Andrew Zimmern posted some backstage photos with Black River Caviar at the Cochon 555 Chef’s Course Dinner in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Looks like they had a great time!
“The Cochon 555 weekend takeover kicked off with a Chef’s Course Dinner at Spoon and Stable last Friday—a seated five-course meal prepared by host chef Gavin Kaysen, Steven Brown, Erik Anderson, Doug Flicker, Diane Yang and yours truly. An amazing group of local chefs that have made this city’s food scene what it is today.”
Black River Caviar made the list for Travel + Leisure’s “finding the best sustainable caviar”!
It used to be that great caviar came only from Russia and Iran—but other parts of the world are catching up. Eat these sustainably farmed varieties in situ, or purchase some for a perfect holiday gift.
Black River Caviar is a proud sponsor of the 34th Annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival.
The Kapalua Wine & Food Festival was established in 1981 by the non-profit Kapalua Wine Society. The Festival was created to educate, initiate and foster the appreciation of fine wines and culinary products, as well as showcase the natural beauty of Kapalua Resort. The Kapalua Wine & Food Festival is one of the oldest festivals of its kind in the nation.In addition, the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival provides local, national and international vendors an opportunity to showcase their products to our guests, including: resort visitors, Hawaii and Mainland residents, state and national media, hoteliers, restaurateurs and industry insiders.
Over the years, the Festival program has grown to incorporate cooking demonstrations, wine and food pairings, winemakers’ dinners, a golf tournament, tennis clinic, the Kapalua wine tour and two major evening galas, the celebrated Grand Tasting with theme-inspired cuisine and wines from around the world and the spectacular Seafood Festival featuring culinary delights from Hawaii’s most prominent Chefs. New wine enthusiasts and veterans alike have been attracted throughout the years to all the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival has to offer.Each year, local and national writers promote our exclusive Festival throughout the world. What makes the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival unique is its intimacy. Guests have several re-occurring opportunities throughout the weekend to mingle with all attending Master Sommeliers, winemakers and chefs. The Festival is also dedicated to obtaining the finest of wines and attracting proclaimed panelists. Attendance is purposely limited to approximately 3,500 guests throughout the four-day Festival in order to maintain the highest quality and attract only an affluent audience. Consumers are able to sample the best wines and interact with prominent industry leaders in one of the most beautiful resort settings in the world.
The objective each year is to continue to position the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival as the most distinguished culinary Festival in the state of Hawaii, and as one of the most respected in the nation. This distinction is achieved by hand-selecting the participating wineries and celebrity chefs and requiring them to showcase only their most reserved vintages and revered products.
Decades of environmental issues may have toppled Caspian Sea caviar from its pedestal, but let’s face it, those little black pearls are still synonymous with indulgence (especially around the holidays).
First, the back-story: Toward the end of the 1980s, Uruguayan businessman Walter Alcalde received word from a Russian colleague that research had deemed his South American country perfect for raising caviar-producing sturgeon.
So Alcalde brought equipment, eggs and a sturgeon expert over from Russia, and a decade later, he began harvesting osetra caviar.
His Black River brand now has a strong following among American chefs and connoisseurs.
We would like to describe in some detail the principals which set apart our one of a kind farming facilities and allow us to set the standard for a totally new concept: the WILD-RAISED production of caviar.
To date the consumer has known about only two sources of caviar:
The Caspian Sea area (Russia and Iran), where caviar is harvested from the wild sturgeon.
The other known source is newer and less appetizing: it involves sturgeon being Farm-Raised. This process involves a closed circuit of recirculated waters (99%) in artificial pools or tanks, which require the overused water be treated with filters and chemical products.
From its inception, Black River Caviar sought out the perfect environment within which we knew we could match the quality of wild caviar production.
We have therefore designed all our facilities on our farm in such a way that they are harmoniously adapted to the environment and best utilize the pristine natural habitat that is the Rio Negro – Uruguay.
Our guiding philosophical principal is the recreation of ‘life in the wild’ for the sturgeon: from day one until the moment of our caviar harvesting.
When it comes to the future of the caviar industry, sustainability is the name of the game, says Graham Gaspard, CEO and president of Black River Caviar. Oil drilling, pollution, over-fishing — “there are a lot of things going on in the sturgeon habitats that are just making it very, very difficult for sturgeon to survive in the natural world,” Gaspard says. “Farming has really taken off in the last 10 to 15 years.”
Black River Caviar farm in Uruguay was founded by Walter Alcalde in the 1990s. “He had spent many many years in the Caspian Sea region, working with fishermen,” Gaspard says. “He saw what was happening to the sturgeon habitat there and decided that it was imperative that there needed to be something to keep the sturgeon species going.”
Black River is working on reviving the following populations: Siberian, also known as a Baerii; Gueldenstaedtii, also known as Russian Oscietra; Sevruga; and Beluga, Gaspard says.
“We just recently put beluga in the water,” he says. “That’s been a very interesting process for us because Beluga are predators. We brought in about a half a million fertilized roe. We hatched these fish and they started eating each other. It’s something that we’re really looking hard at trying to get them going. We think the survivors are going to do well. Hopefully, years down the road we will be producing Beluga caviar.”
Most sturgeon species are endangered, Gaspard says.
“Through farming techniques such as Black River, and there’s a number of other ones around the world, we’re keeping these species alive,” he says. “And hopefully the natural world will come back and they can be reintroduced.”
“What does an environmentally conscious importer of caviar do to get their exceptional, delicious product to their customers without using EPS foam coolers? They call Salazar Packaging and together they design a Globe Guard® cooler box that will ship safely and economically and is 100% reusable, recyclable and/or biodegradable if it ends up in a land fill. The nice people at www.BlackRiverCaviar.com wanted a box that is consistent with their approach to the market and environment, and they found it.
Promoting the Black River Caviar Brand
The client discovered making the change to custom printed, custom size cooler boxes was easier and less expensive than anticipated. The onetime cost of their one-color print plate and the add-on for a one-color print for their four different box sizes was minimal when compared to the cost of specialty labels and the labor to apply them. Every box going out the door has the same consistent quality message about their brand and their process.”
“We know that you expect and appreciate fine food and quality ingredients. We know that you also share our dedication to responsible stewardship of natural resources. For that reason, we are especially proud to be able to offer you Black River ossetra sturgeon caviar, which is sustainably produced by a unique wild-farming method that enables our enjoyment without compromising the species’ future.”