Meet Brittney, our seafood merchant, and learn about her secret mermaid obsession.
What do you love about working at FD?
I love how sacred food is here. It’s something to learn about, to treat well, and above all, it’s something to share. We share food among ourselves, but we’re also excited to share it with our customers. We’re always eating and searching for the best products and when we find them, the next thought is, how do we get this to the customer?
Favorite FD item?
I eat our Mediterranean wild-caught tuna salad at least twice a week. I grew up eating tuna salad with mayo as an afterschool snack, but this salad just elevates the whole thing. It uses the sustainably caught tuna from a fisherman in Oregon, Sean, who I met two months into working here. I knew little of the industry and just listened to his fishing stories with wide eyes and my jaw on the floor. He’s one of my favorite fishermen. But back to the salad! The red onions, capers, and celery just add so much to the flavor and texture, blowing my afterschool tuna salad out of the water. I eat it by itself but mostly throw it in with greens and slice up some radish and tomatoes on top—it’s the perfect lunch to keep you going through the afternoons.
What makes a great product?
A great product is all about freshness. There are so many pieces that play into how fresh a piece of fish is when it gets to your plate. It all goes back to how the fish was caught, how the fishermen handled it, how fast it gets to us, and how fast we get it to the customer.
The food emoji you use the most is…
Sushi. I’m always ordering it for lunch and paying people back.
Describe your perfect brunch.
The perfect brunch is a buffet so I don’t have to choose between salty or sweet, eggs and bacon or pancakes, bloody marys or mimosas. I can have them all!
When you’re not FreshDirecting, you’re…
I am either writing stories, poetry, or the occasional song, running around Brooklyn (literally) as jogging has always been the ultimate stress reliever, traveling when I can, and most recently, learning about indoor plants and how to keep them alive. It’s been a struggle.
What’s your spirit vegetable?
I don’t have a spirit vegetable, but I do have a spirit fish! I would say that tilefish is most akin because they arguably have the best diet of the fish world, eating crab and lobster which were my favorite foods growing up. And their tails are kind of mermaid-like, which was also a childhood obsession… slash secret adulthood obsession.