Central Tavern Seafood is our family owned and run business Seafood Wholesale and Retail. It was originally established 23 years ago by Max and Francoise Pantacchini trading under the name Pantacchini’s Gourmet Foods. It started off as a two-person operation and within a couple of years Max and Francoise had over 30 staff members and five trucks supplying seafood to over 200 restaurants, hotels, casinos, pubs, island resorts, luxury boat cruises, surf clubs and takeaway shops ranging from Cape York to Townsville as well as Interstate and International to Japan and the USA. They also established a retail shop opposite the James Cook University for 5 years. All of this took place whilst my sister and I were under the age of five, incredible I think!
Max and Francoise are both highly regarded and respected in the seafood industry. In fact, they supplied seafood to her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Cairns in 2002! They have also formed alliances with renowned celebrity chefs and food consultants by the names of Neil Perry, Rick Stein, Tetsuya, Alastair McLeod, Manu Feildel, Ben O’Donoghue, Geoff Jansz, Guy Grossi, Maeve OMeara, Alison Alexander, Bill and Robert Marchetti, Joanna Savill, Huey, Stefano Manfredi – the list goes on!
After running the show for 14 years, Max and Francoise sold the renowned business in 2007 and moved South down the coastline to work as seafood contractors for 6 years.
As fate would have it, in July 2013 they came back to Cairns! Over the past 3 years, my family; Max, Francoise, sister Davina and her partner Patrice Perna have worked tirelessly around the clock to bring the wholesale back up to its renowned standard and I couldn’t be prouder! Our background is in the Hospitality industry and thus they bring a large component of that into their work here, having great respect for their produce and a passion for food creation, especially in the smoked seafood they create.
Additionally, they have opened up a brand new retail in the same complex as the wholesale which is open 7 Days a week! We stock a diverse range of Fresh, Frozen, Cooked, Raw (Green) and Homemade Smoked Products (over 20 years experience). We have so much passion for this industry and will try our hardest to accommodate for you. Not only do we have beautiful local fresh fish fillets but you can also purchase whole fish for your BBQ and for the oven. We have a superb team who work to cut you the freshest fish and shuck you the best oysters on premises! As we are supplying a large amount of restaurants in Cairns, our seafood range is immense! We do offer bulks prices on many products including prawns and fish fillets, simply ask our staff. Thanks to Max and Francoise, we also stock a selection of French Products if you are feeling adventurous. Come on in and check out our family business for yourself! Lot 10 Mac Peak Crescent Smithfield.
On a final note, please help me build up our Facebook page by giving us a like, ‘Central Tavern – Seafood Retail’. Here you will find inspiration to cook, our family recipes, specials as well as other little goodies!
Thank you and enjoy your seafood adventure!