FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla., June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- It's all about eradicating the lionfish in Florida — in a tasty way for Jack's Farm To Fork at Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina.
Well-acclaimed chefs around the Sunshine State have jumped on the bandwagon to create new culinary masterpieces that incorporate the delicacy into their regular menu offerings. And that's exactly what Chef De Cuisine David Rashty has done at Jack's Farm To Fork in Fort Myers Beach.
The chef, whose restaurant recently won the People's Choice Award in the 21st annual Taste of the Beach, has now added a third lionfish dish to his ever-changing menu: a lionfish tartar. The Fort Myers Beach restaurant already offers two pan-seared lionfish plates, one boasting a pea puree, fiddlehead ferns and a lime beurre blanc and another served over coconut curry, lentils and basmati rice. When cooked, lionfish fillets have been compared to flounder, sea bass or hogfish with a mild, non-fishy taste and firm, white flakiness.
Lionfish is considered a "Best Choice" by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, which empowers consumers and businesses to make choices for healthy oceans, helping support diverse marine ecosystems for the future. Using science-based, peer review methods, Seafood Watch assesses how fisheries and farmed seafood impact the environment and provides recommendations indicating which items are "Best Choices" and "Good Alternatives" and which items to "Avoid." Pink Shell is a Seafood Watch partner, serving all sustainable seafood at its restaurants.
The population of the red, brown and white-striped fish continues to explode in the waters throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, posing a threat to native marine life. Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has encouraged fisherman from all over the world to harvest the species. A national grocery store chain known for offering natural and organic foods has started selling the invasive species at Florida stores, and a number of cities around the coast are hosting tournaments to encourage spearing, netting and hooking the fish.
"We will continue to do our part to be responsible citizens of this great state while offering the freshest seafood that defines my farm-to-table philosophy," Rashty said. "Because my menu changes based on seasonality and availability of locally sourced ingredients, diners will always experience Jack's Farm To Fork with a fresh perspective."
With summer right around the corner and vacationers heading to Florida for some sun and fun, now is a perfect opportunity to get a taste of this unique offering while enjoying the restaurant's indoor and outdoor seating overlooking sugary-white sand and the gulf's calming waves. Fine wines, creative cocktails, refreshing beers and an assortment of spirits are available to pair perfectly with every dish.
About Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina
Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina at 275 Estero Blvd. in Fort Myers, FL is a Boykin Management Company Property along a quarter mile of immaculate coastline. The resort features 213 beachfront studio- and condo-style accommodations overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and barrier islands of Southwest Florida, Sanibel and Captiva. The resort, designated a Green Lodging Property by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, features recreational activities in a family-friendly atmosphere. For information, visit www.PinkShell.com or call 1-888-222-7465. Like Pink Shell on Facebook, follow the resort on Twitter and add it to a circle on Google Plus.
About Boykin Management Company
Boykin Management Company, a leading hospitality management company with offices in Charlotte, NC and Fort Myers Beach, FL, is consistently recognized for excellence in delivering value-added lodging operations. Since 1958, BMC has developed, managed and operated hotels, resorts, condominium hotels and conference centers. In addition to long-standing relationships with hotel brands including Marriott, Hilton, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Radisson, Crowne Plaza, Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn, BMC has operated independent resorts and hotels with a total of more than 20,000 rooms in 23 states. For information, visit www.Boykin.com.
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