Oysters: an Ocean Delicacy that can easily fit your Menu
Oysters have been a staple for many restaurants across Canada but with them being trendy right now, it’s a menu item that any restaurant in a major city can serve. Whether it’s a buck-a-shuck or pairing the oyster with the proper wine, vodka or whiskey, being in Canada, there are many options to choose from which can work at any level of restaurant.
The interesting and little known fact is that Canada actually has one of the largest selections of oysters available in the world, not necessarily because our east coast and west coast oysters are considered amongst the best but in addition, Canada has many trade agreements in place with the USA, Europe and New Zealand to import and export oysters.
Not even the United States has the agreements in place as Canada does. Whether it’s a West Mersea Rock Oyster from England or a Kaipara Oyster from New Zealand, so many of these oysters are only available in Canada when it comes to trying them out or shall we say shucking them in North America.
In addition, to be being very popular right now, the best thing about oysters is that each region and area produces a different taste, shape and colour. Whether it’s a salty, cucumber taste or a briny, sweet and fruitful flavor, oysters are very similar to wine in that the various regions can produce a unique offering.
Plus, you can take part in conserving our oceans since oysters are widely considered a great sustainable seafood option! All farmed oysters around the world have some of the best practices in place for cultivating them and they are considered Ocean Wise recommended and Green SeaChoice ranked.
By adding oysters to your menu, you can add an ocean delicacy that is becoming a staple in many restaurants since they are relatively easy to handle. Since the oysters are indeed alive when you receive them, all you need to do is keep them refrigerated at 1 to 4C and then shuck away as they are ordered. Selling them by the piece or in groups, can yield a nice profit without any additional expenses beside the oysters themselves creating a really easy way to know your exact food cost. For more information or oyster availability in your city, contact your local fish monger today!
Sal Battaglia has grown up in the seafood industry his entire life which started early in downtown Toronto at the St. Lawrence Market when he was a boy. In 2004, he started his full-time career at Seacore after graduating from York University’s Schulich School of Business and quickly immersed himself in the company. In 2008, Sal took the lead in working on a sustainable seafood program for Seacore realizing the importance of it in the seafood industry. Today he is proud to continue to help lead Seacore in a sustainable future in managing one of the industry’s leading companies and also having a seat on the board of directors at Sea Pact – a sustainable seafood alliance. Seacore Seafood Inc. | T (905) 856-6222 | W www.seacore.ca