Fish Tacos Friday!
Posted May 11, 2016 at 5:55 am by Tim Dustrude
Mark your calendar for Friday’s lunch at the theatre and also check out this note from Matt Marinkovich, president of Fish for Teeth…
Hello San Juan Islanders
The Fish for Teeth Taco Team will be cranking out fish burritos this Friday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SJI Community Theater ($7.00 suggested donation). The tacos will provide the same fantastic interlude-with-yumminess, with a small change this time…
Try as I might, I couldn’t bring back the usual allotment of wild Alaskan rockfish from my spring longline trip because the small processor that fillets and freezes these fish was refitting their freezer system and could not process the fish. This would have been quite a dilemma for the incredible fish-taco-to-dental-services relationship that Fish for Teeth has created, but a generous and caring fish company came to the rescue to help out our little program, and donated a sufficient amount of hook-and-line caught frozen-at-sea wild Alaskan Pacific Cod fillets.
Alaskan Leader Seafoods has a fleet of four hook-and-line factory longliners. Each of their boats is maintained to the highest standards, providing a safe and comfortable working environment to their crew. The fish are hook-and-line caught (same as the rockfish I usually provide), which is gentle to the resource they harvest; their product is certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council, and gets a green-light from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch. And the Alaskan Leader Foundation is used to helping small communities, with the pledge to bring education, activities, community improvement, and support to rural Alaskan communities. It should be recognized Alaskan Leader stepped outside of their mission to help out Fish for Teeth and our San Juan Island community.
It goes to show that the momentum carried by community support for a program such as Fish for Teeth and its mission to provide dental care to those who cannot otherwise afford it, will draw the support of other caring organizations such as Alaskan Leader Seafoods, because they see our care, effort, and effective results of our program (which wouldn’t happen without the community support).
So while thanks goes to Alaskan Leader for helping fill the gap this time, I feel thanks should also go to every individual, business, and service group who has ever helped with our mission. At this point the list is too long to mention—but that goes to show the collective strength of a community and what can be accomplished when people care.
So this time if you treat yourself to one of these progressive, sustainable, and absolutely delicious fish burrito-tacos, take a moment to consider the tremendous community effort behind every delicious bite.
For information about Fish for Teeth and its dental program, go to fishforteeth.com.
Matt Marinkovich (Matt’s Fresh Fish),
Fish for Teeth President
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