Stop by Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd. Northbrook, IL 847-205-4433) tonight (February 10) to enjoy Chatham Island Blue Cod . Chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris are preparing it baked in olive oil with lemon, toasted bread crumbs, roasted cherry tomatoes and served with sautéed potatoes ($40).
Blue Cod are found throughout New Zealand, but are most common south of the Cook Strait and around the Chatham Islands. They are found at depths to 200 m in sandy areas and feed on shellfish, crustaceans, scalps and small fish.
Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, about 800km east of Christchurch, the Chatham Islands are New Zealand’s most easterly region. An archipelago of 11 islands, only Pitt and Chatham are inhabited, by about 600 people.
These bright blue fish are an island favorite but hard to find in the states. Unique to the New Zealand region, the cold clean waters make the Chatham Island Blue Cod’s flesh firm yet delicate with an intense ocean fresh flavor.
Check out this video of how Blue Cod is caught.