This Butter-Poached Alaska Flounder Recipe Dazzles Guests in Oklahoma City

As both a chef and consumer, you can make a positive impact on the environment by what protein you pick for your meals.

Seafood, for example, is often more sustainable than other protein sources. But making a socially responsible decision about what fish to source involves doing your research and finding the right suppliers.

In the second season of Foodable’s Smart Kitchen & Bar, in partnership with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, chefs with a passion for sustainable seafood sourcing visit our kitchen to demonstrate some of their most popular fish-focused dishes. These chefs have developed a love and understanding of seafood. In this Seafood Season, prepare to learn new innovative recipes to ramp up your menu, while also being educated about the best sustainable seafood sourcing practices.

This season will also be available on Amazon Prime Video and Foodable On-Demand.

In the video above, you get a taste of Chef Chris McCabe in action as he walks us through how to cook his signature Butter Poached Alaska Flounder recipe with champagne sabayon, charred cauliflower, and a fried cod croquette.

As the culinary director of A Good Egg Dining Group in Oklahoma City, McCabe oversees five of the 12 restaurants in the group's portfolio. Seafood plays a major role on McCabe's menus and since he relies on this protein so heavily, he makes sure that the seafood he sources comes from responsibly managed fisheries and is sustainably caught, especially because this is so important to his guests.

Watch the full episode now on Amazon Prime Video or Foodable On-Demand.

French Master Chef Transforms Alaska Sablefish to This Perfectly Executed Dish

The future generation’s fish supply depends on the eco-friendly efforts we make today.

With that in mind, operators across the country are making an effort to make socially responsible decisions when it comes to sourcing seafood– whether it be by serving abundant fish populations or by buying fish that has been harvested in a way that supports healthy ecosystems.

In the second season of Foodable’s Smart Kitchen & Bar, in partnership with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, chefs with a passion for seafood visit our kitchen to demonstrate their most popular fish-focused dishes. These chefs have developed a love and understanding of seafood. Seafood can be more sustainable than other protein sources, but it's important to research and know the origin of a seafood species. In this Seafood Season, prepare to learn new recipes, while also learning about the sustainable seafood movement.

This season will also be available on Amazon Prime Video and Foodable On-Demand.

In the teaser episode above, you get a taste of French-bred Chef Olivier Desaintmartin's culinary mastery as he prepares one of his signature recipes with a sustainable Alaska sablefish (also known as black cod) as the centerpiece.

Desaintmartin, the owner of Caribou Café in Philadelphia, has made a name for himself with his simple, yet delicious approach to serving seafood. He has always had a special connection to seafood due to his roots as a fisherman. Watch the episode on Amazon Prime Video or Foodable On-Demand to see how he transforms a full sablefish to a perfectly executed autumn dish.

Nashville, the New Hotspot For Alaska Seafood

Seafood is one of the fastest growing proteins among American diners, especially among millennial and gen-z customers. Health, sustainability, environmental concerns, and transparency are big considerations for today’s customer, but they also expect a culinary experience from their frequent dining occasions.

We are excited to announce the second season of Foodable’s Smart Kitchen & Bar, in partnership with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, to bring you the most comprehensive conversation ever around seafood at the center of the plate!

In this first episode, we feature Deb Paquette, chef and owner of Etch and Ect. in Nashville, Tennessee. Chef Paquette has become the first woman in Tennessee to qualify as a certified executive chef and has been a trailblazer for chefs in the area.

Make sure and checkout the full episode now on Foodable On-Demand and coming soon to Amazon Prime as Chef Paquette transforms Alaska Sockeye Salmon and Dungeness Crab into a tasty Moroccan-styled dish. Look out for the season premiere in Spring 2019.

Underutilized Fish Species: Collaboration and Education Create Balance

Today, consumers across the globe are relying on seafood as a primary source of protein. This has sparked an educational movement to limit overfishing in an effort to promote seafood sustainability. The idea is to use less of an overused species like Salmon, and substitute it with a less familiar and potentially more abundant species, like Pollock.

On this Foodable.io talk, brought to you by Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, our Host Daniela Klimsova, and panelists Warner Lew, Taho Kakutani, Taichi Kitamura - explore how we define an underutilized species. They also discuss the need to not only market to chefs and restaurants but to the consumer, who has a significant role to play in a more sustainable future.

Taho Kakutani, a fishmonger at Pike Place Fish Market, leads by saying discussions about sustainability started to stand out about five years ago, which lead the fish market to prioritize seafood sustainability and advocation of the practice.

“There is a need for story...the seafood industry is particularly compelling,” said Kakutani. “From the sea to the table is this amazing journey that’s happening. So when we have these touch points like sustainability...there’s this opportunity to create this really interesting story that I think consumers are really looking for.”

Taichi Kitamura, executive chef and co-owner of Sushi Kappo Tamura, agrees that as chefs, they are responsible for educating consumers on underutilized species being included on their menus.

“I have to be very careful about what I say to my customers, and actually what I practice in terms of what to put on the menus,” said Kitamura. “You really have to be on top of this issue...it wasn’t the news then, but now it’s the news.”

Bristol Bay’s Fleet Manager, Warner Lew, got his start in the 1970s as a deckhand for local fisheries. He now is known as a crusader for getting Americans to eat canned, smoked Alaskan herring. With a nod to chef Taichi Kitamura’s herring sushi dish from a chef’s seminar, he speaks about how a species could become underutilized.

“The herring, it’s...underutilized in this country because few people know how to handle it… [or] how to enjoy it. That’s the trick [when] utilizing the fish, is how do you make it enjoyable and easy,” said Lew.

Mainstream seafood is often overfished and over marketed. Experts all agree that to create a significant change in reducing overfishing of certain species, industry leaders such as fishermen and chefs need to collaborate, educate and expose the underutilized species market to the masses.


Check Out These Chef Recipes Using Frozen Fresh Alaska Halibut

Check Out These Chef Recipes Using Frozen Fresh Alaska Halibut
  • These chef recipes will bring flair to your menu. 

  • Halibut is sweat, flakey, and easy to prepare. 

Today in the Foodable Smart Kitchen and Bar Studio we take a look at Frozen Fresh Alaska Halibut. Halibut is a naturally lean whitefish with a sweat, flaky, snow-white meat that is easy to prepare and beautiful on the plate. We asked Chef Thomas Stewart, executive chef of Gianni's Restaurant in The Villa Casa Casuarina, formerly known as the Versace Mansion, to demonstrate how to properly fletch a full Alaska Halibut and to create two recipes using Mediterranean and Italian influences that are present in his renowned Cuisine. 

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