Free seafood!

Sustainable Seafood Initiative dinners are the best! Seriously! They! Are! They actually require all these exclamation points! Delicious seafood, a talented chef, all the cool kids and good old environmentalism. Try and beat that. Rosso hosted a recent S.S.I. dinner, featuring seafood from Shop Tart fave Our Local Catch. As soon as she arrived, the Shop Tart was offered an American Harvest Grapefruit-Elderflower Spritz. She sipped it and checked out the wines to be served with dinner.

SSI dinner at Rosso

The passed appetizers — smoked trout on crostini — to accompany the delicious cocktail were perfection.

SSI dinner at Rosso

At the table, the Shop Tart perused the menu. (Her friends were late. She wasn’t sad about this. She loves being on her own, and rarely has the chance to do so in Columbia. For whatever reason, she knew virtually no one at this dinner, so she was left to chill in peace until her friends arrived. Heaven!) Look at that menu…

Pretty pumped.

The rudder fish and shrimp ceviche was the dish that had attracted the Shop Tart in the first place, and she wasn’t disappointed. Refreshing and delicious, with a sustainable, South Carolina flair.


The next course, Littleneck clams with bourbon-creamed sweet corn, chanterelles and bacon, turned out to be a crowd favorite. The Shop Tart would like to eat this again and again. And again. She has cooked Our Local Catch clams many times and they are fantastic; she has yet to have a single one refuse to open.

Sea to Table dinner at Rosso.

She has also cooked amberjack from Our Local Catch, but she is not quite so skilled. YUM.

Sea to Table dinner at Rosso.

Did you think dessert would not include something from the sea? Well, you were wrong! Served in individual punch cups, the chocolate-cappucino budino with McLellanville sea salt and Georgia Olive Farms extra-virgin olive oil was INSANE. The Shop Tart could eat this every day. She loves a little salt with her sweets.

Sea to Table dinner at Rosso.

So, maybe you didn’t make it to the dinner. But you’re pretty good in the kitchen. (Even if you think you aren’t, there’s no time like the present to start learning.) Lindsey and Bryan Tayara of Our Local Catch are giving away two $25 gift cards to Shop Tart readers! You can find them at Rosewood Market in the parking lot most Thursday afternoons. In fact, you can get in line right behind the Shop Tart, who can usually be found picking up clams, smoked trout, amberjack burgers, trout sausage, shrimp or fish for tacos (yes, she likes all the things). What do you do to win one of the gift certificates? Leave a comment below. Any comment will do, but why not let us know what fish or seafood dish you would most like to learn to make? Maybe we can talk Kristian into giving us some pointers. Winners will be chosen next Wednesday, August 14th, just in time for the market the next day. Ready, set, go!

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36 comments on “Free seafood!
  1. Morgan says:

    Oh yes, please! Very intrigued by these amberjack burgers…Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Lane says:

    I just want to try to cook fish and not be afraid that I’ve wasted my money when I ruin it!

  3. Lane says:

    I just want to try to cook a new type of fish!

  4. Susann Adams says:

    Hubby’s from Chucktown and loves all seafood and fish! I would love to learn how to make a really good Cioppinno or bouillabaisse. 🙂

  5. Kristen says:

    I want to cook any fish thats wild caught!

  6. Eric Stockard says:

    Amberjack burgers and trout sausage both sound awesome for the grill, especially since giving up beef and pork. Seafood is actually very easy to cook, just don’t cook it as long as meat!

  7. Suzanne says:

    I need more littleneck clams please!

  8. Jean (GiGi) Parker says:

    God bless The Lowcountry and SC Coast. (learning simple recipes from seafood person and Chef Robbie Swanson of Swanson’s Deli to use for sockeye wild Alaska salmon on a small GF grill..

  9. Emily says:

    I love OLC! I love the trout sausage but would love to cook just a simple fish with a good complementary sauce.

  10. Megan says:

    Fish tacos have been on my mind all summer and I’ve yet to make them!

  11. Brenda Flood says:

    Awesone article! Now I’m hungry, no strike that, starving for OLC seafood! I cannot wait until Thursday do I can purchase some fantastic freshness of the sea !

  12. Jessica says:

    Seafood Wellington!! Had it as a child and I can still taste the deliciousness!

  13. Helen Madden says:

    I’d like to figure out how to get my panko topping crispier when I broil littleneck clams with parsley butter and garlic. Thanks!

  14. Sher b. says:

    Sounds fantastic! Would,love to try some….

  15. TiffB says:

    I had a terrific clam chowder in SF a number of years ago. I’d like to recreate it.

  16. Evelyn Morales says:

    Seafood is me-food 🙂 and SALMON is slammin!

  17. Robin Campbell says:

    We bought their rainbow trout last week and pan sautéed with a lemon butter shallot sauce – absolutely delicious. Will grill their amberjack burgers tonight on their planks.

  18. Holly says:

    I would love to learn how to make a great ceviche! I have been craving it my whole pregnancy and with a few weeks to go, I can’t wait to make it!

  19. Paige says:

    Just introduced my Healthy Living class friends to the Rosewood Market and sustainable seafood last Thurs. they are ready for a repeat. amberjack burgers and grouper were both fantastic. Bring on the seafood and cooking tips! We’ll be back!

  20. Annie says:

    How about the Blackened Atlantic Corvina
    currently on the menu at Mr. Friendly’s? Yum!

  21. August says:

    I’d make crawfish etoufee!

  22. Allison says:

    What’s better than being able to get amazing, fresh seafood right down the street in the parking lot of our own local Rosewood Market?! Not much!! The only thing better I can think of is being able to COOK with that fresh seafood and make new fun recipes for your friends & family to enjoy! My mouth is watering already!! 🙂

  23. Whitney says:

    I am always paranoid about cooking ceviche. I mean, cooking without cooking? Weird.

  24. Jennifer Hile says:

    Learning how to do anything with clams would be fabulous!

  25. Lydia Scott says:

    I would love for Kristian to show us how to make ceviche!!!! YUMMMM!!!

  26. ND says:

    Amberjack is always solid.

  27. Lindsay says:

    I love seafood!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Whitney M says:

    I would love to learn to make anything, especially anything to do with shellfish!

  29. Ken says:

    Amberjack sounds interesting–have never prepared it but will have to try!

  30. Nicole says:

    Would love to try Amberjack burgers.

  31. Elizabeth says:

    THAT MEAL WAS DELICIOUS. Thanks for letting me relive it.

  32. Beth says:

    Trout sausage sounds heavenly divine. I’d love suggestions for sides to create a memorable meal.

  33. Andrea says:

    It’s a little out-there, but I’d love to learn to open and handle sea urchin! Delicious!

  34. Chrysti says:

    We went to an SSI dinner at Fish in Charleston earlier this summer and it was terrific meeting the clammers and fishermen who make it happen. And, oh, the dishes! I can’t believe I missed this one! Thanks for letting the rest of us share the love!

  35. Pat says:

    Love Free Seafood,Yum Yum!!

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