Fresh Lobster and Gourmet Seafood Feasts for Holidays ..or Any Day
Dan Zawacki, is the brilliant founder and owner of Lobster Gram, one of the most popular and successful online gourmet food companies specializing in Maine lobster, seafood, steaks, and prepared gourmet entrees. Lobster Gram has the largest selection of gourmet seafood products in a variety of packages, gift sets, and grams. The company gets more PR then any other company because they consistently put out great products of the highest quality. Lobster Gram has been feature in nationwide publications such as Time Magazine, USA Today, Fortune, and was mentioned as the “Best Clambake in the Country” by The Wall Street Journal. They have also been featured on television and online with ABC, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC. Celebrities are frequent customers of Lobster Gram as Oprah named them in her “Favorite Things,” and Rachel Ray said they were one of her favorite gifts. Other stars like Jennifer Love Hewitt, Susan Sarandon, Seattle Sutton, Gene Hackman, Robert Redford, Pat Sajak, Danny Bonaduce, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and many more are fans. For their prepared foods and entrees, Lobster Gram works closely with top manufacturers who follow their recipes and quality control standards. “Just about everything is a recipe from me that I had developed over the years,” Dan says.
Dan was inspired to launch Lobster Gram when he was working at Honeywell selling computers and needed gifts for his clients for Christmas. He shares, “I had always loved lobsters since I was a kid and thought it would be a great gift. I traded a lobster man in Maine some thermostats and valves for Live Lobsters. I went around for three days to my customers delivering live lobsters from the trunk of my car and they loved it!” He threw in his own touch by adding a stick of butter, lemon, and some instructions to complete the package. A few of his customers said he should start a company and Dan figured he could make that happen while working for Honeywell. He began developing a business plan over the next few weeks, went to a local radio station to promote Lobster Gram by giving a few away on air for a mention. He ended up selling 180 packages that day on air and was officially in business. Unfortunately Dan was let go after his boss heard him on air, but ever since then, he has been a full-time lobster man for almost 25 years.
What are some of the most popular items? Their most popular products start with what the company is all about – lobster. The fresh live lobsters they buy daily from the fisherman are Dan’s favorite as they are so sweet that they do not need butter. Our Editor’s Pick is the Maine Shore Clambake Gram, which is an easy and perfect New England style meal for holidays like Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and more. This all inclusive clambake arrives with live Maine lobsters, fresh clams, baby red potatoes, corn on the cob, and New England Clam Chowder. This was mentioned as a “best value, with very fresh lobsters and clams” by The Early Show on CBS. We love how everything arrived fresh and nicely packaged so that all one had to do was drop the lobsters into the pot, then the fixings and the clams. It was effortlessly easy and extremely enjoyable to eat as everything was fresh and of the highest quality. Dan also loves the lobster tails are they are easy to make with just boiling water. Lobster and seafood from Maine is particularly superior in terms of taste because the deep, pristine cold waters of the North Atlantic makes the meat sweet and succulent as the colder the water, the better tasting the lobster.
Dan’s personal favorites from Lobster Gram are Live Lobsters with Clam Chowder and Crab Cakes with their Chocolate Lava Cakes as that is the perfect meal for him. The New England Clam Chowder is one of the best we have tried and absolutely delicious in every way. The rich and creamy chowder brims with chunks of tender clams, petite diced potatoes, celery, and onion, that is traditional in every New England way. Each spoonful was divine as it had the perfect amount of potatoes, clams, and celery in the rich and savory broth. If you are lactose intolerant or prefer tomato based soups, the red Manhattan Clam Chowder has a ton of chunky vegetables and sweet clams in a delicious, spicy broth. Their creamy clam chowder is amazing and their crab cakes are so full of crab they hardly stay together. These Maryland-Style Premium Crab Cakes are irresistible as they are packed with premium lump crab meat and barely holding together at 4 ounces each. The crab meat is flaky yet moist and perfectly seasoned to still accentuate the fresh taste of the crab meat. The crab cakes are a generous size and larger than most available on the market.
Dan possesses the culinary touch as he use to help his mother cook as a kid, took culinary class in high school, and worked as a cook at a local restaurant that started as a pancake house but evolved into a steak and seafood house. “That is how I learned to cook lobster, crab and steaks. In college when my roommates were eating ramen noodles I was enjoying crab, steak and the occasional lobster,” Dan remembers. For crab lovers, the Alaskan King Crab Legs are to die for as the crab legs are large and meaty, filled with sweet, moist, rich, and firm crab meat. These colossal crab legs arrive ready to thaw and serve and could not be easier to prepare and eat. This is another one of Dan’s favorite items as he could eat their King crab all day. Lobster Gram is confident they have the best Alaskan King crab legs around as they arrive straight from the cold waters of the Bering Sea. This delicious package comes with clarified butter and a $10 coupon. You can order these by the pound or as an add-on to an existing package order.
