The premiere tasting event in the seafood industry was just held in Anchorage this past Friday evening. Tustumena Smokehouse conquered this season, taking first place in the smoked salmon category and winning the grand prize with Kylee’s Alaskan Salmon Bacon. Yes, salmon bacon! Unfortunately, we can’t all be in Anchorage for the Gala event, but all of this years winners can easily be ordered to our dinner tables with the power on the internet. Check here for a complete list the winners and their websites. All the sites have online ordering and most are offering winter deals. Click thru after the pic to get the inside story on the salmon bacon at the Cordova Times.
Fred West of the Tustumena Smokehouse in Soldotna, which also offers a variety of birch smoked wild Alaska salmon products, also won first prize in the smoked salmon competition. As he was presented with the grand prize award at the Symphony’s gala soiree in Anchorage on Feb. 10, West was asked by Jim Browning of the host Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation to tell the story behind the salmon bacon.West, his voice filled with emotion, explained how his granddaughter Kylee suffered an allergic reaction a few years ago to beef, chicken and pork containing growth hormones and steroids.
He vowed to create a nutritious alternative and by the summer of 2011, his smokehouse was producing heart healthy wild Alaska salmon bacon, with all natural ingredients and no MSG or nitrates. He named the product for his granddaughter Kylee.
Kwik’Pak Fisheries of Emmonak took second place in the smoked fish competition with its Old Style Smoked Yukon Keta and third place with Garlic and Pepper Infused Smoked Yukon Keta.
Sweet potato crunch Alaska Pollock sticks by American Pride Seafoods took first place in food service competition. Ivory King Salmon Sashimi from Triad Fisheries placed second in food service and Louvier’s Wild Alaskan Salmon Cajun Rice Dressing Croquette third.
Aqua Cuisine Naturally Smoked Salmon Frank from AquaCuisine won the retail competition. Tracy’s Alaskan King Crab Bisque from Tracy’s King Crab Shack in Juneau, placed second in retail, and Echo Falls Sockeye Salmon Pinwheels from Ocean Beauty Seafoods placed third.
Tracy’s Alaskan King Carb Bisque also won People’s Choice honors at the Symphony’s gala soirees both in Seattle and Anchorage.
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