Feast of the Seven Fishes

Feast of the Seven Fishes

Italian immigrants brought the Feast of Seven Fishes, a Christmas Eve culinary tradition in Italy, to America, where it became part of the menu on restaurants that celebrated the fish and shellfish made classic by the Feast.

Many Italians love seafood at Christmas. On Christmas Eve, it's common that no meat (and also sometimes no dairy) is eaten. Often a light seafood meal is eaten and then people go to the Midnight Mass service. The types of fish and how they are served vary between different regions in Italy. But it’s this tradition in particular - which became known as “The Feast of the Seven Fishes” - that bridged eating seafood at the holidays into American culture. The Feast is an elaborate 7 (sometimes even 13) course of all seafood dishes, ranging from Baccala (salted Cod), clams, squid, sea bass, lobster, sardines to eel and mussels. Recipes and seafood selections are diverse by region, tradition, family recipes, or even what was on hand at the local fish market. Now this tradition has gained attention and has slowly earned its way deeper into American culture - many non-Italian families are embracing fish dishes inspired by this ethnic celebration. This Season, try some seafood. It might just become your tradition too.

Now you can craft your own amazing meal with our expansive selection of seafood designed to help you serve up a multiple course dinner that will be one of the more memorable experience of your Holiday season.

In reality, we can source just about anything your heart desires. Click the chat button to the right or send us an email (info@getmainelobster.com).

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Newest Member of the Team

Welcome, Scarlett Desgrosseilliers, pictured with her big sister. She was born this morning (11/28/18). We're excited to have another member of the family we can spoil!
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Cyber Monday Exercises

Are You Ready For Your Cyber Monday Shopping?

In order to have a successful day of shopping online, it is imperative to ensure that your wrists and fingers are ready to perform. The worst thing that could happen to you is a cramp early in the day and you're unable to finish the race.

Keys To Success: Cyber Monday Marathon:

  • Quality Sleep: I know you will be tempted to stay up for the Sunday Night Football, but you have a big day tomorrow, you need your rest. Early to bed.
  • Green Smoothie and Vitamins: Begin the day with nutrients that will fuel your brain to make good buying decisions.
  • Proper Stretching: You need your hands to be nimble and FAST. The chart below is essential for getting your wrists and fingers ready for the HUGE day you have ahead of you. Let's Click!
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Let's recap: Sleep, Nutrition, Stretching. You can do it! Set yourself up for success and win the Cyber Monday marathon!

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Let’s Make Your Holiday Entertaining Exceptional & Easy

At last, the Holiday Season is upon us. A time renowned for being with friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. A season of special meals, parties, get-togethers and food. And for many of us, it’s a period of harried preparations, shopping, gifting – and entertaining. Hosting guests, creating memorable family gatherings, and attending events all in a short period time can put the strain on even the most organized. And in the midst of all the Holiday bustle, we still want to relax and be able to sit back, converse, and enjoy – all while eating well (and hopefully healthfully too!) We can help. GetMaineLobster offers some really special items that can elevate your Holiday menus – and make preparations easy enough for you to shine in the kitchen but not spend the whole time in it. Here are some quick tips to make this Holiday the best ever...

Consider Small Dishes

There’s a reason why so many “small plate” restaurants have popped up over the past few years: they enable diners to experience multiple ingredients and flavors while keeping most preparations simple and delicious. At the Holidays, small dishes can diversify your menu, feed a variety of tastes, and make a hit when having company by serving them as passed dishes or even buffet. Serving small plates bypasses a heavy sit-down meal, usually can be prepared in advance, can have multiple “themes” ( vegetarian, gluten free, hot or cold, and diverse proteins like beef or seafood) and allow you to “mix and mingle at jingling speed” with your guests. Some of our favorite seafood go-tos include the ultimate “finger food”: the lobster roll. Serve chilled either full size or cut the roll in half for a passed appetizer. Crab rolls are also excellent. Another easy but special small plate are single serve Cedar Plank Brown Sugar & Cracked Pepper Atlantic Salmons (grilled or baked in the oven). These are amazing when served on their small wood planks as a simple dish. Finally, there is nothing like bowl full of Maine Jonah crab claws, served chilled and with a dipping aioli for your guests to experience a fresh bite of the sea. All these items can arrive well in advance and be stored frozen until the day of your party.

