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Tracy’s Alaskan King Crab Bisque wins the Alaska Symphony of Seafood People’s Choice Award in Seattle


ANCHORAGE (February 9, 2012) — The Alaska Symphony of Seafood has announced that Tracy’s King Crab Shack was awarded the Seattle People’s Choice Award for its Tracy’s King Crab Bisque at the organization’s 19th annual New Products Judging and Reception held February 2, 2012 in Seattle.

“This year we had 17 exciting products from 10 different producers including entries like Salmon Bacon from Tustamena Smokehouse and Bruce Gore’s troll caught Ivory King Salmon Sashimi”, said Jim Browning with the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation. “Every year, we’re amazed at the diversity and quality of the new seafood product entries from Alaska’s fisheries, and this year, the Tracy’s Alaskan King Crab Bisque was the people’s favorite in Seattle.  We’ll have to see if Anchorage attendees agree.” 

The contest, held at Palace Ballroom in downtown Seattle, and organized and sponsored by the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, enables participants to introduce new and innovative value-added seafood products to the market and be judged by chefs and other industry experts.

In addition to the highly coveted Seattle People’s Choice Award, the panel of judges will honor first, second and third place category winners, the overall Grand Prize winner and the Anchorage People’s Choice Award winner at the Award Ceremony and Gala Soirée held on February 10, 2012 in Anchorage.

The first place winners from each category; Retail, Foodservice and Smoked Products will receive free booth space at the famous International Boston Seafood Show in March, as well as airfare to and from the event.

The Award Ceremony and Gala Soiree will be held at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel on February 10, 2012 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.  Tickets are available at www.centertix.net, by calling 907-263-2787 or in-person at 621 W. 6th Avenue in Anchorage.

This year’s judges included:  Nancy Blakey with SnoPac Prodcuts, Kathy Casey with Kathy Casey Kitchen, Lisa Dupar with Lisa Dupar Catering, Brock Johnson with Dahlia Lounge, Adrienne Lasko with Etta’s and Seatown, Clifton Lyles with LSG Skychefs, Janet Nelson with Sysco Foodservice of Seattle, Fiona Robinson with Seafood Business, Karl Uri with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and Gretchen Vannice with Omega -3 RD.

Sponsors for this year’s event include: the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, At-sea Processors Association, Northwest Fisheries Association, Marel, Trident Seafoods, Copper River Seafoods, Alaska Air Cargo, Alaska Longline Company, Marine Stewardship Council, American Seafoods, NFS Surefish, Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank, Alaskan Brewing Co., Ocean Beauty, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation. Lynden, Alaska Whitefish Trawlers Association, Ken Simpson, Columbia Bank, Kruzof Fisheries, United Fisherman of Alaska, Seafood Business and Northern Air Cargo.


About the Alaska Symphony of Seafood

Since 1993, the Alaska Symphony of Seafood has celebrated creative and innovative ideas in the seafood industry, bringing together a host of new products before a panel of judges and the public.  It was created by the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation to promote new product development for seafood harvested in Alaskan waters by encouraging participation and sponsorship from a wide variety of companies and organizations that together, are building the future of the Alaska fishing industry.  For more information, visit www.symphonyofseafood.com.

About the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation is a private, non-profit organization chartered in 1978 for the purpose of developing fisheries infrastructure, research and problem solving for Alaska's commercial fishing industry.  For more information, visit www.afdf.org

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