Customer E-Letters 2015 - 2016


Finestkind Lobster - Spring 2016 Customer Letter February 24, 2016 10:32PM


Dear Finestkinders:

Spring Lobster Day 2016

Spring Lobster Day will be held this year on Saturday May 21, 2016. We'll be mailing you an announcement the third week of March and our Pickup Site will once again be at Falls Church High School. So start putting together your guest list - there's nothing better than getting your family and friends together for a pre-summer feast of fresh Maine Lobster, Steamers and Gulf Shrimp.

Maine Lobster Outlook

With relatively warm water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine, lobster predictions are for an early shed similar to 2012. While this could cause a few too many soft shells for the summer tourist season, it shouldn't have much of an effect on the spring lobster catch. Demand worldwide continues to increase for Canadian and Maine lobsters - both live and processed. This continues to put upward pressure on prices.

Gulf Shrimp Outlook

Last spring, I got a chance to visit Alexandria, Louisiana where Finestkind gets its wild brown shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico. Located 75 miles southeast of New Orleans, it's quite a sight with shrimp boat captains and crews coming and going on their "winged" trawlers. Like the Maine lobsterman, these shrimpers get up early and work hard to earn their money. Crews can be out for 24 hours to net and sort their desired catch. Weekends are spent repairing boats, nets and rigging. Bringing their catch to port packed in ice, the shrimp is unloaded weighed, de-headed, rinsed, re-weighed and packed in ice for shipment by air. With the quick turnaround and no chemicals added, the result is a much fresher, tastier and meatier shrimp than you'll find in local markets. Expect 2016 to be another very solid shrimp harvest.

Maine Clams Outlook

Maine clams are also expected to have a good season in 2016. The caveat with the soft shell clams is their quantity and quality is always highly subject to weekly environmental and regulatory factors. This winter was relatively warm, so we don't foresee any problems with clam diggers getting to the riverbeds like we did last year.

Gourmet Specialty Foods

For those of you who like easy preparation, try our two lobster soups (Smoked Scallop Lobster Bisque and Lobster Corn Chowder) and four lobster dishes (Lobster Mac & Cheese, Lobster Risotto, Lobster Pot Pies and Lobster Wellington) from award winning Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company. These come frozen and make a great feast all by themselves. Here's a link to our Specialty Foods webpage for more details: http://lobsterday.com/preparedfoods.htm.

Looking for Alternate New Year's Eve Lobster Day Site for 2016

The Kena Shriners property on Route 50 (Arlington Boulevard) has recently been sold to a developer, and therefore will not be available for our 2016 New Years Eve Lobster Day. We are currently looking at alternative sites. If anyone is aware of a site that would suit our needs (60' by 80' open interior space, parking for 60+ cars, 2 outside ground-level access doors, access to kitchen facilities) please let us know and we'll make the contact. As a general rule, the public schools are pretty much shut down for the holidays and therefore not available to open on New Year's Eve.

And on a Very Special Note - Thank You Ed Rindler

For those who had not heard, Ed Rindler, our good friend and founder of Finestkind Lobster passed away on Tuesday November 3, 2015. Ed had been hospitalized after suffering what appeared to be a stroke in September while driving. His family and friends said he was making progress on his recovery when he suddenly died.

Family and friends attended a small gathering Saturday evening November 7th hosted by Ed's niece, Sara Adland to remember her beloved Uncle Ed. Between the many laughs and occasional tears, you heard the story of a man who made an incredible impact on so many people's lives. From his personal friendship and generosity, to his groundbreaking professional work - tracking terrorist financing at the State Department, to his legacy of bringing thousands of families and friends together on Lobster Day, Ed Rindler really did make a difference. His many talents, unique personality, love of life and bold determination to live it on his terms made him someone we will surely not forget.

For those interested, the following link is the URL address of Ed's obituary in the Boston Globe.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?n=edward-p-rindler&pid=176355554&fhid=20836

We Will Miss You Ed - God Bless

Everyone stay warm - Spring is just around the corner! Any questions or feedback, please give us a call.

Hope to see you on May 21st!

All the best,

Chris & Margie Cobb



Finestkind Lobster - Summer Customer Letter July 24, 2015 6:25PM


Dear Finestkinders:

Just a brief Summer update in anticipation of our upcoming Fall Lobster Day.

2015 Fall Lobster Day Date

Mark your calendar and get your guest list together for Finestkind's 34th Annual Fall Lobster Day - Saturday October 24th at Falls Church High School. Details and order cards will be mailed out the third week of August and we'll begin taking orders immediately thereafter. If you've moved or don't receive an invite, please don't hesitate to email us @ lobsterday@gmail.com or give us a call @ (703) 333-2978.

Lobster Outlook

The 2015 lobster season seems to be a repeat of 2014 which means good eating! The long cold winter has caused the lobsters to shed their shells later in the summer. If history is any indicator, this will translate to more tender lobster meat for Fall and even New Year's Eve. Should be tasty!

Shrimp and Clams

All indications are that this year will again be an abundant harvest for both wild Gulf Shrimp and Steamers.

Have a great summer and hope to see each of you for our Fall Lobster Day! All the Best,

Chris Cobb



Finestkind Lobster - Winter Customer Letter February 21, 2015 8:15PM


Dear Finestkinders:

The date of our Spring Lobster Day is Saturday May 16, 2015. We'll be mailing you an announcement the third week of March and our Pickup Site will once again be at Falls Church High School. So start putting together your guest list - there's nothing better than getting your family and friends together for a pre-summer feast of fresh Maine Lobstah and Steamahs and Gulf Shrimp.

Lobster Specialty Soups and Dishes

We've added to our traditional Lobster Day menu! At our NYE Lobster Day, we introduced two lobster soups (Smoked Scallop Lobster Bisque and Lobster Corn Chowder) from award winning Hancock Gourmet Lobster Company. We sold out all of the 62 containers we had on hand and have received great feedback. So we decided to add three lobster dishes (Lobster Mac & Cheese, Lobster Risotto, and Lobster Pot Pies) for our Spring Lobster Day.

Please take a look and give one a try. The special Finestkind prices are 50% of what you can buy them for elsewhere. And since they come in frozen packages, you can enjoy your gourmet lobster soups and dishes 365 days a year!

Here's a link to our Specialty Foods webpage for more details: http://lobsterday.com/preparedfoods.htm

Maine Lobster Outlook - Good

Some experts are already saying New England's record cold winter could make 2015 a similar year to 2014 with lobsters shedding their shells later in the summer. Spring lobsters shouldn't be affected, but look for 2015 Fall and NYE lobster to once again have softer shells and more tender meat.

Gulf Shrimp Outlook - Very Good

We get our wild brown shrimp from Venice, Louisiana located 75 miles southeast of New Orleans. Packed in ice with no chemicals added we think it's much tastier and meatier than shrimp you'll find in local markets. Surprisingly Louisiana shrimp production represents only 5% of US shrimp consumption. That's because 90% of US shrimp consumption is imported and much of that is farmed shrimp. Expect 2015 to be another very solid shrimp harvest.

Shrimp and Clams

All indications are that this year will again be an abundant harvest for both wild Gulf Shrimp and Steamers.

Stay warm - Spring is just around the corner! Any questions or feedback, please give us a call. Thanks for your support and hope to see you on May 16th!

All the best,

Chris & Margie Cobb



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