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Real Jobs. Real Soon.MA - NY - NJ - DE - MD - VACarvery Line Costco Roadshows.  Am launching the world's most delicious ready-to-eat center plate roasts at Costco Roadshows starting Friday and going through early April. If you, your family, your friends and their families and friends who you think can serve the public with style, tell them about our $16 ph gigs. See the www.carveryline.com website…See More
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VP Marketing for Open Blue + Sales & Marketing Conquistador & Wallah/Fog Pilot For Semper Excelsius
Open Blue Sea Farms + Albert & Associates, Above The Fog Consulting
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What best describes my company
Fine Dining
Career Advancement, Consulting, Finding Investors, Making Friends, Networking
Personal Quote
I love to create and strategize, implement and then profit.
I bring over 25 years of marketing and sales strategy thinking (at 10,000') and hands-on promotional implementation (at street-level) to the table. After growing a provincial gourmet gelato and sorbetto firm to foodservice placement throughout the USA, am now with Open Blue Sea Farms as it launches to serve cobia, an exquisite marine white fish, to the US and Canadian white table cloth restaurant marketplace.
Years in the Industry
Specifically 6 years serving the food service industry

Open Blue Sea Farms' CEO Brian O'Hanlon at AlwaysOn's GoGreenEast


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A Short Story by Michael Albert, a dynamic 66" tall man

Posted on March 25, 2010 at 9:15pm 0 Comments

Chapter 1

Short Hall of Fame

Winston Churchill: Big V from a short man.

Charlie Chaplin: He was not called the Big Tramp.

Cagney & Eddie G: Little tough guys on the big screen.

Napoleon: The sad truth about Waterloo to follow.

Steve McQueen: Made love to more Hollywood starlets than anyone in history.

Al Pacino: No director ever asked him to stand on a box.

Willie Shoemaker: The Immortal One.

Sammy Davis: Candy Man.

Phil… Continue

The answer is “aggressive, hands-on, shirt-sleeve, results-oriented achiever.” WHAT IS THE QUESTION?

Posted on March 24, 2010 at 7:31pm 0 Comments

Is the question: (a) How would you describe your tailor? (b) How would you describe your fourth grade bully? (c) What are some of the most common words used in help wanted advertising for middle and senior management staff?

Help Wanted Ads Are Hardly Helpful
By: Michael Albert


Posted on February 14, 2010 at 3:51pm 1 Comment


I could think up a bunch of more, big (no pun) comments on this piece of news...but, no. Discretion remains the better part of valor (darn it).

From My Window: Overheard at the Fancy Food Show this week...

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 8:45am 0 Comments


FROM MY WINDOW: Tallest Man and Shortest Man Meet

Posted on January 16, 2010 at 11:19am 0 Comments

At 5'6", now I feel better


Tavern in the Red: Famed Eatery Forced to Sell the Silver

Posted on January 7, 2010 at 12:38pm 0 Comments

Fans of a New York Icon Covet Its Lampshades, But the Owner Says Hands off My Turkey Platter

Sad news to hear. Tavern on the Green has been a NYC landmark for most of my life. Growing up and living for years in Manhattan, the Tavern was known by everyone. As a kid, it was THE place for special parties and celebrations, and for me, the annual dinner (without my parents) with my grandmother and aunt. This is such a special memory for me. Later on in life, the T… Continue

FROM MY WINDOW: Using Menu Psychology to Entice Diners -- Dynamite NY Times' article

Posted on December 23, 2009 at 4:19pm 0 Comments

Location. Location. Location. NOT.

Menu. Menu. Menu. WAY YES.

“If admen had souls, many would probably trade them for an opportunity every restaurateur already has: the ability to place an advertisement in every customer’s hand before they part with their money.”

"descriptive menu labels increased sales by as much as 27… Continue

From My Window: nice view to see SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD crack

Posted on December 2, 2009 at 5:18pm 0 Comments

the Top 10 Rated Trends for 2010.

Nation's Restaurant News:


From My Window: Seafood that's good for You and good for the OCEAN

Posted on November 18, 2009 at 9:24am 9 Comments

If you are preparing seafood, this brief post is well worth reading.


