Check Out This Week’s Episode of Monger!

Episode 010 – From Stock Markets to Swordfish

Listen to two fishmongers from New York who have made their mark at Samuels & Son Seafood selling seafood throughout the country and buying fish from around the world.  John Monteleone has experience in the stock market who found a unique match switching gears to selling large quantities of seafood to retailers and wholesalers everywhere.  Joe Sarcona, garnered his experience in the heart of the Bronx, at the legendary Fulton Fish Market before joining the purchasing team at Samuels. Here, Joe sources giant Swordfish, Tuna, live Shellfish and more.  Anthony D’Angelo makes a guest appearance and speaks with the gang about all the changes recently made in the Philadelphia fish market scene.

 

Episode 009 – Starting an Aquaculture Revolution

Dave Mergle is a leader in seafood marketing and a key force behind the launch and success of Skuna Bay Salmon’s iconic “Craft Raised Salmon” brand.  Dave also has experience as a market leader of Blue Ocean Mariculture, producer of Hawaiian Kanpachi.

Join us as Dave muses on about helping change the viewpoint of farm raised Salmon among chefs, switching gears to a different species in Hawaii, and the experience he attained by working for brands such as Red Bull and Stella Artois.  Dave has a great story of the hardships and successes of the sustainable aquaculture industry today.

Looking for info on Skuna Bay Salmon and Hawaiian Kanpachi? Check them out on Instagram @skunabay and @hawaiiankanpachi

 

 

Episode 008 – Fish & Brits in Baltimore

Award winning Executive Chef Mark Levy has cooked all over the world from Britain and France to his acclaimed Baltimore restaurant, Magdalena in the Ivy Hotel.  Right before the 4th of July, Chef Levy stopped by with Chef Scott Bacon, also of Magdalena to discuss their seafood-heavy menu and “Fish Unknown,” which is a global movement to give attention to lesser known species.  The stories veer into Dominican Republic cigars, entertaining U2’s Bono (and his kids) and how they first became Samuels customers.  You’ll also learn about the care they put into each seafood dish that has made Magdalena “the jewel of Baltimore.”

They have a great Instagram account, check out @magdalenabaltimore

 

Episode 007 – The Shrimp King Comes to Philly

This week on Monger, Bill hosts one of the country’s biggest importer and exporter of seafood.  Marty Mazzetta of Mazzetta Company discusses his company’s brand new product, Oishii Shrimp. While sharing stories of this great tasting Shrimp with Mazzetta, we are joined with Chef Mike Cisternino of Mazzetta Company and Samuels’ very own, Joe Lasprogata.

Marty and Mike discuss the work and inspiration behind one of the most innovative Shrimp products to date. Oishii Shrimp go from swimming to frozen within four hours and unlike most Shrimp, Oishii are harvested live.  Meanwhile, Marty and Joe speak about the 30 year history between Samuels and Mazzetta, and how much has changed in the seafood industry.  Marty also shares a touching story about how 9/11 affected seafood importing/exporting.

Oishii Shrimp range from U/10 to 16/20 count and are now available at Samuels Seafood.
Read all about them on our blog page at samuelsandsonseafood.com

Listen Here! fishmonger.podbean.com/e/episode-007-the-shrimp-king-comes-to-philly/

 

 

006-Making Seafood Sustainable

“If you’re getting Salmon from Samuels and Son Seafood, there’s a very good chance it’s BAP certified.”

This week, Bill hosts Shaun O’Loughlin and Justin Grant from Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), one of the most influential non-governmental organizations dedicated to sustainable aquaculture.  They are joined by Denise Gurshin of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP). The team discuss the many products they certify around the world, their new podcast, Aquademia, and advancements made in fish farming.  Featuring Samuels special guest, Joe Lasprogata.

Remember to listen to the GAA podcast, Aquademia, for enough sustainable seafood information to make you an expert.

Listen to the episode right here: fishmonger.podbean.com/e/006-making-seafood-sustainable-with-gaa/

7.10.19 Episode 005 Young Guns in the Fish Biz

In this week’s seafood podcast, we circle back to recap the 2019 Seafood Expo North America in Boston.  It was a really exciting whirlwind of a show, especially considering we started this podcast there.  So this is an interesting interview that took place right after the show back in Philly.

Some of our best young guns sit down with seasoned fishmonger (and podcaster), Anthony D’Angelo, while he serves as guest host.  The trio discuss everything exciting that happened this year.  (Hint, do you know what an isopod is?) Along some of the hot topics; What is seafood sustainability? What are chefs looking for?  And you’ll hear the exact moment when the show’s producer, Joe Mintzer, came up with the name “Monger” for this seafood podcast.

If you’re interested in hearing the first hand experiences of young fishmongers working with seafood wholesale, sustainable seafood and top chefs, you’ll love this week’s seafood podcast.

If you haven’t already, check out the past three episodes recorded in the middle of the Seafood Expo North America to get the full experience of fish mongering weekend in Boston. Subscribe to our Podcast, Monger, using the Apple Podcast app or Podbean!  Remember to review and rate us.  You can also send us feedback and questions to willb@samuelsseafood.com

Listen Here: fishmonger.podbean.com/e/005-young-guns-in-the-fish-biz/

Pictured below; Samuels Sales Agent, Maria Kanapi

 

Day 3 of the Boston Seafood Show, the last of the trilogy!

Listen Here: fishmonger.podbean.com/e/004-the-boston-seafood-expo-day-3/

This was a very special episode as it took place on the last day of the seafood expo.  Not only did we have conversations with our friends at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, but also the Marine Stewardship Council. These are two of the biggest groups in the world promoting responsible seafood.  We also had some fish farmers from Norway and Mauritius Islands discussing fish such as aquaculture raised Halibut, Red Drum and Dusky Kob.

And of course, we had the pleasure of hosting Sam D’ Angelo himself, founder and owner of Samuels.  He was joined by Marty Mazzetta of Mazzetta Seafood.  These two have been doing business selling and buying shrimp for decades.  I was literally jumping up and down when we nabbed this interview.  At the end, you get to hear a breakdown of the entire show.  But I’ll leave you guessing at how that goes.  This whole thing is very educational and fun.

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Day 2 of the Boston Seafood Show, Available Now!

Listen Here: fishmonger.podbean.com/e/003-the-boston-seafood-expo-day-2/