Alaska farmers, fishermen team up to encourage locals to Eat Alaska
Twenty chefs around the state celebrate Alaska seafood and Alaska Grown products in new promotion
Juneau, Alaska. July 1, 2015 - The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) and Alaska Grown have joined together to celebrate Alaska's bounty of locally grown food and locally harvested seafood with the Eat Alaska campaign. Eat Alaska features a collection of twenty recipes from Alaska's best and brightest chefs, each featuring a uniquely Alaskan mix of local produce and seafood, such as:
- Crispy Alaska Rockfish with Celery Root Puree from Chef Andrew Brown of Jack Sprat in Girdwood.
- Alaska Salmon Cakes with Spicy Turmeric Garlic by Kim Sunée, author of A Mouthful of Starsand Trail of Crumbs in Anchorage, and
- Togarashi Alaska Black Cod With Kale Kimchi from Chef Kevin Lane of The Cookery in Seward.
Eat Alaska also offers free reusable tote bags, printed with images of Alaska seafood and Alaska grown produce, and bearing both the ASMI and Alaska Grown logos. They will be handed out at farmers markets around the state. Shoppers can also look for the life-size cutout of a brown bear holding a salmon in one paw and carrots in the other.
The promotion will be found everywhere Alaska food can be bought, from farmers markets to traditional retail settings like Carrs/Safeway, who will carry the materials as they endeavor to source and promote Alaska foods. "We at Carrs/Safeway are committed to source locally when we can; we know it's good for us, good for our vendors and good for Alaskans, " said Carrs/Safeway regional manager Glenn Peterson.
Robbie Mixon, manager of the Homer Farmers Market, says the recipes and cards will help drive interest in eating local. "Eat Alaska brings together the best of Alaska's bounty- from sea to land, utilizing fresh produce and seafood. The Homer Farmers Market is proud to feature their deliciously curated recipes in our weekly newsletters and onsite recipe cards, encouraging more local purchases from our farmers and seafood vendors."
All 20 recipes can be found online at wildalaskaseafood.com/eatalaska. Alaskans are encouraged to post, tag and share images of their local produce and seafood dishes with the hashtag #EatAlaska, to connect with other cooks around the state.
Amy Pettit, Marketing Manager for the Alaska Grown program, says "Alaskans love to #eatalaska. We are thrilled that this collaborative effort between ASMI and Alaska Grown is being recognized and supported by the retail outlets that help feed Alaskans year round."
Alaskans have a rich heritage of living off the land, with abundant seafood, fertile lands for foraging, and extended daylight hours providing bounteous edibles for generations from both the land and the sea. Today, locally sourced meats and seafood and locally grown produce continue to dominate national food trends, according to the National Restaurant Association's annual poll.
To view all of the recipes, visit www.wildalaskaseafood.com/eatalaska.
About Alaska Seafood:
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) is a partnership of the State of Alaska and the Alaska seafood industry. ASMI works to promote the benefits of wild and sustainable Alaska seafood and offer seafood industry education.
About Alaska Grown:
The agriculture industry in Alaska created the Alaska Grown logo to highlight products grown in Alaska. The Alaska Grown program is designed to increase consumer awareness and consumption of Alaska agricultural products. Alaska Grown is a program from the State of Alaska, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Agriculture.