Real Food Real Kitchens is a cooking series that goes into the kitchens of everyday people and explores one of their most cherished traditional family dishes.
Craig Chapman, the show’s producer, and I have known each other since elementary school. I love that we recently reconnected and I was absolutely thrilled when he asked me to be a part of his latest adventure, Real Food Real Kitchens Magazine.
The magazine hit shelves August 6, 2013.
One day I asked my NI Facebook Friends for their first food memory and the responses were incredible!
So incredible, Craig included them in the magazine!
During one of our brainstorming coffee sessions, Craig asked if I could think of a local family business with a good story for the magazine.
I immediately responded with, “Indialantic Seafood Company!”
You can read the whole article in the magazine, but here is a little taste of what you’ll find.
I’ve been buying from these guys 3-5 days a week for several years now. One of the main reasons I keep going back is that they are a local family business.
Pat Zabinski (on the left) was raised in Melbourne Beach and is the youngest of 4 boys. One of his earliest memories was going fishing with his dad and 3 brothers: Pete, Andy, and Dave.
The Zabinski’s noticed there wasn’t a local place to buy or sell their seafood, so in 2009, Indialantic Seafood Company was born.
Pat and his crew buy daily from local commercial fisherman. Because of this, the fish they offer is always fresh — they do not buy in bulk or freeze the fish.
That is another reason I keep going back. They sell true fresh local product based on the season.
It all started with Florida Stone Crabs:
But today they carry everything from lobsters to the fresh catch of the day:
And let’s not forget about their delicious crab cakes, a variety of sauces and salads, and a creative lunch menu prepared by Chef Shane Rotsch.
Shane is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, the Harvard of culinary schools.
His cooking knowledge and love of fishing is a perfect fit for Indialantic Seafood Company.
Pat and Shane’s expertise and dedication to offering quality products to their customers extends to their staff. You will always find a knowledgeable friend behind the counter eager to help you plan your next meal.
I mean let’s be honest, cooking a fish you’ve never cooked before is scary and intimidating! Thankfully, there is nothing to worry about at Indialantic Seafood because the staff will take you through it step-by-step, from suggested seasonings to cooking times.
A couple of weeks ago I walked in and asked my usual question, “What should I have for dinner tonight?” Sandy, a friendly face behind the counter, immediately replied, “Swordfish!”
My fearful reaction of, “Ack! I’ve never cooked swordfish!” was quickly solved with an easy to follow explanation of marinades and cooking suggestions. I’m happy to report that it was the best swordfish I’ve ever eaten!
You can read all about it HERE.
Indialantic Seafood Company offers everything I look for in a local market: family owned and operated, fresh quality local products, and a friendly and honest staff.
Their attention to detail, dedication, and passion for the sport is what made family fishing weekends go from a hobby to a gratifying career. It’s in their blood and it’s in their heart.
Pat Zabinski puts it simply, ”It’s fun, I enjoy it. It’s nice to have a cup of coffee in the morning and fillet some fish. That’s what I do.”
Indialantic Seafood Company is located at 826 North Miramar Ave (Highway A1A) in Indialantic, Florida. When you go, tell them Kristi sent you.
And be sure to pick up a copy of Real Food Real Kitchens Magazine available on newsstands everywhere.
It is 130 pages of food, family, history, and culture — including 47 recipes!