Though winter’s biting winds are still upon us, it won’t be long until spring starts to melt the frost away and create the perfect opportunity for a seafood dinner party. Whether it’s a traditional clambake by the pool or something a little more romantic, there a plenty of reasons to celebrate with the fresh, unique flavors of locally-sourced, fresh seafood.

Crawfish Boil

Bring the neighborhood together for a crawfish boil in your backyard. While the basic premise is the same as a shrimp boil, crawfish are only around for a limited time. Peak months are March, April, and May, so keep your eye out for vendors at your local farmer’s or fish market. Serve them up with andouille sausage links, crisp corn on the cob, and spicy seasoned red potatoes, and you’ve got the perfect setting for an evening outdoors.

Surf-N-Turf

Excited to pull the cover off of the grill? Treat your family to a surf-n-turf night, which offers up the best of both land and sea. No matter your approach, this classic combination offers up a plethora of variety to please everyone’s palettes. For Taco Tuesday, keep it simple with builable tacos, complete with chorizo and shrimp. Show off your creative side with surf-n-turf burgers, with beautifully grilled burgers topped with crispy crab cakes. Of course, you can always keep it traditional, with steak and buttery lobster tails.

Dinner for Two

Back in January, Stella’s offered up some tips for the perfect, romantic dinner for two.Don’t forget to treat your significant other to the tantalizing treats of the sea once the weather gets warm. Make them feel special with a candlelit table, complete with a bouquet of their favorite flowers or a serving of the desert they’re currently obsessed with. Nothing pairs better with shrimp scampi than a little tenderness and attention for the ones that you love.

Prefer the flavor without the work? Let Stella’s take care of that. With a seasonal menu that stays up-to-date with the changes in local produce and protein availability, you’ll love our sustainable approach to creating timeless dishes with the Stella’s twist.

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