ALASKA AIR CARGO DELIVERS SEASON’S FIRST COPPER RIVER SALMON TO SEATTLE
May 18, 2011
The Alaska Airlines plane arrived early Tuesday morning with Copper River king and sockeye salmon from three seafood processors: Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Trident Seafoods and Copper River Seafoods. At least five more Alaska Airlines flights Tuesday transported salmon from Cordova, Alaska, to Anchorage, Alaska, Seattle and across the United States.
“Copper Chef Cook-off” judges: Jay Buhner, Seattle Mariners Hall of Famer; Mike Fourtner, deckhand on the F/V Time Bandit, as featured on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch;” and Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of marketing.
The chefs had 30 minutes to prepare and serve the first catch of the season to a panel of judges, including Jay Buhner, Seattle Mariners Hall of Famer; Mike Fourtner, deckhand on the F/V Time Bandit, as featured on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch;” and Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of marketing.
The winning Copper River salmon recipe for 2011 was Copper River King Alder Planked with Morel Strata prepared by Executive Chef Pat Donahue of Anthony's Restaurants (www.anthonys.com).
Executive Chef Robert Spaulding of Elliott's Oyster House, Executive Chef Pat Donahue of Anthony's Restaurants, and and Executive Chef Jeff Maxfield of Sky City at the Needle
Alaska Airlines plays a significant role in supporting the Alaska seafood industry, which is recognized worldwide for its sustainable fishing practices. The carrier flew more than 22 million pounds of fresh Alaska seafood to the Lower 48 states and beyond last year, including nearly 700,000 pounds of Copper River salmon.
“We’re proud to bring this prized, wild Copper River salmon to the Lower 48 and points beyond,” said Joe Sprague, Alaska’s vice president of marketing. “With enhanced food quality procedures and additional flights to support the Alaska seafood industry, we are going the extra mile to deliver fresh seafood throughout the country.”
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