Received from Shana with Compote Cafe and Bakery

Posted on 11, Mar | Posted by Rick

Hi! So nice meeting you today! I was checking out the website – add us to your
list of restaurants! We’re fans of the tuna!! I didn’t get a chance to
talk to you about the flavor – people are always commenting on how good the tuna
is. When they ask what we put in it to make it so good, I make it quite clear
that what we do to it is pretty conventional (celery, mayo, s&p); it’s
the tuna itself that tastes so good. Thank you!!

Shana, Owner Compote Cafe and Bakery

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My Portland Trip

Posted on 10, Mar | Posted by Rick

Last week I spent two and a half days riding along with Provvista sales staff visiting customers and showing our Sacred Sea Tuna products to new customers. Portland always amazes me with its number and variety of restaurants, deli’s and specialty food stores like Pastaworks.

I get to Portland so infrequently I didn’t know The Atwater is now Portland City Grill. It is a huge venue that is nothing short of spectacular from its view to its Kitchen and staff.

Compote Cafe and Bakery is a warm friendly family place made warmer by a great bunch of people who I was lucky enough to get to meet.

The list goes on and on and I will be adding more places that you can get Sacred Sea Tuna as the list grows and grows.

Thanks again to the Provvista crew for their hospitality and the fantastic lunches.

 

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The 2011 Season

Posted on 19, Dec | Posted by Rick

Whew! I have finally gotten the boat put away, most of the major “honey-do’s” done and have a moment to post.

It was a very different and amazing season. The catch started off very slow. It was not that there were no fish, we could see the fish on our electronics and there were LOTS of them. But they were deep and would not come up. As you may know we fish with hook and line by surface troll method which means the fish have to be on the surface in order for them to see our hooks. Not on the surface? Can’t see the hooks, we don’t catch them no matter how many are in the water column below us.

So, catch was slow to start but markets were GOOD! We experience what can be called a “perfect storm” of market conditions…The earthquake in Japan and the resulting tsunami wiped out Japans inventory of albacore (and every other tuna) along with much of their fleet, so there was that. Then the rest of the worlds catch was down in most areas as was ours as I mentioned above. And local/domestic demand is growing by leaps and bounds! All of these conditions added up to create demand that skyrocketed prices to as much as DOUBLE historic highs!

Then, when it seemed we would have to settle for a mediocre season, even with the high price, the fish came up and boy was it something. It was some of the best fishing I have ever seen. The ocean erupted with life and it was like watching the Discovery Channel through my wheelhouse windows: Whales, Dolphins, bait fish birds. Lots of birds! Lots of everything. It was really a show! And the fish bit and kept biting into November.

The good news is Oregon Albacore Tuna and Sacred Sea in particular is getting the recognition it deserves. The bad news is the cost to you has gone up. But let’s look at the cost of Sacred Sea Albacore Tuna compared to other sources of animal protein.

I just searched for “premium cut of beef” and was directed to Kansas City Steak Co. Where I found 6-6 ounce cuts of beef for $79.95 or $13.33 for each 6 ounce steak. Now don’t get me wrong I enjoy a piece of good beef and I take nothing away from the beef industry BUT, unless you are going to go to a lot of trouble and research organic sources of beef and pay even more you are going to get a dose of growth hormones, antibiotic, pesticides, herbicides and etc, etc.

Then there is Sacred Sea Albacore Tuna…as pure as you can get on mother earth; No additives, no fillers nothing but fish and a pinch of sea salt, for about half the cost. Oh yeah, then there are the omega 3 benefits in albacore as opposed to what we all know beef has to offer. I’m just saying, if you are going to spend more than burger meat prices why not go with something as tasty and healthy as Sacred Sea Premium Fillets canned in their natural juices.

So, I hope you all had as great of a summer as we did on the Peso II and I, the crew and our families wish you all a safe, warm and healthy winter.

