IPNC Salmon Bake serves as inspiration for Pacific Northwest Salmon Bake at White House Picnic highlighting regional cuisines from around the United States.
(PRWEB) May 31, 2010 -- Long-time guest chef and board member of Oregon’s annual International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC), Jason Stoller Smith will represent the Pacific Northwest region at a June 8 White House Picnic for 2000 people. The Picnic will highlight regional cuisines spanning the country.
Inspired by the IPNC Salmon Bake, Daniel Shanks, White House Usher responsible for Food and Beverage, suggested that the First Lady invite Chef Stoller Smith to recreate the event on the White House Lawn. According to Mr. Shanks, the Pacific Northwest Salmon Bake will be a visual centerpiece and will be located on the South Lawn near the Oval Office. The Northwest Salmon Bake is a long-standing tradition of the IPNC, based on a Native American practice featuring wild salmon roasted on alder stakes over a dramatic custom-built fire pit.
“We are thrilled that the President and his guests will have the opportunity to enjoy Chef Stoller Smith’s unique preparation of this regional favorite,” says IPNC Culinary Director Anne Nisbet, adding, “Jason has contributed his talents to the IPNC and the Salmon Bake for many years and his support of Oregon farmers, ranchers and fishermen has been integral in nurturing the northwest’s famed farm-to-table cuisine.”
Preparations for the White House Pacific Northwest Salmon Bake are underway and include the construction of a custom fire pit by the National Park Service, which will temporarily remove a section of the turf where the salmon will be roasted. White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford will coordinate the ordering and delive
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