Give the Gift of The Gulf Coast

We hold a tremendous amount of love in our hearts for the enduring folks that call the Mississippi Gulf Coast their home.  So when we heard NPR’s recent report on the lingering traumatic effects of BP oil spill, we were reminded to do something, anything, to help our friends during this holiday season.

Inspired by the White House purchase of 2,000 pounds of Gulf Coast seafood for the holidays, we reached out to our friends in both Louisiana and Mississippi to ask for leads.  Perhaps a fisherman we could buy those sweet shrimp from?  Or an oysterman who could ship some Gulf Coast beauties our way?

A few days later, we have cobbled together the following ideas.  If you have not yet crossed off everyone on your gift list,  please consider giving your loved one, friend, or colleague a little taste of the Gulf Coast.  We can promise that dollars spent here really do make a difference.

SO WHY NOT…

Indulge them with a few pounds of fresh Gulf shrimp from Anna Marie Seafood

Shrimper Lance Nacio hails from bayou country southwest of New Orleans near Dulac, Louisiana. Driven by his mission to “provide the American public with quality wild caught free range shrimp free of any antibiotics caught fresh in water off the coast of Louisiana, Lance has joined forces with Bluewater Shrimp Company, utilizing their prime location and “state of the art” Individual Quick Freezing machinery to lock in the freshness of each individual shrimp. The I.Q.F. process flash freezes each shrimp in their original state of freshness.

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Dazzle them with a gift certificate for jumbo lump crab meat from Four Winds Seafood

Ray Brandhurst has only wanted to be a shrimper his whole life. He grew up in Orleans Parish and spent his childhood around the Rigolets (French for gutter or trench) on shrimp docks. Perhaps it’s in his blood. Shrimping stretches back over seven generations in his family. In the 1700s, his ancestors were fishermen in the Basque region of Spain.
For over five-years, his wife and business partner Kay has been a star vendor at the Crescent City Farmers Market. Prior to each Market day, she meets Ray at the dock where he unloads fresh and IQF (Individual Quick Frozen) shrimp and bycatch (the calamari and finfish that also get scooped up by the trauling nets). With ice chests loaded onto their delivery truck, Kay heads to the farmers market with products to dazzle the food-obsessed shoppers.

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Spoil them with a couple dozen Gulf Coast oysters from Crystal Seas

Established in 1996, Crystal Seas Seafood is a family owned business that has built an unrivaled reputation as a leader in the seafood industry.  Crystal Seas Seafood is located in Pass Christian on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. As well as supplying restaurants, Crystal Seas is also a fixture at local farmers markets.

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Inspire them with the P&J Oyster Cookbook

Founded in 1876, P&J oyster has been selling seafood for over 125 years! Family owned and located in the French Quarter, P&J is the oldest continually operating dealer of oysters in the United States.

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Or make them the hippest cat in town with a Crescent City Farmers Market  “I Love Brown Shrimp” T-Shirt

100% of the proceeds benefit the market and their ongoing campaigns including The White Boot Brigade, an offshoot program promoting the welfare and livelihoods of small scale shrimp and seafood fishermen throughout the Gulf Coast.

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NEW ADDITIONS 12/6/2010!

Thanks to everyone who wrote in with these great finds…

A dapper pelican tie from NOLA Couture

A symbol of our home, Louisiana, and a classic look throughout the year, our Pelican tie is the perfect addition to your tie collection. $5 from the sale of each Pelican tie will go to the Audubon Institute’s Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program.

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Another super stylish tee thanks to the folks at Threadless

All proceeds from the sale of “PeliCAN” will be donated to Gulf Restoration Network. The ink was graciously donated by Sharprint and both designers donated their payment as well.

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A pelican nightlight from Uncommon Goods

Help light the path to Gulf Coast wildlife relief with this fundraising night light. Devastated by the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on local shore birds, Florida-based husband and wife team Vawn and Mike Grayanswered with an artistic call to action in partnership with UncommonGoods: ten percent of the proceeds from each Louisiana Brown Pelican night light and the Sandpiper night light benefit Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research.

Fueled by a tireless team of on-call biologists, veterinarians, chemists and volunteers, Tri-State Bird Rescue & Researchhas been rehabilitating injured, orphaned and oiled wildlife since 1976.

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“Fragile State” Pearl and Oyster Pendant by Jose Balli

Two oysters in the shape of Louisiana with a white pearl representing the sun and hope for a better tomorrow. The pendant also has two oysters on the reverse side. 25% of proceeds will be donated to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

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And one more poignant “Rescue Me” shirt from Fluerty Girl

A Collaborative effort with Fleurty Girl and Audubon Institute’s Louisiana Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Rescue Program. LMMSTRP is the only Organization Authorized to Rescue Oil Spill Marine Animals in Louisiana. We have teamed up with Audubon Institute’s LMMSTRP to do a limited-edition shirt with 100% of the net proceeds going straight to LMMSTRP.This shirt is on 100% combed organic cotton and printed using soy oil-based inks. No petroleum products were used for the printing of this shirt.

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