Captain Rick, Fishing Vessel Peso II

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New Recipe – Albacore Chowder

Posted on 13, May | Posted by Rick

Light Albacore Chowder
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2, 6 ounce cans Sacred Sea Tuna
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) chicken broth, preferably low-sodium or salt-free style
1 cup diced new potatoesAlbacore Chowder made with troll caught Sacred Sea Tuna
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 cup chopped onions,
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
1/2 cup low-fat milk
2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Instructions:
In medium saucepan, mix broth with 1 can of water.

Add potatoes and simmer until tender. Remove cooked potatoes from broth, reserving liquid. Puree cooked potatoes with 1/4 cup broth. Return with remaining broth to pot. Add thyme, basil, and vegetables. Simmer until vegetables are almost tender.

Before serving, stir in chunked albacore and milk and heat to serving temperature without boiling. Sprinkle with parsley just before serving.

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Artemis Foods Serves Sacred Sea Tuna

Posted on 20, Apr | Posted by Rick

On the 7th of this month I was honored to be invited to attend a food demonstration at Artemis Foods in Portland. Yes, I know what the date is today. In my defense for the lateness of this post since then I have been in 4 states and have driven several thousand miles beginning with leaving Artemis  Foods in Portland at 8:30 PM arriving in Lake Tahoe, Nevada at 9 AM the next morning. But that’s another story. Back to Grace Pae’s Artemis Foods.

There were about 15 people in attendance in the back-seating area of Artemis Foods.  It was an eclectic bunch: Ages from about two years old and up and included a couple who should, by now, be heading for Alaska to work in their seafood processing jobs for the season. I had a few video clips and photos running as a loop while I talked with the diners about Sacred Sea Tuna…How we catch them, how we handle them on board the Peso II and how we process them. The group asked a lot of thoughtful questions giving me great segues into issues like mercury and why Sacred Sea Tuna is a safe ,healthy choice. We even talked about recent concerns regarding radiation and the fact that the fish we catch off Oregon don’t go to Japan even though we fish in what is referred to as the “Japanese Current”.

Rick Goche enjoying a dish made with Sacred Sea troll caught TunaThen Grace prepared a really tasty Sacred Sea Tuna Risotto explaining each step and talking about the ingredients.

Everyone got a taste. Okay, I had seconds it was so good.  The dish highlighted  Graces imagination and how versatile Sacred Sea Tuna is.Rick Goche and friends at Artemis Foods

Thanks to all of the Artemis family ( including Sarah who is apparently camera shy) for their hospitality and graciousness.

And Thanks to Julia for the photos and pending comments I know she has been waiting to post.

Ken chowing down on Sacred Sea Tuna

 


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New Customer/New Restaurant

Posted on 22, Mar | Posted by Rick

Fifty-seven years ago I was born in McMinnville, Oregon. “So what”, you say. No big deal to anyone except me and mom. But Chef Eric Bechard of Thistle restaurant in McMinnville is opening new digs also in the town of my birth. He calls his newest venture, Community Plate. Chef Bechard is passionate about buying and eating local and has chosen Sacred Sea Albacore Tuna as his house tuna!
We are honored to be recognized by Eric and his team(s) and look forward to seeing what amazing treatment he gives to our Sacred Sea Tuna.

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Links to sites that carry Sacred Sea Tuna

Posted on 1, Mar | Posted by Rick

Oregon Albacore is really coming into it’s own. More and more restaurants, retail markets and deli’s are carrying Sacred Sea Tuna as their “House ” Oregon Albacore.  Check back as I will be adding links to places where you can get Sacred Sea Tuna all around Oregon.

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Sacred Sea Tuna has a new website

Posted on 17, Feb | Posted by Rick

Thanks to the help of my friend and webmaster Stephen Van Tuyl of DawgDigital,com our new website is up and running. And, we just received our first order from Melinda! Thanks for the order and testing the function of the order page.
Sacred Sea Albacore tuna was mentioned in the blog of a friend/customer at http://parkkitchenblog.blogspot.com/
We are very happy with the new web layout but if you have any suggestions let me know. If there is anything you would like to see or know more about what we do and how we do it comment and I will try to see what I can do.

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