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About Lobster Gram

Our History


Fresh “From Our Shore To Your Door®” since 1987, Lobster Gram has worked tirelessly to stay true to its roots and earn the reputation for being the #1 Lobster, Seafood and Gourmet Food Gift Delivery company in the country. Lobster Gram has never waivered from its core values of providing a great gourmet experience to its customers through our carefully selected product line that specializes in lobsters, seafood, steaks and more.


From the very beginning, Dan “The Lobster Man” Zawacki was working for Honeywell as a salesman in 1986. That year, he decided he wanted to come up with an original idea for holiday gifts to give his best clients. He bartered some thermostats and valves to a lobster fisherman in Maine, for 160 live lobsters. They were flown in fresh and placed in coolers with fresh lemons, butter, shell crackers and the pot to cook them in. The reaction he got from his gift recipients was so incredible that he realized he might be on to something, so he started Lobster Gram as a new business on the side.

Dan got the opportunity to go on a radio station in Chicago and promote Lobster Gram, but his boss heard the show and promptly fired him! Always the entrepreneur, Dan decided to dedicate himself to making live lobster gifts his only business.

At first, Dan “The Lobster Man” was capable of running a one-man show and handled everything himself from taking the orders to packing and shipping them from his garage. Eventually business grew and Dan was able to hire extra help. He decided to base the Lobster Gram Customer Service Headquarters close to his hometown in Chicago. In 2006, Lobster Gram opened an 18,000 square foot Distribution center in Biddeford, Maine to handle the volume of shipped packages needed as the premier shipper of lobsters and other gourmet products.

In 2011, Lobster Gram opened the Chicago Warehouse store to serve the local market of lobster, steak and seafood lovers in the Chicagoland area. The store has built up quite a loyal following and many families enjoy having an affordable source for getting fresh lobsters flown in from Maine, along with Lobster Gram’s other gourmet specialties.

Over the years, Lobster Gram has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Oprah’s “O” magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Readers Digest, TIME, Men’s Health, USA Today and many more – all with no PR agency!

Lobster Gram Today

Over the years, the company grew its product line from offering the Original Lobster Gram and the Lobster Gram Deluxe packages, to frozen lobster tails, steakhouse-quality meats, seafood, appetizers, desserts. New this year, Lobster Gram released its exclusive new line of gourmet Gift Buckets as yet another unique gift idea, perfect for the holidays or any occasion.

Lobster Gram continues to recognize the need to provide a great experience, both from an ordering process as well as the product mix, by implementing a new mobile-friendly website and enhanced customer friendly catalog.