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Lobster Risotto by Chef Chris LaVecchia

Preparation / Mise En Place:

     Put fresh lobster broth into a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low & simmer. Watch that the stock does not reduce too much.

     In a large pot, bring about 1 gallon of water and about 8oz of white vinegar to a boil. 

Put 4 bowls into a warming oven, or above the stove to keep hot.

Prepare an ice bath. 

     Place a small rack on the stove & turn it on high. Place 1 red pepper on the rack to roast. Rotate the pepper to roast each side. When the pepper is finished roasting, place it into an ice bath. Once chilled, remove from the ice bath. Skin & seed the roasted pepper. Discard the skin, seeds & innards. Julienne & small dice the roasted red pepper. Set aside for risotto.

Small dice 1 shallot. Set aside for risotto.

Prepare an ice bath.

     To kill the lobster, place the point of a chef’s knife at the top center of the head of the lobster. Drive the blade of the knife down through the face of the lobster. Place lobsters into a heat-resistant container. When the water & white vinegar mixture comes to a boil, turn off the heat & pour the boiling liquid over the lobsters, until fully submerged. Let the lobsters steep for about 3-5 minutes. Take lobsters out & place them into an ice bath.

     Once chilled, extract the lobster meat from the claws, tail & arms. Set the meat aside. Using a rolling pin, extract the meat from the legs & set the meat aside to make the lobster tuiles. 

     Remove & discard any innards & place all shells into a container for stock. Place the head & antennae into a bag to make another batch of lobster butter.

Clean station. On a tray lined with parchment paper, put all mise en place, garnishes & finishing salts, and prepare for plating.

Join us in this culinary adventure Chef Chris LaVecchia is inviting us on by sharing with us the preparation of this delicious plate. From generating the Lobster Stock, to the creamiest Lobster Butter; this journey will take us to the finished dish: Lobster Risotto and the finishing touches of the Beurre Monte.

Lobster Stock Ingredients

  • 5 lbs lobster bodies, about 4 whole 1.25lb lobsters 
  • Olive oil, about 2-3 ounces
  • 1 cup peeled & diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced white onions
  • 1 cup diced leeks, white & pale green parts only
  • 3/4 cup diced fennel, white part only
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 oz brandy
  • 8 oz white wine
  • Cold water, as needed
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 3 sprigs tarragon
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns & 1 tbsp white peppercorns 1 fresh bay leaf


  1. Scrape & discard the gills from the sides of the bodies. Remove & discard the innards. Quarter the clean bodies. Reserve 2 lobster tails for the lobster risotto.
  2. In a large stock pot, heat the oil over high heat. Roast the lobster bodies in the pot until they are evenly caramelized, about 10 minutes.
  3. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Add the carrots, celery, onions, leeks, fennel, and garlic & sauté until tender, about 7 minutes. Add the tomato paste & sauté until caramelized, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the brandy & white wine and reduce by half. Add cold water until everything is fully submerged. Add the thyme, tarragon & peppercorns. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  5. Skim off any oils or impurities that rise to the top. Simmer for about 30-40 minutes.
  6. Prepare an ice bath. Strain through a chinois. Chill the stock over the ice bath. 

     Reserve refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 30 days. Extract all the meat out of the lobster bodies. Finely chop & reserve for lobster ravioli filling.

Lobster Butter Ingredients

  • 4-6 lobster heads & antennae, thoroughly rinsed
  • 1-2 oz oil
  • 20 g tomato paste
  • 1 lb butter
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup peeled & diced carrot
  • 1/4 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced fennel, white part only
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 sprigs tarragon
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. In a food processor, chop the lobster heads until broken into small pieces. Heat the oil in a saucepan over high heat. Roast the crushed lobster heads in the oil, stirring occasionally until browned, about 7 minutes. Add the tomato paste & sauté for 2 minutes.
  2. Turn the heat down to medium, and add in the butter, onions, carrots, celery, thyme, tarragon & bay leaf. Bring the butter to a simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat. Cover with plastic wrap. Let the butter steep at room temperature for 1 hour.
  3. Strain the butter through a chinois
  4. Return to a clean saucepan & simmer for about 15 minutes, whisking occasionally to prevent the milk solids from browning.
  5. Once the butter is clear, strain it through a coffee filter to remove the milk solids. Let it cool at room temperature.

Reserve refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 30 days.

