Our RP catering manager, Kristen and new hubby Chef Beau had such an amazing wedding! I can't wait to post all the pictures and creative ideas on our blog (stay tuned)! Kristen hosted the wedding and reception at the Royal Park Hotel and our talented Chef created an outstanding trio plate presentation showcasing Pan Seared Artic Char.
Artic Char is gaining popularity because it’s farmed in an ecologically responsible manner. With the strong momentum toward sustainable living many brides and grooms like Kristen and Beau are looking for eco-friendly menu choices for their guests to enjoy.
Beware of fish that are farmed in open pens coastal waters. Waste from these farms is released directly into the ocean and can spread to wild fish swimming near the farms and escaping farmed fish can harm wild populations. Arctic char is farmed in land-based, closed systems and there is a low risk of pollution and habitat effects. Closed systems—particularly re-circulating systems—treat their wastewater.
If you want to learn more about sustainable seafood options Monterey Bay Aquarium http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx is an informative link we use at the hotel. Our chefs monitor the “seafood watch” section to learn about endangered species, gulf oil spill updates and “best choice” seafood options. The site also features delicious sustainable seafood recipes. Like this one featured by
Broiled Sockeye Salmon with Citrus Glaze (Serves 4 to 6)
- 1 side of skin-on sockeye salmon, 1 1/2 to 2 pounds, pin bones removed
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon zest
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Position a rack in the oven 3 inches from the broiler. Line a half sheet pan with aluminum foil and place the salmon on the pan.
Place the sugar, zest, salt and pepper into the bowl of a small food processor and process for 1 minute or until well combined. Evenly spread the mixture onto the salmon and allow to sit for 45 minutes at room temperature.
Turn the oven on to the high broiler setting for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, place the salmon into the oven and broil for 6 to 8 minutes or until the thickest part of the fish reaches an internal temperature of 131 degrees. Remove the salmon from the oven and allow to rest, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes. Serve immediately.