Here are some recipes for small plates we hope lend a hand as you prepare your menus:

Crafting the Big Meals

The Holidays can also call for more sophisticated, sit-down meals, especially for those special dinners on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Passover, and New Year’s Eve. These meals range between intimate dinners for two to the whole extended family flying in to celebrate.Either way, they often call for a truly special menu – and we think seafood is the perfect fit (who wants to be basting a turkey or checking on the roast all day?) There is a reason why Maine Lobster Tails are far and away our best seller in the month of December: our customers have discovered how delicious, special, and easy to prepare they are. Lobster takes a meal to whole new level, and it doesn’t have to be complex to prepare to make it the Holiday standout – tails are very easily boiled, grilled, or baked ( make it even better and stuff it with some crabmeat). If the whole clan is arriving, consider buying tails in bulk and putting the wow factor into your dinner. Growing up, my mother always started out our New England Christmas dinner with her homemade clam chowder. We take pride in our chowders and bisques and they can make the first course one of the best and simplest to get to the table. A nice fresh piece of fish, served family-style on a passed platter, can also be the star main course – consider some of our Maine-caught halibut, cod, or haddock. All can be prepared as simply or elaborately as your time and recipes allow. Our salmon wellingtons – or beef if you prefer – are wonderful choices for saving kitchen time, while delivering a delicious elegance that will impress all at your Holiday feast.

For those looking to invest in more time preparing, here are some of our recipes that can take your meal to the next level; or check out our curated Holiday meal packages:

The “Just Bring Something” Dilemma

Let’s face it: being invited over to a party can sometimes be as stressful as hosting your own when you are caught unprepared. The invitation says “bring a dish” and you are at a loss. You can be under the same pressure to impress as a guest as you as a host. Showing up with a plate of dry Christmas cookies, a bland bottle of wine, or a tired casserole dish is not the impression you want to make. We can help. Consider a stock of our own Lobster Mac and Cheese – thaw, transfer to dish, and heat at your host’s. No one will resist this hit, creamy with lobster goodness, served buffet style. Another easy yet special touch are Maine Crab Cakes – a quick sear before at home, bring them warm to your host to finish in the oven, and plate them with a side of ailoi. On the hook for desert? No problem: rich, chocolate whoopie pies from Maine are a hit in every state, watch them disappear.

Need more inspiration? Try these when called upon to “Just Bring Something”:

We hope that these tips not only help you to impress this Holiday, but eat healthfully and prepare your dishes with time to spare to actually enjoy the company of family and friends!

Happy Holidays!

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Seafood for Thought: The First Thanksgiving

In November my mailbox fills up with my subscriptions  to many of the country’s premier food magazines, and, inevitably, they ALL have a turkey on their covers. It astonishes me how every single year, all of them circle back to the iconic dish (along with a battery of “new” side dishes) of America’s king of all eating (and family) days of the year. How exhausting it must be to annually come up with engaging recipes to a meal that is among the most time honored, routine, and traditional meals of all time. But: Where’s the Fish? Where’s the Seafood?

I often wonder how seafood is so overlooked on the biggest feast day in America. So I decide to investigate what  happened on the First Thanksgiving. “Thanksgiving” was a three day feast held in the autumn of 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag to celebrate the colony's survival, brotherhood with the natives, and their first fruitful harvest. Let’s face it, the Pilgrims and the Native Americans located within the Plymouth Colony were located right on Cape Cod Bay, which back in the 1620’s was literally brimming with fish and shellfish –reports of lobsters being so abundant that they lined the beaches they could be picked up by hand and codfish so thick in the water they could be harvested in baskets.  We know how important seafood was to the Pilgrim’s survival.

Seafood, an important staple at the first Thanksgiving

So in fact, most culinary historians strongly believe that seafood played a major part in the menu of the First Thanksgiving. Mussels thrived in New England and could be harvested easily off inshore rocks. Shellfish beds of clams and oysters would have been rich along the Massachusetts coast, along with a wealth of inshore lobsters. Striped bass would have been plentiful and commonly follow baitfish right into the bays. Historians believe that seafood was commonly smoked and dried at the time, so all were very likely present at the feast.2 Ironically, there were no potatoes as they hadn’t been introduced to North America at that time, no cranberry relish (they had no sugar), and no pumpkin pies, as an oven hadn’t even been built yet. The kicker? It is more likely the primary fowl served was duck, goose, or even potentially swan or pigeon.

So why did the seafood disappear from the menu over the centuries? Some speculate that with the advent of Lincoln’s approval of it as a National Holiday (it is believed he found it to be a national holiday of healing following the horror of the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War in 1863), the menus began to follow cookbooks which crafted recipes of the 1860s, not the actual menu of 1621. Sarah Josepha Hale, a poet, editor and author, is largely attributed to be the main advocate of making Thanksgiving a national holiday. Hale was also editor of the popular women’s magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book, , along with many cookbooks, where she published several recipes that likely set the tone of Thanksgiving menus to come 3. Indeed, these recipes – a combination of New England Tradition and Victorian food trends -  may have greatly impacted the traditional menu we all think about some 200 years later. And she skipped the fish and lobster, largely because it wasn’t available outside coastal areas like here in New England.