Lobster Risotto


4 lobster tails

4 lobster claws

Arm, knuckle & leg meat, rinsed & diced

Lobster broth, for risotto & beurre monte

About 1/2 – 1lb of butter for beurre monte

Lobster butter, as needed

1 shallot, peeled & small diced

About 1/3 cup carnaroli rice, rinsed

1 red bell pepper (roasted, skinned & seeded), small diced

About 1/2 tsp Persian saffron

About 1/2 cup of white wine, pinot grigio

Baby arugula, small hand-full

Kosher salt, to taste

Saffron sea salt, for finishing


  1. Bring the lobster stock back up to a boil. Add boiling stock to the risotto as needed. Reserve the rest for Beurre Monte.     
  2. In a medium sauté pan, on low heat, add 1 tablespoon of the lobster butter & melt. Add shallots & sweat, but do not brown for about 2-3 minutes. Add in the saffron, and sauté for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add the carnaroli & additional lobster butter if needed, and sauté for 1-2 minutes to lightly toast the carnaroli and to absorb some of the butter. 
  3. Turn the heat to high. Add in the white wine. Reduce until almost fully absorbed. Turn heat to medium, adding hot lobster broth as needed, until cooked 3/4 of the way. Stirring frequently.
  4. When the risotto is almost done, turn the heat to high. Add in the diced red pepper & remaining lobster meat (arm, leg & knuckle). Add additional stock, a touch of lemon juice, and finish the risotto.

Taste & season with salt as needed.

Once the risotto is ready to be served, fold in some baby arugula so that it is slightly wilted. 

Beurre Monte or Poaching Liquid

  • About 1 quart of lobster broth
  • Lobster butter as needed
  • Unsalted butter, as needed (about 1/2lb – 1lb)
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Cut butter into chunks. In a small sauté pan, bring the lobster stock up to a simmer. Add the chunks of butter a little at a time, whisking constantly to incorporate. Be careful to maintain the emulsion.
  2. Keep on medium to low heat before poaching the lobster tails & claws. About 5 minutes before the risotto is ready to be served, place the tails & claws into the poaching liquid, on low heat, being delicate to not break the lobster meat.
  3. Poach the claws for about 30 seconds to finish cooking, flipping over about halfway through.
  4. Poach the tails for about 45 seconds to 1 minute, flipping halfway through. Turn off the heat.
  5. Take the tails & claws out of the poaching liquid, and place them onto a small tray lined with parchment & paper towel to drain off any excess liquid.

To Finish

Place any remaining stock & Beurre Monte into a heat-resistant container.

Spoon the risotto into the center of the hot bowls.

Place the poached tail on top of the risotto.

Place the poached claw off to the side.

Pour some of the beurre monte into a small container. Using a small pastry brush, dip into the liquid & brush over the tail, to glaze. Repeat the process for the claw. 

Freshly grind the saffron sea salt onto the tail & claw.

Place some of the lemon foam off the side of the claw in between the risotto & claw.

Place the lobster tuile in between the tail & the claw sticking out of either the risotto or the foam.

Garnish with micro-greens & flowers.

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Website: www.chefchrislavecchia.com

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Chef Adriana’s Octopus Galician Style with Potatoes and Paprika Recipe

Seafood AND potatoes? Count us in! Our March 2022 Chef of the Month’s Octopus Galician style with potatoes and paprika is our newest go-to dish.

“This recipe was inspired by the north of Spain in Galicia, this dish has very few ingredients and is simple to make and the flavor accent is Smoked Paprika and a really flavorful robust olive oil.”

Serves 4


  • 2 pounds of octopus cleaned, head and beak removed
  • 3 Yukon gold potatoes 
  • ¼ cup of robust extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion sliced in half
  • 2 bay leafs
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • Garnish: flat leaf parsley or microgreens


  1. In a 6 qt pot, boil water and add the bay leaves and onion.  
  2. Dunk the octopus 3 times to “scare it” then add back in boiling water and boil for 25 min.
  3. Remove octopus and set aside and save water
  4. In this water add the potatoes and boil for 12 min or so until fork-tender, the flavor of the octopus left in the water will infuse them with flavor.
  5. Slice the potatoes and create a base of the potatoes on a plate, place the octopus on top drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika and salt.
  6. Garnish with micro-greens and parsley

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Chef Carline’s Pan-Seared Halibut Filet Recipe

Fish fanatics, gather round…Chef Carline’s, our October 2021 Chef of the Month, pan-seared halibut filet recipe is light, refreshing and full of flavor. It’s the right choice for a great dinner dish!

Chef Carline's Pan-Seared Halibut Filet Recipe


  • 2 Halibut Filets
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (optional)
  • Fresh oregano de-sprigged
  • Fresh basil chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Minced garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Steak seasoning to taste
  • 1 cup Vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1/3 of cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 tablespoons Butter


  1. In steak pan, add butter and canola oil; under high heat sear Halibut filets 2-3 minutes depending on thickness of the filet. 
  2. Flip the filet to continue cooking another 2-3 minutes.  Remove from steak pan and place on a platter.
  3. Add vegetable broth, olive oil (if needed), lemon juice, black pepper, salt, minced garlic, basil, oregano, capers, and heavy cream to the steak pan.
  4. Stir ingredients together, bringing to a simmer for about a minute.  Serve filet on a bed of your favorite carb (e.g., potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, rice) dressed with the sauce.

