North Carolina Sea Grant

June 28, 2017 |

Updated July 27, 2017 to include links to weekly recipe and Local Dish segment. Each week in July, links will be updated to reflect the release of a new recipe. 

ABOVE: While filming in Brunswick County, Lisa Prince and Brian Shrader (center photo) were awake early enough to see the beginning of sunrise (left photo) and the end of moon set (right photo). Photos courtesy Lisa Prince.


How about a trip to the North Carolina coast? Yes, summer is here and that means fun in the sun, along with delicious North Carolina seafood! Our coastline is brimming with tasty treats, so my WRAL co-host Brian Shrader and I took Local Dish on the road to talk to a few experts in Brunswick County.

Working with Brian for the morning news means getting up at 3:30 a.m. Yes, I said a.m.

It was still dark when we started filming, but what an amazing view on the beach. Looking down the sand, to my right was the moon still hanging in the sky and to my left was the start of sunrise. That was worth it!

Seafood salad in a bowl

This seafood pasta salad uses local shrimp and crabmeat. Photo courtesy Lisa Prince.

Now that the scene is set, here is a sample of the morning menu that was live from the coast a few weeks ago. It was still a little chilly for North Carolina in June.

First up, Jonathan Thurman, owner of Causeway Gourmet and Jinks Creek Waterfront Grille, talked about sustainable local seafood at Ocean Isle Beach.

Next, we asked Shaun Busker, the chef at Jinks Creek, for tips to find fresh seafood and how sourcing locally allows him to tap into his creativity on the menu.

Of course, Brian and I had to join in the fun and bring you a simple seafood pasta recipe that is full of flavor.

In July, Local Dish will be featuring recipes using fresh North Carolina seafood. Here is what you can look forward to:

Check back in July for links to these segments as they become available.

Plated seafood

Learn how to prepare shrimp and avocado sandwich, crab quiche and pecan-herb panko flounder in July with Lisa Prince and Brian Shrader. Photos courtesy Lisa Prince.

In the meantime, tune in to WRAL-TV every Friday morning to watch Brian and I cook up something yummy using fresh ingredients that are grown, raised or caught in North Carolina.

When you want the best, it’s got to be NC Agriculture!

Lisa Prince is a marketing specialist for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Editor’s Note: North Carolina Sea Grant offers tips on selecting seafood at

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