Tom Douglas' Corporate Executive Chef, Chris Schwartz, Shows Off His Skills with a Pan-Roasted Wild Alaska Pollock Dish

On this episode of On Foodable, Executive Chef Chris Schwartz from Tom Douglas Restaurants explains the newfound role of being a chef in today’s day and age and why it’s important to continue looking for new resources to cook with.

Chef Schwartz mentions, “When people come to Seattle, they automatically want Halibut, Salmon, or Dungeness Crab, which is great. But, as you know, those (resources) are limited to a certain extent, so we have to be on the forefront of figuring out what else is out there.”

During Foodable.io Seattle, Chef Schwartz prepares a unique dish using wild Alaska pollock, provided by Trident Seafoods. The wild Alaska pollock is paired with harissa, moroccan-like chili paste, used to glaze a newaukum delicata squash. Chef Schwartz tops his dish off with a drizzle of a charred jalapeno-basil vinaigrette, giving another kick of flavor and spice to the overall dish.

About Pan-Roasted Wild Alaska Pollock with Harissa and Honey-Roasted Newaukum Delicata Squash


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About the Dish

Ingredients:

Harissa Glaze

  • 6 oz. Harissa Paste

  • 1 oz. Red Wine Vinegar

  • ½ Red Onion, minced

  • Lemon Juice, ½ of lemon

  • 1 oz. Warm Water

  • ½ c. Olive Oil

  • ¼ c. Honey

  • 4T. Chopped Parsley

Preparation:

  1. Combine all ingredients and season with salt and pepper.

Charred Jalapeno-Basil Vinaigrette

  • ¾ c. Red Onion, diced

  • ¼ c. Red Wine Vinegar

  • ¼ c. Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1 ½ T. Salt

  • 4ea. Jalapenos

  • 4ea. Red Fresco Chilis

  • ¼ c. Honey

  • 1 ½ T. Dijon Mustard

  • 1T. Garlic, finely chopped

Preparation

  1. Combine the first four listed ingredients and let sit for ten minutes

2. Begin preparing jalapenos and Fresco chilis by removing the ends and cores from each

3. Slightly char in a pan with olive oil (keep them firm)

4. Add to mixture when ready (season with salt, pepper and chopped basil as needed)

Harissa and Honey Roasted Newaukum Delicata Squash

  • 1 Newaukum Delicata Squash

Preparation

  1. Remove seeds from squash and slice into half-sized rings

  2. Toss in Harissa glaze and season with salt and pepper

  3. Preheat oven to 450°F and cook on sheet pan for 20 minutes

Pan-Roasted Wild Alaska Pollock

  • 4ea. 4-6 oz. Skin-on Pollock Fillets

  • 1 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter

  • Salt and Pepper

Preparation:

  1. Heat saute pan over medium-low heat

  2. Rub olive oil on fillets then place in saute pan (skin side down)

  3. Quick saute each side for 3-4 minutes, adding butter in between to baste fillets


Executive Chef Chris Schwartz has spent the last 30 years in the restaurant industry overseeing, leading and managing kitchens, along with a small army of chefs, sous chefs and cooks. He is an invaluable leader to Tom Douglas and his business-partner wife, Jackie Cross. The couple own and operate 14 restaurants, including Seatown Market Diner, another successful Seattle-based Douglas restaurant. Their variety of offerings can be enjoyed during any season, whether you’re staying warm with chowder during the winter or cooling off with a seafood cocktail during the summer!


How Rich's Helps Define Clean Label and Sustainability

Consumers are demanding authenticity.

Authenticity in their products, foods, brands, you name it.

On this episode of The Barron Report, Jen VanDewater, Vice President of Health and Authenticity at Rich Products Corporation, sits down with our host Paul Barron to discuss how a large company like Rich’s is addressing consumer concerns over clean labeling and authenticity when it boils down to the products they offer.

Listen above to learn more about this company’s sustainability and social efforts!


Show Notes:

  • 03:57 - Driving Factor Pushing Companies To Make Changes

  • 04:32 - Defining Clean Label

  • 06:47 - How Rich's Monitors The Market

  • 08:29 - Social Trends Monitoring

  • 10:47 - Trends In The Marketplace

  • 11:38 - Customer Portfolio Analysis

  • 13:06 - Verifying If Products have a Clean Label

  • 14:16 - How Rich's Looks at Data around Clean Label

  • 18:31 - Trends in Consumer Demand

  • 22:52 - Real Meaning of Sustainability

  • 26:08 - Rich's Sustainability Efforts

  • 28:22 - Operators Attitudes Towards Sustainability

 
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Discussion over Cold Brew Coffee is Up, According to Foodable Labs

It can be said that in recent years, cold brew coffee has quickly made its way into mainstream.

Cold brew has a smoother chocolate coffee flavor as opposed to other versions of coffee. The reason behind this is the fact that more coffee grounds are used and the steep time can be quite long and delicate since instead of hot water, room temperature or cold water is used for this process.  

This bitterless beverage has in turn carved itself a path to reach consumers directly through grocery stores in made-to-go bottles, as well as being incorporated as a drink menu item in coffee shops and some emerging restaurant brands, alike.

Courtesy of Jameson

Courtesy of Jameson

Cold brew is actually experiencing a 2.4 percentage increase in integration on the Top 150 Emerging Brands. However, when it comes to the integration of cold brew on independent restaurant menus, the drink is actually experiencing a 23.4 decrease year over year when 5,000 concepts were analyzed by Foodable Labs.

