Fish Tacos Friday!

Posted May 11, 2016 at 5:55 am by

Mark your cal­en­dar for Fri­day’s lunch at the the­atre and also check out this note from Matt Marinkovich, pres­i­dent of Fish for Teeth…

Kerwin Johnson cooks up some delicious Fish Taco goodness at a recent Fish Taco event - Tim Dustrude photo

Kerwin Johnson cooks up some delicious Fish Taco goodness at a recent Fish Taco event - Tim Dustrude photo

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


Matt Marinkovich (Matt’s Fresh Fish),
Fish for Teeth President

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