The tape features raw footage for the television show "Chicago Slices." In this tape, videomaker Skip Blumberg visits L. Isaacson and Stein Fish Co., Inc. on Fulton Street, Chicago's premiere fish market. Blumberg speaks with a number of customers and employees about their experiences at the market.
00:00Copy video clip URL Open on footage outside of L. Issacson and Stein Fish Co., Inc. on Fulton Street in Chicago. Numerous employees are hard at work, receiving and preparing the product for sale.
02:42Copy video clip URL Employee Ralph Marquez prepares some King Fish for sale. Employee David Darby handles and prepares some fresh shrimp. Blumberg gathers footage of the numerous amounts of fish they have on hand including a rather angry crab.
05:16Copy video clip URL Blumberg speaks with employee “Bay Bay” about his work at the fish market. He also talks about how he acquired the nickname “Bay Bay.”
06:49Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of an employee preparing fish for sale. Numerous employees handle and prepare the product. An employee eventually speaks to Blumberg about the squid they ship from the Philippines. Blumberg then continues to gather footage from inside of the market. Eventually Marquez shows Blumberg how to sharpen a knife. He then fillets a few King Fish. The two talk about a few different recipes. Marquez goes on to briefly talk about his family history. This lasts for several minutes.
18:22Copy video clip URL Blumberg speaks with an employee about his work in the fish business. The man prepares fish heads for sale. Blumberg then continues to gather footage from inside of the market. He speaks with a customer about his reasons for buying crab. The man states that he teaches culinary classes at the City Colleges of Chicago and uses the crab for instructional purposes.
22:59Copy video clip URL Blumberg speaks with David Darby about his forty-six years at L. Issacson and Stein Fish Co., Inc. Darby talks about some of his favorite fish.
25:11Copy video clip URL Employee Spencer Kasano talks about working for Issacson and Stein Fish Company. “If it swims, we got it. If not, we’ll get it for you the next day.” He also talks about some of his favorite fish.
28:06Copy video clip URL Blumberg gets a few shots of twin brothers who work at the fish market. Blumberg speaks with Kasano again about the current recession and how it has been affecting business. Kasano states that the company has been going out of their pockets in order to avoid any layoffs. This is then followed by footage from around the fish market.
31:47Copy video clip URL Blumberg speaks with an employee who has to leave work in order to take care of his sick mother. The man then talks about his employment at the fish market.
32:45Copy video clip URL Blumberg speaks with a delivery driver about his daily routine. He currently works for a restaurant supplier and is there to pick up a large order of fish. This is followed by more footage from around the market.
36:25Copy video clip URL Loyal customer Tom Carvalho gathers up a number of his favorite fish, the crevalle. “Fish is the healthiest food you can get. One of the healthiest–better than beef; you sit in the doctor’s office the rest of your life after you’re forty.” Carvalho then talks about his love of fish and his job as a chef at the Hyatt Northbrook. We then watch more footage from around the market.
41:42Copy video clip URL Tape ends.