This could be a reason why cold brew has been declining in consumer sentiment in the past twelve months. Its score has dropped a whopping 16.2 points from a high 87.4 to a low 71.2 out of 100 points total.

One wouldn’t think this was the case from looking at the new products brands like Jameson and Apothic have been launching.

Jameson Cold Brew

The brand known for its triple-distilled, Irish whiskey decided to try its luck with a bottled version of the Irish coffee cocktail using cold brew from Fairtrade Arabica beans. The cocktail features “intense coffee bean aromatics combined with vanilla nuttiness of Jameson,” according the brand’s website.

Courtesy of Apothic

Courtesy of Apothic

Apothic Brew

As Foodable has reported in the past, Apothic Brew released in April of this year a red blend wine infused with cold brew. The winemaker, Debbie Juergenson, “realized that many of the characteristics in cold brew coffee and red wine naturally complement each other.” The result? A balanced red wine with a red fruit, mocha, and oak flavor.

Despite the lower consumer sentiment score, social discussion over the topic has actually been up 3.1 percent in the past year. This could be due to the integration of the beverage into established beverage brand products.

So, what exactly is motivating brands to jump outside of their comfort zones and explore new innovative ways to spice up their offerings with flavors like those from cold brew?

What’s for sure is that there’s a growing appreciation for the beverage as Americans continue to learn more about the sourcing and creation process of coffee.

To learn about how popular cold brew coffee brands are ranked by consumer sentiment and who is the leading the demographic consuming it, watch the Industry Pulse video above!

Female-Led Funding Startup, AccelFoods Helps Other Food-Focused Startups like Soozy's Thrive

Ever wondered how grocery stores will look like five years from now?

This is something Jordan Gaspar, co-founder of AccelFoods, thinks about daily.

AccelFoods is a funding startup that invests in other startups that have the potential of disrupting food categories in the grocery aisles and beyond through their innovative products.

On this episode of The Barron Report, our host Paul Barron speaks with Gaspar and Susan Chen, CEO of Soozy’s, a frozen, gluten-free baked good product company that has partnered with AccelFoods in order to grow its business. The three discuss how the relationship has been between the venture capitalist group and the investee, Soozy’s role in its snacking category, what types of companies AccelFoods seeks to invest on, and trends in the marketplace among other topics.

Listen above to learn more about these trailblazing companies!


Show Notes:

  • 01:43 - Purpose of AccelFoods

  • 03:48 - Soozy’s Role in the Frozen Food Segment

  • 05:47 - AccelFoods’ Investment in Soozy’s

  • 09:26 - Types of Companies AccelFoods Invests In

  • 10:47 - Trends In The Marketplace

  • 14:38 - Soozy’s Differentiator in Snacking Category

  • 17:52 - Product Packaging

  • 23:16 - Size of Companies AccelFoods Invests In

  • 26:09 - Macro Understanding of Food Industry

  • 28:00 - Impact of Social Media for Soozy’s

  • 29:58 - Future Growth Plans for Soozy’s

  • 31:52 - Challenges in Male-Dominated Venture Capitalist World

 
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Why East Hampton Leads The Top 50 Sandwich Innovators List

After a quick stint at law school, Hunter Pond decided his true passion laid with the restaurant business.

“I just felt this gravitational pull to the industry and it was strong enough... [that] I dropped out of law school after one semester,” said Pond. “...It was a rough three months trying to convince everybody that this was the right move for me.”

On this episode of The Barron Report, our host, Paul Barron, sits down with Hunter Pond, CEO of East Hampton Sandwich Co. to learn how this concept came to be and made its way to become the top Sandwich Innovator concept from our free Top 50 Sandwich Innovator Report.

East Hampton

“I studied the marketplace and I saw that the key differentiator in all of the fast casual sandwich players out there was the bread,” said Pond.

According to Pond, everything that went in between the breads tasted the same, from the lettuce and tomatoes to the meats.

“I kind of looked at it as a mathematical equation and thought, ‘if we could just figure out a way… to utilize our kitchen to focus on what goes in between the bread, I can outsource the bread baking to local European-style bakeries and that would produce, in theory, a higher quality product,” said Pond.

Hunter Pond wanted East Hampton to be the ingredient artisan of the sandwich category while partnering with a bread artisan to provide best sandwich possible to consumers.

Take a listen to the podcast above to learn more about East Hampton’s beginnings and future plans!

Show Notes

  • 00:51 - Top 50 Sandwich Innovator Report

  • 02:18 - How Hunter Pond Got His Start

  • 05:50 - Inspiration for East Hampton

  • 07:25 - Key Differentiator in the Fast Casual Sandwich Segment

  • 09:13 - Consumer Driver Is Ingredient Quality

  • 10:27 - Quality Beyond The Food

  • 13:03 - Future Plans for East Hampton

  • 15:47 - Sourcing

  • 24:21 - Instagram

  • 27:42 - Hiring & Real Estate Challenges

  • 30:40 - Hunter Pond’s Industry Outlook

About the Report

The free Top 50 Sandwich Innovator Report is based off a sandwich study conducted by our sister company, Foodable Labs. “We put together a study that looked a consumer sentiment around mentions of their favorite sandwiches and then we poured out the shops and concepts that came out on top through our algorithm…,” says Barron. That’s the same algorithm that ranks Foodable’s Top 25 Restaurants in each city, for example.

 
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