Chicago's premier seafood wholesaler, The Plitt Company, offered
a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Kodiak Island for two of the Windy City’s chefs
who prepare wild Alaskan salmon at their restaurants. The chefs arrived on the
island last week with the Plitt Company’s marketing director. Mary Donaldson
For the past few years, the Plitt Company has been
bringing various chefs to Alaska to see where
the wild Alaska
seafood they purchase and prepare comes from. This year the company donated the
trip to some of Chicago’s
Green City Market board members. Two chefs, Sarah Stegner of the Prairie Grass
Café, and Carrie Nahabedian of the Naha Restaurant received the trip Alaska.
Mary Smith, the Plitt Company’s marketing director,
accompanied the chefs to Alaska
to show them a first hand account of where the product they purchase originates.
(Smith 1 :20s “…comes from.”)
chefs arrived in Kodiak last Monday and say the trip really brings home for
them how the whole process works, from start to finish.
Nahabedian says the choice to use Alaska Seafood in her
restaurant is obvious.
(Nahabedian 1 :28s “…and halibut”)
Stegner says her customers demand the fresh seafood from Alaska on her menu.
(Stegner 1 :08s “…if we didn’t have it.”)
two chefs had the opportunity to venture out to Moser and Olga bays to visit
some set net sites, and to see how they operate. They say the highlight of the
trip was being able to see the salmon and how they are caught at the sites.
says this trip has enlightened her to the process or “life cycle” on how the
fish eventually make it her restaurant.
2 :15s “…that we serve at our restaurants.”)
says sustainable seafood sources are important to get to know.
(Stegner 2 :12s “…it
and Stegner say they will take away with them memories of Kodiak’s pristine
beauty as they head back to their restaurants in Chicago. Both say the hospitality of Alaskans
is amazing, as they got to catch a sneak peak into the lives of fishermen for a
day. Besides checking out remote sites, the group went whale watching and had many
other Alaskan sight-seeing opportunities.
Plitt Company is a seafood wholesaler, based in Chicago and serves top quality seafood
products to high-end restaurants, professional chefs, retailers, and caterers
across the U.S. Chicago’s Green City Farmers Market offers sustainable food
products, including Alaskan seafood.
I’m Mary Donaldson.
HOST TAG: A blog of this trip can be found at Kodiak Island –dot-blogspot.com