Monterey Bay Aquarium lists 14 Fish & other Seafood "Super Foods".

Financial Sustained Growth In Agriculture Sector Vital For Global Food Security

Posted on September 22, 2009 at 4:04pm 0 Comments

(RTTNews) - A sustained growth in the agriculture sector is needed to guarantee global food security in the future, a Deutsche bank study has found. The increasing need for consumers to switch to a more balanced and healthy diet is also stressed by the German firm, observing that a more expansive diet has several adverse implications for both human and environmental… Continue

From My Window: Cool WSJ article on London's restaurants going GREEN

Posted on August 11, 2009 at 2:16pm 0 Comments

How cool is this?

London's icon Spanish-Morrocan bistro Moro, which probably has been booked solid for over a decade, has joined an increasing number of London's finest restaurants to reduce their carbon footprint, the city has transformed the sustainability fad to something more serious and comprehensive. Although other food capitals, notably San Francisco, have seen a wave of ecologically minded restaurants, London is ground-breaking in… Continue

From My Window: My Choice Is FishChoice.com

Posted on August 4, 2009 at 1:31pm 2 Comments

Launched today, FishcChoice permits seafood buyers and suppliers to search a constantly updated database of sustainable seafood products that includes origins, catch or farming method and sustainability rankings. Supplier names, location and contact information is provided along with minimum order requirements. Users can call suppliers directly or contact them through the site.

Best of… Continue

FROM MY WINDOW: Market Researchers NPD report restaurant sales are down in Spring from last year

Posted on July 20, 2009 at 11:43am 0 Comments


This is not all bad news. The sales drop is (surprisingly for me) is linked to households with children, who cut back their visits to all segments of restaurants. Parties including children, which represent a third of industry traffic, and adults from households with children, have been cutting back on restaurant visits for the last three quarters. Over half of the industry’s decline this past quarter traced to fewer… Continue

FROM MY WINDOW: FRESH THE MOVIE - is a call to action to better our food system,

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 10:35am 0 Comments

What I like about the reviews is that it means to inspire its viewers to positive change, not scare them into a terrified complacency. A movie whose goal is to create a more healthy, tasty, and sustainable future. There will be screenings all over and you can check it out at http://freshthemovie.com.

The majority of the screenings will be followed by a panel discussion with local representatives from the sustainable food movement so audience members can learn what’s going on in their… Continue

FROM MY WINDOW: Ink and Air is nice

Posted on April 28, 2009 at 1:32pm 4 Comments


Have written previously of my passion and time devoted to launching a new type of seafood company. One that can provide chefs, restaurants and consumers all over the world with a sustainable, healthy, nutritious supply of seafood without damaging the oceans and its stakeholders. Ultimately, we humans.

We call it Free Range Fish Farming - the proper words are Deep Open Ocean Aquaculture. We cultivate fish far offshore in the vast wet prairies of our world, the oceans.… Continue

From My Window: If it works for shoes, can it work for food?

Posted on April 19, 2009 at 2:52pm 1 Comment


Los Angeles Times, April 19, 2009

"Toms Shoes' model is sell a pair, give a pair away"

Here's the article's spin: Serial entrepreneur establishes a business selling casual shoes - for every pair bought, another pair is given away to someone in need living in poor regions of the U.S., Argentina, Ethiopia and South Africa. So far Toms Shoes has given away 140,000 pairs of shoes. This… Continue


Posted on April 8, 2009 at 11:13am 0 Comments

Thanks for turning me on to a community of really bright and wonderful people! You Da bomb. You Rock. With an attitude of gratitude, Muchas Gracias for all you do. Molto Grazie!

From My Window: How Would You Fix the Economy?

Posted on March 30, 2009 at 11:42am 7 Comments

This was an article from a leading newspaper on Sunday. The Business Section asked readers for ideas on "How Would You Fix the Economy?" This guy came up with a cool idea...

Dear President Obama,

Patriotic retirement:

There's about 40 million people over 50 in the work force.

Pay them $1 million apiece severance with stipulations:

1) They leave their jobs. Forty million job openings -

Unemployment fixed.

