SeaDream yacht club is considered a “small” luxury brand, with just two vessels of 56-staterooms each. SeaDream has relationships with luxury brands that align nicely with our product and our guest expectations. One such company is Caspian Star Caviar (as it is known to the trade) or Caviar Russe as it’s known to the public with it’s namesake a bar, restaurant and retail shop on Madison at 54th Street in New York City.
Sturgeon, the fish that produce caviar, have roamed the seas and rivers since the age of the dinosaurs. The word caviar originates from the Turkish “khavyar”, first appearing in English print in 1591. Caviar was once reserved strictly for royalty. Russian Caviar has always been considered of the best quality due to the breeding conditions in the Caspian Sea.
SD: What is your name and what is your position at Caspian Star Caviar/Caviar Russe?
Ilya Panchernikov- Managing Director
SD: What are the different types of caviar?
The three most well know species are Beluga, Osetra and Sevruga -the “Big Three”
SD: Is all caviar expensive? If so, why? Is one type of caviar more expensive than another?
These days there are so many varieties of caviar that it allows the consumer to choose from many different price points. Some of the caviars we carry provide a very good price to quality ratio and allow our caviars to be enjoyed on a more frequent basis. The Wild Caspian caviars are the most expensive due to supply and demand. We carry a Caspian Sea aquacultured Osetra which is fantastic in quality and sells at a significantly more attractive price point.
SD: What part of the world consumes the most caviar/ Where is it most popular?
Caviar is popular throughout the entire world. Traditionally the largest consumers have been Russia, France and the U.S.
SD: I suppose there are different brands of caviar one can purchase? What is unique about Caviar Russe?
Our company is unique in the sense that our main specialization is caviar. We have a tremendous variety of caviars that allow the consumer the greatest available options to choose from. There are no middle men when purchasing with us, we are the Importer, packer, and distributor. We sell to the trade and to the retail public through our brand “Caviar Russe”
Caviar Russe recently launched a brand new luxury website www.CaviarRusse.com