For lobster lovers, the Luscious Lobster Sides 4-Pack is the perfect gift or self-indulgent treat as it comes with 12 oz. individually packed portions of Lobster Macaroni and Cheese, Lobster Newburg, Lobster Ravioli, and Lobster Thermidor. The Lobster Macaroni and Cheese (A) has generous pieces of fresh lobster and al dente elbow macaroni tossed a creamy cheese sauce of Canadian cheddar, Parmesan and Monterey Jack and herbs. This is topped with a layer of seasoned breadcrumbs and has a home-baked taste without the greasiness. The Lobster Newburg (B) is a traditional favorite with its giant chunks of sweet Maine lobster meat smothered in a blanket of white wine and sherry cream sauce. This is versatile as an appetizer over a puff pastry or entrée over pasta or rice. The Lobster Ravioli in Alfredo Sauce (C) is another fabulous dish as soft pillows of ravioli are filled with lobster meat and topped with more chunks of lobster meat and an Alfredo cream sauce. Like the Newburg, the Lobster Thermidor (D) is superb over a puff pastry, pasta, or rice with its large pieces of lobster and mushrooms in a thick, cheesy cream sauce. Enjoy each of these delicious lobster entrees in one value-priced combination package.
An excellent traditional New England appetizer is the Stuffed Clams Casino, made with a blend of fresh chopped North Atlantic clams, bacon, bell peppers and Japanese breadcrumbs stuffed in each clam shell. All you have to do is pop the tray in the oven and enjoy these gourmet bites in minutes. Aside from seafood, they also have steaks from the same butchers that cut for Mortons, Ruth Crisp and other famous steakhouses. End your meal with some of their excellent desserts. “Basically, I do not put anything in the catalog or on the website that is not my favorite!,” Dan says. In addition to their superb seafood, Lobster Gram also offers affordable and gourmet steak cuts from their Butcher Shop. Try the American Kobe Flat-Iron Steaks which come from Wagyu cattle brought over from Japan and are raised according to United States standards. What makes these Kobe steaks so delicious is their tremendous marbling throughout, giving way to a rich, buttery flavor. Now you can enjoy these mouthwatering steaks at an affordable price without having to break the bank while dining at a restaurant. Lobster Gram offers a variety of cuts including Rib Eye, filet, New York strip, bone-in chops, and more.
So how is Lobster Gram unique from other competitors on the market? Dan says, “We are unique in that we started the home delivery of lobsters back in 1987. We have our own customer service center here in the United States and not India as our call center is filled with our employees who all enjoy Lobster Gram products and are very knowledgeable.” Customer service is one of their top priorities and with their own warehouse they do not need to contract others to ship their packages. This way they are able to maintain high quality control standards to ensure every package is perfect. He adds, “We are experts at packaging and guarantee our packages will arrive in perfect condition. We have a 100% Happiness Guarantee that is the best in the industry. Our foods are so awesome only we can make this guarantee.”
Lobster Gram also offers seasonal items like customized packages for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Valentines Day and more. They also have a fresh fish program that includes whatever the fisherman are catching in Maine at the time. Lobster Gram also offers an amazing selection of lobster tails from all around the world, from the common favorites to the rare and unknown. We selected the Sweetest Lobster Tail Sampler as an Editor’s Pick because this is sure to please anyone who likes lobster tails. This sampler includes Maine, Tristan and West Australian lobster tails, which have an ultimate burst of smooth sweetness. Since the sweetness of lobster meat is the best quality a lobster tail can have, it is no wonder why this is already a staff favorite. For something unique apart from the standard Maine lobster tails, the Tristan Lobster Tails have an extraordinarily sweet succulent taste and a texture unlike any other. As they are from the deep, cold waters of Tristan Da Cunha in the South Atlantic, the most remote inhabited island in the world, these tails are hard to find and extremely sweet and succulent. The West Australian Lobster Tails are also very sweet and fabulously versatile enough to please anyone’s palate. Caught in the sparkling cold, clean waters of the Indian Ocean, these tails are a gourmet treat to be remembered!
As to how he came to name his company, Dan immediately began obsessively thinking of a company name after his client suggested starting a company. The name, Lobster Gram, popped into his head while he was driving and grabbed it right away after doing a trademark search. The phone number 800 Live-Lob happened the same way and Dan loves that number. In the next five years, Dan foresees their sales doubling while remaining the industry leader in the lobster and seafood market as they will stay true to their core values. They recently invested in a new warehouse and computer system to double their sales without any additional capital investments. In parting, Dan thoughtfully adds, “I feel that I am the luckiest person on earth to have created such a cool company that has been featured in some of the best publications in the world. I am also very proud to have been the first person who created the market for delivering lobsters as gifts in 1987.” He extends a big thank you to all of his employees who love the company as much as he does. His family has been incredibly supportive with all his traveling and especially his wife who was there with him back in 1987. Last but not least, he thanks all his customers who have made this all possible. Lobster Gram is only available through their catalog and website livelob.com.