Monday or Tuesday, Roy? Media accounts indicated that the first sales were 9 a.m. Tuesday?
Wholesalers in Seattle took possession on Monday from what I was told.
I read one account that kings were going for $36.99 a pound at Whole Wallet^H^H^H^H Foods.
I went down to Pike Place Market on Wed. afternoon (to scope out the scene), which has about a half dozen fish mongers. The price on whole Kings was $25.99 and on King fillets $29.99.
I find a savoury chardonnay goes quite well - of course my experience is NZ salmon and mostly NZ chardonnay.
So nice to hear from you Sue! I miss you on Wed. nights. I hope everyone from this Community has subscribed to your outstanding newsletter. Chardonnay sounds like it might work well, preferably without the cedar planks.
Seriously, I really enjoy Chablis with Salmon. The purity of the fruit and acidity really holds up to the intense richness of the fish.
Yes, I have lived through many a tough "run" from both rivers up there when I was buying in large quantities for a restaurant chain (19 units) that featured these fish each year. One year we even had to pass entirely on doing the Copper River as from a price standpoint, we were only able to "afford" Sockeye and we had a reputation built on Kings. In 1998 I was "awarded" the FIRST King out of the Yukon River. It was a big deal here at the time as it was flown in by float plane to our restaurant on Lake Union. I have some great photos of that event. Ahhhhh those were the daze.