Fortune Fish & Gourmet

The Seafood & Gourmet Specialists

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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