Seattle, WA, March 24, 2009 â€”A new commemorative dinner menuâ€”featuring the best of Alaska cuisineâ€”plays a starring role in the main dining room one night during each seven-day Alaska cruise this summer. Holland America has created the special menu in celebration of the stateâ€™s 50th anniversary of statehood in 2009.
Master Chef Rudi Sodamin researched Alaskaâ€™s culinary heritage and combined traditional foods with his own Signature of Excellence flair to create the cruise lineâ€™s commemorative menu. In addition, â€œSalmon 50 Waysâ€ returns to the shipsâ€™ menu offering fresh, wild Alaska salmon in 50 different recipes over the weeklong cruise.
â€œThe celebration dinner incorporates the foods found in Alaskaâ€™s communities into one grand menu,â€ said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. â€œAlaska offers abundant fresh ingredients, a favorite being wild seafood, and our culinary team has created a memorable menu to showcase the tastes of Alaska.â€
Served in the main dining room one evening, Chef Sodamin excites dinersâ€™ palettes with his own twists on traditional Alaska cuisine. For example, as an appetizer, he spikes a berry mÃ©lange with a splash of whiskey. A Fairbanks Seafood Platter combines Alaskan prawns, salmon jerky, clams, smoked salmon and smoked halibut. For an Alaskan inspired salad, he adds smoked salmon to frissee lettuce, pear and fennel. Soup choices include Ketchikan Fishermanâ€™s Chowder, Reindeer Sausage and Vegetable Chowder and Chilled Yukon Gold Vichyssoise.
Guests have a choice of nine different entrÃ©es including Razor Clams, Bay Scallops and Manila Clams over Noodles; Grilled Salmon with Endive and Caramelized Orange Zests; Grilled Venison with Wild Mushrooms and Alaskan King Crab Cobb Salad.
Appropriate for a celebration dinner, decadent desserts adorn the menu. Highlights include an Alaska Dessert Sampler of chocolate mousse in a chocolate shell, maple cheesecake and apple buckle with sugared berries. A cruise favorite, Gold Rush Baked Alaska is a decadent combination of chocolate ice cream surrounded with vanilla sponge cake and coated in meringue dusted with edible gold. It comes with a choice of topping: Peppermint Hot Fudge, Raspberry Chocolate Swirl or Praline Crunch.
The lineâ€™s popular â€œSalmon 50 Ways,â€ first offered on Alaska-bound ships in 2005, returns to further commemorate the stateâ€™s 50th anniversary. Between the various dining venues serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, fresh, wild Alaskan salmon will be prepared 50 different ways over the course of the weeklong cruise.
Holland America Line buys approximately 1.3 million pounds of wild Alaskan seafood per year, the majority being salmon. As the salmon season hits full stride, Holland America Lineâ€™s famous on-deck Salmon Bake will prepare an array of flavors such as Basted Honey Maple, Soy Garlic, and Holland America Lineâ€™s award-winning Dill, Sea Salt and Vodka, a salmon culinary treat.
Holland America Line has been leading tours in Alaska for more than 60 years and has eight premium ships offering a total of 156 cruises and 29 CruiseTours ranging from 10 to 20 days in length. For more information about booking, contact a travel agent or call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425) or visit www.hollandamerica.com.