Chef Eddie G.’s Pan Seared Scallops Recipe

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Our October 2020 Chef of the Month has shared the ultimate mouthwatering recipe: Pan Seared Scallops with a Barrow’s Ginger Reduction and Micro Green Medley. This scallop recipe is simple to make and the ginger reduction adds a nice explosion of flavor. Add a microgreen salad for a finishing twist!


  • 12 large scallops
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1/2 lb. micro greens


  1. In a sauté pan, heat 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Dry the scallops and gently place in hot oil, quickly browning the scallops on both sides. Place to the side of the pan and reserve.
  3. Add ginger liqueur carefully, and add minced garlic.
  4. Let reduce, adding butter until it’s the consistency of syrup.
  5. Place scallops on micro greens and top with the ginger glaze.
  6. Enjoy!

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Chef Roshara’s Blackened Sea Scallops and Shrimp Recipe

Scallops, Shrimp and Seafood broth – that’s what we call a delectable mixture of flavors and delicious food! Chef Ro, our September 2020 Chef of the Month‘s Blackened Sea Scallop and Shrimp Recipe, with an exceptional focus on the Seafood broth, is a mouthwatering seafood recipe that you’ll be craving.


  • 7 1/2 stick butter
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 5 shallots, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14 cups white wine
  • 2 qt Seafood Broth (reduce) 
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp
  • 1 tbsp. saffron
  • ¼ c chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the shallots and garlic and cooked until softened, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add the wine and saffron.
  4. Cook the scallops and shrimp and season. Toss into butter & coat with sauce.
  5. Add and reduce seafood broth and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Finish with fresh herbs.
  6. Give it a good stir, cover the pot, serve with crostini bread, scallops and shrimp.

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Chef Brazil’s Crab Fritters Recipe

Ever wake up feeling a bit…crabby? Luckily, Chef Brazil’s Crab Fritter Recipe is the crabby solution to a crabby situation (pun intended). Light, delicious and simple to make, you can find his recipe below!


  • 8 oz crab meat
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs (slightly beaten)
  • 1 tsp old bay or Cajun seasoning
  • tbsp fresh chopped parsley


  1. Mix all ingredients together except crab meat.
  2. Fold in crab meat and set in fridge for an hour.
  3. Scoop into 1 to 2 oz size balls.
  4. Set in fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. Fry each crab ball in pre-heated 350 degree oil and add in mixed ingredients.
  6. Drain on towel and serve.

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Chef Jouvens’ Poisson Gros Sel Recipe


Poisson Gros Sel, also known as Coarse Salt Fish, is a tasty seafood dish from Haiti. It is typically prepared with sea salt and fresh ingredients. Chef Jouvens’ recipe is not only easy to make, but it includes plantains and a spicy purple cabbage slaw to go with it! Find his recipe below:

Fish Ingredients

  • 8 oz Yellowtail Snapper filet
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 tsp piment piqué minced (scotch bonnet pepper)
  • 2 tbsp red onion julienne
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 4 oz semi-ripped plantain diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ oz red bell pepper julienne
  • ¼ oz yellow bell pepper julienne
  • ¼ oz green bell pepper julienne

Hot Slaw Ingredients

  • 1 oz purple cabbage
  • ½ oz green cabbage
  • ½ oz red bell pepper julienne
  • ½ oz yellow bell pepper julienne
  • ½ oz green bell pepper julienne
  • ½ oz carrot julienne
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp piment piqué (scotch bonnet pepper)
  • The juice of one lemon

Garnish Ingredients

  • 1 Banana Leaf (4’’X4’’)
  • 4 oz salt rock
  • 1 oz pickling spice

Hot Slaw Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix cabbages, bell peppers vinegar, piment piqué, carrot, lemon juice, salt and olive oil together.
  2. Set aside and allow slaw mix to rest in order for flavors to incorporate.

Fish Directions

  1. In a sauté pan over medium heat,  add white wine, butter, bell peppers, red onion, lemon juice, piment piqué, diced plantains, salt, pepper and bring to a simmer. Then add fish.
  2. Cook fish and plantains in the sauce for about 12 to 15 minutes.
  3. Place banana leaf in the center of a plate, add the diced plantains from the fish sauce and place fish on top of plantains.
  4. Spoon a generous amount of sauce on top of fish.

