Feast of the Seven Fishes

An Italian tradition called the “Feast of the Seven Fishes” serves seven different seafood dishes on Christmas Eve. Now that’s our kind of tradition.

Originating from the Roman Catholic tradition of La Vigilia, the Feast of the Seven Fishes celebrates the midnight birth of the baby Jesus on Christmas Day.

It's not clear why "Feast of the Seven Fishes" became the popular name, but we don't question a good reason to eat seafood!

As chef Mario Batali says, “It’s what Italians do when they say they’re fasting.”

Traditional La Vigilia meals use a combination of anchovies, whiting, lobster, sardines, dried salt cod, smelts, eels, squid, octopus, shrimp, mussels, or clams.

Some families are known for as many as nine or thirteen different seafood dishes at their feast.

Across every background, holiday meals bring us together. Seafood is another way to celebrate the end of a year, as we toast to the hopes of a better and brighter future.

With sustainable seafood, we are making those hopes a reality.

Direct from the docks to your door, our seafood makes a Feast of the Seven Fishes healthier for you and for our ocean.

Try our Boston Sea Party package of lobsters and scallops, or grab some fresh Pacific oysters or clams from Penn Cove Shellfish.


Posted Feb 4th by Danielle