Day and Summer, prepping and persevering. In the midst of all the healing that needs to happen, we are here to spread the message of hope, and love, and equality by opening our doors and our tables to the opportunity to break bread together. Our businesses provide a space for all people to converge and share their food, their ideas, their heartbreak, and their joy. This industry is built around strong individuals that have a calling and who, when tried, will refuse to surrender. Ours is a passion, not a profession. We can’t solve all the problems in a day, or go back to the way it was, but we can start putting new pieces together for a better tomorrow. Here are some options to help feed those who are hungry for some good news.

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Life has changed significantly in these last few months. We have seen communities coming together showing their love for each other, and we hear the words ‘Thank You’ a lot more these days. All sports are still under the lock down, no baseball, no Indianapolis 500 during the Memorial Day weekend, no sporting events all over the world. This year is a different year with streets still empty due to the virus, slowly but surely we are starting to see things slowly begin to open up with new guidance from our local governments along with that comes new ways to work with lower capacities, and wearing a face mask is the new normal. On the bright side, the start of summer, warm weather, a little rain, and grilling season is here.

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New recipes, old friends, Insta-stars, holidays, National BBQ month…no matter what the reason is, they are all good for getting people motivated to expand their culinary horizons. Many of life’s little commercial pleasures have been stripped from us, but it’s undeniable that people not only have to eat, but they also really enjoy it. It’s one of those innate desires that brings us satisfaction and delight. So, in that spirit, here are some options that will deliver a smile to the table.

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We may have to keep apart from each other - but, thankfully, we don’t have to social distance from the beautiful bounty that is springing up all around us. Not all states are allowing restaurants to open their doors yet, but that isn’t stopping the tulips from popping or the trees from budding. With all these colors comes Mother's Day and Fortune has a bounty of items from land and sea to make her day special and show her how much we appreciate her.

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Many of people sheltering in place are yearning for creative activities to occupy our minds and hands with all this newfound home time. Cooking at home is one remedy that has numerous positive attributes. It creates positive memories with long lasting family bonds, encourages curiosity in foreign foods, and best of all better communication skills and teamwork between our families.

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We are well into the thick of it concerning the Corona virus, and we are all adapting to survive. Empty streets and silenced store fronts are haunting images of a shuttered society, but, inside the fabric of every family, the lights are staying on as people are staying in. There is a flickering hope that swells in these micro-communities that are brought together around dinning room tables across the country. Whether its Skype dinners, Whatsapp cocktail dates, or simple speaker-phone meal preps, we are staying connected and staying fed. Here are some insights into how to keep feeding the nation.

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We are slowly learning what it means to live in a corona-present world, taking one lump at a time, and it appears that the cloudy future is more than mystifying. Our industry is based on gathering people together, hosting them and feeding them, tenets that will have a hard time surviving in this new world. We will have to adapt and find new ways to support our customers and communities. The strength of our creativity and collective imagination is going to be tested, but, people will eat.

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We are going to roll the clocks forward this weekend and hopefully get a running start into Spring. It’s time to catch the days by the tail. In order to get ahead, you must find the savings, those hiding and those right under your nose. It’s not easy in a topsy-turvy world such as Seafood, but with some attention and a little help from Mother Nature, you just may make it into the next season leaning forward instead of falling backward.

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Mardi Gras is approaching fast and, with it, the Lenten Season, which means we get to sacrifice that favorite treat for what seems like forever. But before we go into that life of abstinence, we get to live it up and gorge ourselves, culminating with Fat Tuesday, the party of all parties. Time to get the gumbo going and beads strung, the mud bugs are ready and so are we; it’s time to kick it up, Cajun style. While most of us are planning for the ruckus, our team in Minnesota is taking a different type of plunge into madness. To help raise money for the Special Olympics, brave members of Fortune Minnesota are jumping into a freezing lake on February 29th.

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Whether you spend Valentine’s Day courting romantic glances with sparkling bouquets or in dark rooms watching horror films consuming way too much pizza, if you’re reading this and, in the industry, there’s no way of avoiding the food service beast that is Valentine’s Day. The magnitude and heft of the holiday is thrust upon the food industry every year and we all do our best not to succumb to the pressure of making millions of peoples’ dinners something special, something to remember. To do this right, you’re going to need to plan ahead, order early, and order outside the menu.

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The holidays are getting neatly packed away, ready for another bout with dormancy until once again the season will call for their purpose. The doors of 2020 are officially open wide to the goals, aspirations and tepid promise that a new opportunity brings.

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Getting caught up in the rush and bustle of the holiday season is understandable. We are all going so fast and furious that it’s easy to forget what we are doing and what we are doing it for. Reflecting on how lucky we are, this is the perfect time and space to talk about how we can all give back. SeaShare is the perfect vehicle to bring your well wishes into motion.

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Yes, it may be getting colder, but with that chill comes a warming electric feel that only the beginning of the winter season can bring. You can almost hear party engines revving with the excitement of delicious food to come. Winter storms can shuffle menus with just a snap of Jack Frost’s fingers, so get your turtle doves in a row and begin your prep now so that you can keep the bells jingling all the way!

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According to the commercials, the holiday season is upon us and, hopefully, the jingle and cheer will help thaw the early winter weather and bring everyone out of hibernation. It’s important to standout during the rush – so, this year, consider shaking up the traditional fare by offering some twists and turns to your routine.

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The practice of Daylight Saving’s Time celebrates its 101st anniversary this year. With the shorter colder days upon us, it’s a perfect time to get reacquainted with our ovens and baking sheets. It’s time to fill our homes with delicious aromas and our bellies with scrumptious baked goods.

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The fall leaves can take your breath away with their beauty and make the whole world feel in bloom. You may not realize, but the leaves don’t actually change their colors. They simply reveal the natural plumage that was hiding underneath the sun-kissed chlorophyll green the entire time. While many gourmands are always looking for the next best “new” thing to plate, few realize that some of most delicious and delicate options lay right in front of them, hiding in plain sight.

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October is National Seafood Month, which means that while we are reminding everyone how good seafood is for them and that they should eat more of it, we are also combating the changing temperatures and seasons of what’s coming in and what’s gong out. . It’s a wild business with the only wild protein left to catch, which makes seafood worth celebrating every day. Along with seafood the fall kicks off holiday celebrations with cocktails to accompany the fall dishes.

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There may be a few weeks before the trees get into their oranges and yellows but, for us, it’s already that time to pull on our favorite team’s colors and represent. Win or lose, it’s always fun to partake in good food and good company. Pre-gaming with some delicious bites can often be the best part of the game; at least everyone wins when there is something sizzling on the grill. So, without further ado, it’s time to tailgate!

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