Bringing home the hold days

So this year, honor our Pilgrim forefathers by putting some New England lobster and seafood on the table. Perhaps it will start a new tradition in your home that is actually closer to The First Thanksgiving. To inspire you, we’ve included our own exclusive Thanksgiving Seafood Recipes booklet, you can download it here: 

Mac's Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes >

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Winslow, Edward. “A Letter Sent from New England,” A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth. Ed: Dwight B. Heath. New York: Corinth Books, 1963. page 82
  2. http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/first-thanksgiving-meal
  3.  http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Ask-an-Expert-What-was-on-the-menu-at-the-first-Thanksgiving.html?c=y&page=1

Want to add some Maine lobster and seafood to your Thanksgiving Day menu?

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What Inspires Me…

The photo above is Kara (NV). Kara is a customer of ours and recent recipient of my Random Acts of Kindness. The following is a series of emails between her and I.

ME: 12/7
Looks like I’m buying your order! Congrats on being Sunday’s recipient of my random acts of kindness.

KARA: 12/7
OH MY GOSH! I can’t believe it! Thanks you so much, you’re amazing! I will make sure I pass on a random act of kindness! Have a happy holiday!

ME: 12/7
I could not have asked for a better reply. Have an awesome holiday.

KARA: 12/9
Good morning Mark! I just wanted to let you know that we had to pass on your random act of kindness. Last night my family and I went to Target. We purchased 8 Barbie dolls & 4 Razor scooters and took them to our local radio stations annual toy drive. With your generosity 12 children will have presents this year! Thank you so much!

ME: 12/9
I AM BLOWN AWAY. YOU ARE AMAZING AND HAVE A GORGEOUS FAMILY. This is the most awesome ripple effect. Thanks for being a KICKASS human being!

This is where I got goosebumps all over my body…

KARA: 12/9
I’m so grateful for your generosity!

ME: 12/9
Thank you and thank you. YOU are the reason why I do this.

As a business owner, I am constantly having to remind myself of my “WHY”. Why do I do what I do and in the way that I do it? Kara, today, reinforced my answer to that constant question of why.

Why do I do what I do? I want people to have amazing experiences as often as possible. I am not alone in this. My whole team feels the same way. We talk about it all the time.

Random Acts of Kindness was born from this idea. I have no expectations of anyone when they are the recipient. I truly love doing it. Do I hope that it inspires people to pay if forward, yes, of course. However, that is not what drives this. My purpose is entirely selfish, as I gain the most joy by delivering the most joy.

In closing, Kara, thanks for the reminder and for being a powerful person in the world. YOU ROCK & are truly inspirational!

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Humanity is Grand

Thank you for being awesome.

This year’s Random Acts of Kindness campaign has been an amazing experience for me and my team. Random Acts of Kindness is a focused movement that pays for one lobster meal per day. What began as a fun way to give back, swiftly turned into consistent moments of marvel.

As this chapter closes on Random Acts of Kindness, I cannot express how humbled I am by the greatness that lies within you. I wish each of you were able to read all of the messages we received in response to this effort. Truly inspirational.

Let me share three:

Kara from NV: Kara was so awesome I had to blog about it. READ HERE >

Dr. W. from California: “I was so very moved by the “Pay it forward” story that I volunteered to treat Vets coming back from Afghanistan/Iraq needing evaluations & treatment for PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder). Least I could do! Let’s all keep this “Movement Going”! Best & Cheers” – Dr.W

Teresa from GA: Teresa started off like this, “I’m sure it won’t be me Mr. Murrell, as I can’t afford to order. But God bless you and Kara. Merry Christmas sir”. I took the liberty of entering Teresa into the daily mix. Her response made my day, “Omg are you serious?  Thank you so much. You are awesome. I love lobster. I haven’t had it in so long my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Again thank you Sir. Have a blessed night.”

You can see the pattern here. Awesomeness abound.

What’s the big lesson?

Small things make big waves. Paying for one lobster dinner per day is small in comparison to the many efforts of others trying to make the world a better place. However, this small effort made big waves, and some boys from Maine are making the world a better place, one lobster dinner at a time.

I try not to “should” people, I like the word choose.

Every day, choose an opportunity to make someone else’s day. I promise and guarantee it will make you happy AND it will spread. What can you choose to do today? Tell me about it.

You know what we call that folks, it’s paying it forward.

Let’s Give, Receive, and Pay it Forward.

Merry Christmas, Happy Ḥanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays

Mark Murrell

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[Ghost] Lobster caught off the coast of Maine

Their lack of pigmentation is caused by a genetic condition.

Even in Maine, a see-through lobster is a sight to see. Fisherman Mike Billings hauled in this rare translucent lobster on Tuesday morning off Stonington. According to Canada’s Global News, the odds of landing an albino or “ghost” lobster are 100 million to 1.

The “ghost” lobsters are likely caused by a genetic condition called Leucism. Billings said the lobster was too small to keep, so he threw it back overboard.

This was not Billings’ first rare lobster: In 2014, he caught a lobster with one blue claw. The pincher claw appeared to be small for the size of the lobster, meaning the original claw was likely destroyed and a blue claw regenerated in its place. The same year, he caught a rare calico lobster.

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