The makings for the good life.
National Key Lime Pie Day. National Corn Chip Day. National Hummus Day.
Mentions of such food observance days on social media happen so frequently that I typically just roll my eyes.
However, when I was recently invited to a one-on-one private tasting just in time for National Caviar Day, well, how could I refuse? Yes, you see what gets my attention.
But Black River Caviar merits it.
After all, it’s the first farmed caviar in the Southern Hemisphere.
And it’s a favorite of U.S. chefs such as Michael Mina, Douglas Keane, Michael Tusk and Walter Manzke.
A luxurious little potato crowned with creme fraiche and Black Opal caviar.
California may can lay claim to being the first producer of farmed caviar way back in 1993 with Sacramento County’s successful Sterling Caviar.
But now, the other side of the country is expanding its reach into the game, most notably Healthy Earth Inc.’s Black Opal caviar from Sarasota, FL.
It, too, is farm-raised, from Siberian black sturgeon fed a vegetarian diet. The company has worked with Sarasota’s Mote Marine Laboratory to grow the sturgeon for both meat and caviar.
A dish with which to spoil any father.
My Dad loved nothing better than scrambled eggs in the morning enfolded with salty chunks of SPAM.
Yup, that was his breakfast of choice, if given his druthers.
If he were still alive this Father’s Day, I’d change that up. I’d present him with pillowy scrambled eggs, all right. But topped with briny caviar instead.
I’m sure he’d be startled, thinking I’d lost my mind or was mortgaging my house to do so.
Nope, on both accounts.
Instead, I’d tell him that Southern California-based Anderson Seafoods provided me with a sample to try. The roe is from American Lake Sturgeon. The teeny-tiny, ebony-charcoal-hued eggs have a nice pop when you bite into them. At $38 for a 1-ounce jar, it’s relatively affordable, too, as far as caviar goes, especially because it takes only a smidgeon to make anything more luxurious tasting.
The company offers an array of fresh and frozen seafood, all of which can be delivered to your door overnight.
A precious jar of roe.
CONTEST: One lucky Food Gal reader will win a chance to sample $300 worth of seafood of your choice, courtesy of Anderson Seafoods. Entries, limited to those in the continental United States, will be accepted through 6 p.m. PST June 13. The winner will be announced June 14.
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