So why does Duke of Duke’s Chowder House go to Alaska in search of Weathervane Scallops? No other restaurant owner has ever been on the scallop boat and it makes you wonder why, doesn’t it?
“I found the best tasting scallops in the world. They are so good, so perfect, so wild and so natural. I saw it all firsthand,” says Duke Moscrip of Duke’s Chowder House. No restaurant owner had ever been aboard to witness this kind of fishing. Duke is thrilled to be carrying these unique wild scallops on his menu today featuring eight unique recipes not available in any other restaurant.
He appreciates the fact that they are harvested in relatively small quantities, handled carefully, and processed quickly after harvest. Duke has dubbed these the “Oh My God” Weathervane Scallops. They are coveted for their large meaty abductor muscle and are harvested from all over Alaska including the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands. Hand-shucked and frozen on board immediately after they are pulled from the clean icy waters of Alaska, these domestic sustainable wild scallops are naturally low in fat and are prized for their ultra-fresh taste and sublime sweet flavor. Duke buys the scallops from a handful of boats that harvest according to the strict standards and regulations set forth by Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game and each has an independent At-Sea Observer on board to ensure that sustainable practices are followed and that the by-catch of any crab is carefully monitored as well. The scallops are sold in five pound boxes and each box ensures traceability to the source because the vessel and date of harvest are clearly marked on the box.
So, why does Duke go to Alaska? He claims that he does it because he wants to bring back the best seafood for his valued guests. “It makes such a difference to have the best,” he adds. Duke had been buying east coast scallops for years. He said that there is nothing wrong with them. However, when he heard about Wild Alaska Weathervane Scallops, he just had to jump on a plane and see for himself. He found a sustainable resource that is free of unnecessary preservatives and chemicals. Unlike other restaurants, Duke’s Alaska Weathervane Scallops have no Sodium tripolyphosphate (STP, sometimes STPP or sodium tripolyphosphate or TPP). STPP is a suspected neurotoxin according to the National Institute for Occupational, Safety and Health (NIOSH) as reported by http://www.FoodandWaterWatch.org in an article entitled “What’s On Your Fish?
Duke’s Chowder House has recently earned a 4.5 grade (Blue Fish rating) out of 5 by Fish2Fork, a leading evaluator of seafood restaurants. This is the highest seafood restaurant rating in the State of Washington.