Gourmet goodies and more at Alaska Smokehouse kiosk

It’s fresh and it’s gourmet and it may just be what you’re looking to give the person who has everything this holiday season.

Alaska Smokehouse, The Famous Pacific Dessert Company and Sleepless in Seattle Coffee, all of World Wide Gourmet Food, are three companies in one and have returned to Kitsap Mall this holiday season offering a spread of gourmet choices. This is the first time Alaska Smokehouse has had a kiosk in the mall since 2000. The company has returned this holiday season to offer plenty of gourmet goodies from hand-filleted smoked salmon, a Pacific Northwest favorite, to Chocolate Decadence cake.

“It all fits together in a lot of ways, it’s all gourmet food and it all lends itself to regional flavor and flare,” said employee Bob Speed.

To make sure you get what you’re looking for, samples are available for many of the foods. The heart of the business is sampling the product, allowing people to try the product it sells itself, Speed said.

All products are shelf-stable, yet offer high quality and freshness. None of the products, even the dessert cakes, require refrigeration until opened. Desserts include Chocolate Thunder White Lightning Decadence, Chocolate Decadence, Raspberry Linzer Torte, Espresso Decadence, dessert bars, cheesecake, brownies and purees. To maintain freshness, each dessert is packaged using state-of-the-art controlled atmosphere packaging that locks in the freshness for six months so that if shipped it will be just as fresh as the day it was sent.

“All travel well,” Speed said. “We ship all across the country and to APO/FPO addresses.”

With great desserts, comes great coffee. Inspired by the movie “Sleepless in Seattle,” is Sleepless in Seattle Coffee which is made with special attention to coaxing a rich flavor from the coffee bean.

And to top it all off is a favorite among many: Smoked salmon.

Many people stop by the Alaska Smokehouse kiosk to pick up a package or box of smoked salmon to send to those who can’t get it where they’re at, Speed said.

The smoked salmon is available in gift boxes including handcrafted wooden gift boxes adorned with Native American art and comes in three varieties, natural smoked salmon, smoked sockeye salmon and pepper garlic fillet.

“What represents our region more than salmon products?,” Speed said. “It’s a Northwest tradition and the Northwest art is all the better.”

“The salmon is smoked over alder wood for six to 18 hours and then placed in a retort, which is a gold foil bag, vacuumed sealed and then placed in a pressure cooker and ‘flash canned’ so quickly that none of the delicious flavor or moist texture is lost,” owner Jack Praino said.

The smoked salmon needs no refrigeration and has a shelf life of three years. Alaska Smokehouse offers other seafood items such as spreads, soups, pastas and jerkies.

Gift baskets containing salmon or dessert products or even both are available and range from $10 to $100.

“The bigger the basket the more variety,” Speed said.

Based in Woodinville, Praino purchased Alaska Smokehouse in 1997 from Alaskan fishermen. In 2002, he purchased The Famous Dessert Company and Sleepless in Seattle Coffee.

The Kitsap Mall kiosk, located across from Rave, is seasonal and will be open until Christmas. For more information call (360) 698-1389.

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