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Old 10-11-2000, 01:19 PM
MarkD MarkD is offline
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Halibut with the head on.

O.K., this is the weirdo question of the week.

My sister-in-law is a producer, out in LA, for the Food Network. She produces the show "Calling All Chefs." Now, here is her quandry.

She needs a Halibut, with the head still attached, in Denver, CO by next Tuesday. She is producing a show that details the extraction of the Halibuts cheek, which is then prepared in a similar fashion to scallops. Everyone she contacts on the left coast keeps telling her that they can only bring the Halibut ashore with the head cut off. Is this true?

I'm throwing this out to the collective RT brain trust. If you know of a company that would ship such a fish, or are planning on catching any yourselves and would like to sell one to me so I can ship the beast myself, just reply to this message. I'm on my way to OBX, North Carolina for a wedding and some fishin'. I'll be checking in regularly. Thanks in advance.


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Old 10-11-2000, 05:15 PM
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RE: Halibut with the head on.

I don't know about Halibut, but I could probably produce a few skate that could be prepared in a similar fashion to scallops. Not sure what sort of ratings the show would get however.
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Old 10-12-2000, 10:25 AM
Slamdance Slamdance is offline
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RE: Halibut with the head on.

Tell her to try the Fulton Fish Market in NYC. I know several art directors from various ad agencies that have walked the market around 4 a.m. and found everything they need. In a pinch, could she use a big fluke or flounder, or does it have to be halibut? Also, Pacific and Atlantic halibut are different species, I think. You may also want to contact a couple of the big buyers in Gloucester, P-Town or New Bedford.
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Old 10-12-2000, 11:11 AM
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RE: Halibut with the head on.

Halibut are almost always sold h&g'd (headed and gutted).
It is done on the boat. It is how the fish are bled to assure good quality.

Your sister might try a few large fish comanies in Denver.
One is Seattle Fish, one is Shamrock Foods. Either of them
might be able to special order the item to get their name
on TV.

But it would be a special order item so she should get on
the phone.
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