Around here, the Christmas season revolves around two things: family and seafood.
That’s right, seafood.
Christmas Eve is one of the biggest fish days of the year, and not just on Cape Cod, but all over New England and New York, too.
We have the Italians to thank for that. The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian-American tradition that originated in Southern Italy. People say the idea of incorporating seven fish into Christmas Eve dinner may have something to do with the number seven being the most frequently mentioned word in the Bible.
We say putting together a dinner that includes seven different kinds of seafood is a fantastic way to celebrate the winter season and our local bounty no matter what––even if you’re not Italian.
So if for whatever reason you happen to need seven fish on Christmas Eve, we have you covered. Our market in Osterville is open until 4 p.m. on December 24.
One way to make any gathering easier at this busy time of year is to order one of our party platters. Think about it: a platter with with shrimp cocktail, shucked oysters, and littlenecks takes care of three “fishes” all at once. We’ve also got cooked platters and ready to cook dishes that are excellent for parties. For these, just remember to call us a day ahead of time.
We will are also be whipping up fresh batches of our homemade crab cakes. They really make the perfect party appetizer. And all you need to do is warm them up. This year, we are making salmon cakes, too, and we’re eager to have you try them and let us know how you like them.
For those of you who want to do it all from scratch, we’re here for you, too, with our usual selection of fresh seafood, including cod, haddock, salmon, scallops, shrimp, lobsters and all the rest. We also like to branch out for the holiday season. Smelts and squid are especially the most popular for the Feast, so we’ll have plenty of those, too.
If you’re thinking of anything else that we don’t always carry, feel free to ask us in advance and we’ll be sure to see what we can do. And happy holidays––whether you’re going for seven fishes or just a few.