Garnish Directions

  1. Add hot slaw on top of fish; mix salt rock and pickling spice and add to the realm of the plate.


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Chef Jouvens’ Grilled Octopus with Crispy Capers Recipe


Our August Chef of the Month has whipped up yet another delicious recipe for us to try. His Grilled Octopus with Crispy Capers recipe is guaranteed to be a hit! Chef Jouvens also shares his homemade marinade that goes great with the tender octopus. Get the recipe below:


  • 4-6lb fresh octopus
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ cup salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup Pickling Spice
  • 4 fresh lemons, juiced
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup green pea tendrils
  • 1 tbsp fried capers (recipe below)
  • Octopus marinade (recipe below)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Marinade Ingredients

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp all spice
  • 2 tbsp ground garlic
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp Aji Amarillo Powder
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp Chinese Five Spice

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.

Fried Capers Ingredients

  • 10 capers
  • 1 cup olive oil


  1.  Make a court bouillon by putting water, salt, sugar, pickling spice and lemon juice in a pot and setting it to boil.
  2.  Dip octopus tentacles and body in the boiling court bouillon 3 times, waiting 5 seconds between before submerging the entire thing.
  3.  Allow the octopus to cook for 45 minutes.
  4.  Meanwhile, prepare the marinade and the fried capers.
  5.  Once octopus has cooked, remove from the liquid and cool at room temperature.
  6.  Once cooled, slice tentacles in long thing strips and submerge them in the marinade.
  7.  Set aside in the refrigerator for 4 hours. Note: the rest of the octopus is edible and can be used in other cooking applications such as for a soup or even a fresh salad.
  8. Remove tentacles from the marinade and place them on a hot grill just long enough to get a nice char on each side. Note: be careful not to put too many tentacles on the grill at one time, as too much oil from the marinade could cause an oil fire on your grill.

Fried Capers Directions

  1.  Drain and pay dry with paper towels. Heat olive oil in a small, heavy-duty skillet over medium-high heat.
  2.  Add capers to oil and fry until they are crisp and appear to no longer be frying.
  3.  Remove the capers from oil using a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
  4.  Leave capers out at room temperature until ready to use in final plating.

Plating Instructions

Serve the charred octopus over a bed of green pea tendrils. Finish with a sprinkle of smoked paprika, crispy capers, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt.

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Chef Jouvens’ Conch Fritters Recipe

Conch Fritters are a seafood must-have! Luckily, our August Chef of the Month, Chef Jouvens has shared his delicious Conch Fritter recipe, and as an added bonus, his recipe for Epis seasoning! Get the recipe below!

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Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp dry active yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp complete seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt & pepper

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup Mojo Criollo
  • 2 tbsp Epis
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups of diced conch (small diced)
  • 1 tbsp diced red onions
  • 1 tbsp diced mixed bell peppers
  • 1 tbsp chopped scallion

Epis Ingredients

Epis is a seasoning blend used in the majority of Haitian food for marinating and flavoring

  • 1 oz parsley (roughly chopped)
  • 1 oz scallion (roughly chopped)
  • 1 tbsp garlic (peeled & roughly chopped)
  • 1 tsp Scotch bonnet pepper (roughly chopped with seeds)

Directions for Epis

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth

Directions for Conch Fritters

1. Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl, and allow to rest in the refrigerator for about an hour before serving.

2. In a 350 degree deep fryer, use an ice cream scoop or spoon and place conch fritter batter mix in the fryer and fry until it’s a golden brown.

3. Remove from fryer and season with complete seasoning and serve hot!

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Chef John’s Creamy Salmon & Dill Soup


Chef John‘s Creamy Salmon & Dill Soup with Orzo is the dish you never knew you needed. This tasty soup is perfect to make for lunch or dinner, and is guaranteed to satisfy! Get the recipe below!


1 yellow onion peeled and small-diced

1 celery stalk small-diced

1 carrot peeled and small-diced

1 lb fresh Salmon filet cubed

½ cup heavy cream

1 ½ cups whole milk

2 cups fish stock

¼ T flour

¼ T canola oil

½ cup Orzo pasta

Water boiled for pasta

¼ cup Parmesan

1 ½ oz fresh Dill


1.  Cook Orzo pasta in boiling water, strain set aside.

2. Lightly sauté onion, celery, & carrot

3. Add fish stock, milk, and heavy cream. Bring to soft boil while stirring.

4. Combine flour and oil together in separate bowl to form a roux to thicken soup, once roux is made, slowly whisk into soft boiling soup.

5. Whisk in Parmesan, Dill, and cubed salmon pieces.

6. Stir, then once salmon is cooked, lightly blend/puree soup with immersion blender.

7. Add Orzo pasta for texture and garnish to soup.

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