2) They buy NEW American cars. Forty million cars… Continue

From My Window: Calling All Chefs! Calling All Chefs!

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 10:08am 2 Comments

Need help. Julian, my 23-year old nephew from Germany is visiting us until March 31st. He has been in a rigorous 3 year chef apprenticeship program and wants to leave the 4 star hotel he now works at in Cologne.

Wants to know what "it takes" to break in the US market. Can you give him 10 minutes of your time (between us chickens, he has been the best house guest every, serving up delicious & healthy meals).

If you have the time, please ring me at (310) 318-2685 or… Continue

Open Blue Sea Farms is investing in the world. Jump in and join us.

Posted on March 9, 2009 at 9:01pm 0 Comments

For the last year I have put my brains and passion into a new age, sustainable seafood company.

I am in Boston from the 9th to the 11th with my client Open Blue Sea Farms attending AlwaysOn’s GoGreenEast event - to raise additional launch funding. Brian O’Hanlon, CEO, is one of the ‘showcased’ CEO’s and will be presenting to 250-300 big investment and related people interested in big green ideas on TUESDAY, MARCH 10 AT 11:15 AM EDT. Brian has 6 minutes to weave his magic and will… Continue

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At 1:39pm on August 25, 2009,
Alyson Mar, RD
Hi Michael,

Thanks for the connection. Very interesting blog, and I'm looking forward to reading more and seeing you around on here. Take care!

At 8:54am on April 21, 2009, Dana A. Bartholomew said…
Crazy on this side as well. Looking to close out our next round of funding. Completed acquisition from Marine Harvest. And now looking to complete funding tobuild new facility. Similar position as you. I spoke with Brian, may have a couple people for him to talk to.
At 7:43pm on April 13, 2009, Michael Albert said…
We are in the throes of Series A funding and I am in the midst of refining for the umpteenth time our pitch kit. We have an initial VC,Tze's Aquacopia on board, have gotten a ton of ink and air (lots more on the way), won awards, but all is to naught without having capital in the bank to put the domes and then fish in the water. Am trying to coin the expression Free Range Fish Farming to make a faster connection with our introductions & just submitted the TM.

So, in a few words, Dana, it's challenging, exciting, worth every minute and hard as hell.

How's by you?
(310) 968-1045
At 4:46pm on April 13, 2009, Dana A. Bartholomew said…
Michael, I have been keeping tabs on your progress. I was with Slade Gorton for 16 years as VP sales and Marketing. Ive been involved with a sustainable aquaculture venture, and have met with David Tze and am familiar with what you are doing. How is it going?
At 4:17pm on March 24, 2009, Michael Albert said…
Calling All Chefs, Calling All Chefs:

Need help. Julian, my 23-year old nephew from Germany is visiting us from Germany until March 31st. He has been in a rigorous 3 year chef apprenticeship program and wants to leave the 4 star hotel he now works at in Cologne. Wants to know what "it takes" to break in the US market. Can you give him 10 minutes of your time (between us chickens, he has been the best house guest every, serving up delicious & healthy meals). If you have the time, please ring me at (310) 318-2685 or email michaelalbert@pobox.com.
A billion thanks!
At 4:12pm on March 24, 2009, Michael Albert said…
Want to EAT HAPPILY EVER AFTER, without guilt or endangering a specie & our planet, ask your chef for FREE RANGE CULTIVATED FISH.
At 5:27pm on March 17, 2009, Steve Paterson said…
Sorry we didn't cross paths in Boston.
I wanted to meet you and learn more about what you're doing.

Perhaps we can catch each other on the phone and have a chat.

At 2:41pm on January 22, 2009, Michael Albert said…
Can anyone fill me in on cheeses (other product) using Bufalo millk from india>
who makes them - are they sold retail and food service channel - pricing>
At 1:32pm on January 22, 2009, KT said…
Hi Michael,

I manage advertising sales for FohBoh. Let me know if I can answer any questions for you.

KT McNamara
At 7:26am on December 30, 2008, Amanda Hite said…
Michael, I'm adding your ocean quote to my collection. It totally rocks! Great meeting you!




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