NEWTON CENTRE — On the day following the big snowstorm last week, Jared Auerbach, founder and owner of Red's Best, a Boston-based seafood distributor, wasn't intimidated by the snow piles to keep a date at Johnny's Luncheonette.

About a dozen guests ventured out to attend a Dishing About Fishing dinner at the Newton Centre restaurant. As Johnny's new co-owner Karen Masterson told the group, "We got in pollock, scup, and monkfish today," and with the three local catches, sold under the Red's Best brand, the kitchen prepared monkfish stew, seared scup, and a few pollock dishes.

Red's Best, which Auerbach started in 2008, buys seafood directly from fishermen — they fish from Portland, Maine to Rhode Island, and the Cape and Islands — and sends it to wholesalers and distributors nationally. Using proprietary Web-based technology, Auerbach and his team aggregate the seafood catches of small and large owner-operated boats and provide a market for the fish. "We're really like a matchmaker," he says.

Auerbach explains that he is not a working fisherman (though he has been), but rather represents the roughly 1,000 fishermen he buys from. The Newton native once worked on commercial fishing boats in Alaska and off the coast of New England. Now, when he has the time, fishing is a hobby. Sporting a thick, curly beard, the 34-year old looks the part.

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