Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Oregon Salmon Chowder is a Symphony Winner

Oregon Seafoods’ SeaFare Pacific Salmon Chowder, featuring wild caught Alaska sockeye salmon, has won the Seattle People’s Choice award in the 2017 Alaska Symphony of Seafood gala.

The chowder features large chunks of smoked red salmon in a blend of red potatoes, corn, celery and carrots in a creamy savory sauce. The chowder is gluten-free, all natural and contains no genetically modified ingredients.

“We have chosen to use only the best ingredients for our Smoked Salmon Chowder, which includes wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon,” said Mike Babcock, founder of Oregon Seafoods, in Coos Bay. “We have a commitment to add value to US caught seafood and provide a way for consumers to add heart healthy fish to their diet.”

Candied salmon ice cream from the Juneau, Alaska, company Coppa was a close competitor, losing the People’s Choice award by a single vote.

Voting was open to all those attending the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation’s Seattle Open House on Jan. 25, as part of the annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood competition.

AFDF also held its professional judging on Jan. 25 in Seattle on entries in four Symphony categories: retail, food service, Beyond the Plate and Beyond the Egg.

The names of winners in each category are to be announced on Feb. 22 during an Alaska legislative reception and awards ceremony in Juneau. First place winners for the Juneau People’s Choice award will also be announced at that time.

First place winners in each category receive complimentary booth space in Boston at Seafood Expo North America, the seafood industry’s biggest event of the year.

Major sponsors of the 2017 event include the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Alaska Air Cargo, Aleutian Pribilof Islands Community Development Association, At-Sea Processors Association, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp., Kwik’Pak Fisheries, Marel, Northwest Fisheries Association, Trident Seafoods, UniSea and United Fishermen of Alaska.

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