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Copper River Salmon Is Here, and Seattle Health Care Workers Are Among First in Line
On Friday, 2020’s first shipment of Copper River Salmon arrived at SeaTac airport. The prized seasonal fish — more brightly hued and fattier than your average salmon (and more expensive) — is usually honored each year by an Alaskan Airlines pilot in front of a cheering crowd. Even though there was understandably no such pomp and circumstance this time, the occasion will be marked in a more appropriate way. Tomorrow, chef Tom Douglas plans to serve 200 donated Copper River salmon dishes for Swedish Hospital medical professionals on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and then sell the fish Sunday at SeriousTakeout to the general public, with proceeds going to the food bank-supporting nonprofit Food Lifeline.
Restaurant Training Nonprofit FareStart Receives Nearly $1 Million Boost
This week, the city of Seattle announced that it would pour $7 million in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide food for the city’s seniors and homeless population. As part of that effort, FareStart — the nonprofit that provides restaurant jobs training to people struggling with poverty, addiction, homelessness, or a criminal record — will receive up to $910,000 to support meals going to emergency shelters. As has been the case since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the Seattle area, FareStart has stepped up its efforts in this area, providing on average 7,500 meals daily, including those in quarantine and isolation during the crisis. But, as the organization’s communications director Stephanie Schoo says, “there remains a large funding gap for other FareStart emergency meals.” Hopefully, this infusion of cash will help fill the need.
At Last, Georgetown Brewing Puts Its Celebrated Manny’s Pale Ale in Cans
On Thursday, Georgetown Brewing announced a surprising move: It will soon sell its hugely popular draft beer Manny’s in 12-ounce aluminum cans for retail. Ever since the beer first made its way onto the scene more than 15 years ago, Georgetown always insisted that it would be available only on draft at local bars (even as certain other beers in the brewer’s line, such as the Lucille IPA, made it into six-pack form). But now there will be a limited six-week release of Manny’s cans, starting May 23. Proceeds from “Manny’s Cannies” sales will benefit area nonprofits that support workers in the food and beverage industry.