Russ & Daughters’ Jose Reyes Packs $900 of Caviar

Deputy Editor Rachel Wharton interviews Russ & Daughters’ Jose Reyes about his caviar-packing techniques. Reyes has been a counterman at the Lower East Side appetizing shop for 25 years. Beyond finesse at slicing fish (the shop’s famous smoked salmon) Reyes has also been anointed the caviar packing king, thanks to his gentle touch with those very valuable eggs.

In fact, says Mark Russ Federman, his hands should be insured by Lloyd’s of London. Read our full profile of Russ & Daughters here.




Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.