Press & Recognitions
In the 60+ years that SeaBear has been in business, both our company and our products have been featured in many magazines and publications. Here’s a selection of recent, and not-so-recent, articles.
The Open Mind, Hosted by Alexander HeffnerLISTEN TO THE PODCAST
SeaBear Smokehouse CEO Mike Mondello discusses the impact of the pandemic on American seafood and stewardship of the oceans.
Seattle Met MagazineRead More
SeaBear’s Smokehouse Slider Kit featured in Seattle Met Magazine
Seattle’s Q13 Fox Fillets a FishWatch Video
Seattle’s Q13 Fox visits the Smokehouse in Anacortes! View the Fillet Room segment here
Ezvid Wiki Names SeaBear Smoked Salmon Trio #1 Smoked Salmon for 2017Read More
In a review of ten smoked salmon varieties from a number of companies, SeaBear's Smoked Salmon Trio, a perfect gift for the smoked salmon lover, made the top of the list.
Washington Grown features SeaBear Smoked SalmonWatch Video
PR Web - May 24, 2016Read More
SeaBear Smokehouse –- marketer of the SeaBear and Gerard & Dominique brands of artisan smoked salmon --- has been awarded Level 2 SQF Food Safety Certification by the Safe Quality Food Institute, a global standard for rigorous food safety management systems. Safe Quality Food certification (SQF), which is administered by the Food Marketing Institute and recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), is a standard of excellence increasingly looked for by customers in the food retailing and food service industries.
“We are thrilled to now be an SQF certified plant, and proud to be part of their One World, One Standard certification.” exclaims Mike Mondello, SeaBear president. “This SQF certification gives our customers the confidence that we, as a small artisan smokehouse, have met the highest global standards for food safety.”
In addition to this Safe Quality Food certification, a number of SeaBear Company products have recently been verified by the NON-GMO Project.
UpstateRamblings.com features SeaBear's Ready-to-Eat Wild Salmon - April 24, 2012Read More
SeaBear acquires Gerard & Dominique Seafood: Food Business Review - April 2nd 2008
SeaBear Company, a national purveyor of smoked salmon and other specialty seafood, has acquired 100% of GD Seafoods, which does business under the Gerard & Dominique brand. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquiring firm believes that with this acquisition, the combined company enjoys the leverage of a broad line of high quality products, two respected consumer brands, and strength across multiple distribution channels, positioning it for significant growth in the high-end niche of the seafood business. Mike Mondello, president and CEO of SeaBear, said: "Both the SeaBear and Gerard & Dominique brands are built on premium product quality, specialty niche marketing, and a deep passion for customer service. This strong alignment of our core beliefs is what got us both interested in the potential of joining forces." Dominique Place, president of Gerard & Dominique, said: "We are thrilled to be joining the SeaBear team, as their depth in sales and marketing will allow us to serve our existing customers even better, and help us expand to reach new markets as well." Mr Place and his wife ChouChou, who together were sole owners of Gerard & Dominique, will remain with the company, as president and vice president of sales, respectively.
Anacortes American - November 01, 2007
SeaBear commemorated 50th anniversary with dinner party - by Kimberly Jacobson
SeaBear held a party unlike any other in the continental United States to celebrate 50 years in business in September. With customers and friends from coast to coast, SeaBear brought the party to them by creating the world’s largest dinner party. SeaBear, a nationally recognized purveyor of premier seafood, celebrated its 50th birthday with a simultaneous schedule of 50 dinner celebrations from coast to coast — spanning over thousands of miles, three time zones and a multitude of culinary and entertaining traditions. Fifty friends of SeaBear from across the country were chosen to host a dinner party for their family and friends. Mike Mondello, SeaBear CEO, hosted the event from the party of more than 150 employees and friends at company headquarters in Anacortes. To kick off the coast-to-coast celebration, Mondello connected with the parties all across the country via a Web cast where he was able to simultaneously toast everyone.
Skagit Valley Herald - September 18, 2007Read More
Taste for salmon fuels company’s growth - by Scott Terrell
Prevention Magazine - December 2004
"Enjoy the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ when you serve SeaBear’s smoked wild salmon from the Pacific Northwest. The luscious Appetizer Sampler Collection includes a half-pound each of BeerGarden, Copper River, and Nova Style smoked salmon, plus salmon-and-spread roll ups, all rich in Omega-3 fats. It’s shipped on ice; thaw overnight and arrange the fish around a bowl of the sweet onion mustard that’s provided."
The Star-Ledger - July 9, 2003
"First there was tuna in vacuum packs that needed no refrigeration until they were opened. Now, from SeaBear Smokehouse in Anacortes, Washington, comes Raging River Brand wild salmon in its own little pouch, 6 ounces of sockeye salmon from Alaska with just a touch of sea salt to add interest. Turn it into a salad or use it as a sandwich ingredient for the kids. Anything’s possible."
Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle) - August 19, 2002
SeaBear catches gourmet market with latest product - Steve Wilhelm - Staff Writer
Mike Mondello wants to give SeaBear Smokehouse Inc.’s salmon the cachet of a refined, upscale product sought out by epicures who are also health- and environment-conscious. Key to this ambition is Anacortes-based SeaBear’s newest product, called "Healthy Hearts wild salmon dinner fillets" — a package of eight six-ounce frozen salmon fillets, packed in dry ice with four sauces, shipped directly to consumers’ homes. It’s targeted directly at homemakers who want to impress guests, or can afford to spend freely on food. "In four months it’s become the most successful new product," said president and CEO Mondello. "It’s totally high end." With such innovations, SeaBear, long known for packaging expensive salmon gift boxes, is expanding into the mail-order gourmet market.
Since arriving at the company in 1996, Mondello has been recasting his company with new products and new target market. To do this Mondello is capitalizing on increasing public awareness of an array of seafood-related environmental and health issues. These include the sustainability of wild seafood resources, the importance of Omega-3 fatty acids for heart health, and increasing doubts about the environmental impacts of farmed salmon, as well as the health implications of the antibiotics and dyes that salmon farmers use. At the equivalent of $20 a pound, the Healthy Hearts fillets don’t find much of a market here in the salmon-rich Northwest. Instead, the company does about 95 percent of its direct-mail marketing business in tony neighborhoods in California, Texas, New York, Florida and Chicago, Mondello said. "We don’t compete on price,"
Thrillist's 7 Must-Try Mac & CheeseRead More
Thrillist features SeaBear's Smoked Salmon Mac & Cheese in their article "7 Must-Try Mac & Cheese Spots Around the Country That Ship Everywhere"
On the Menu PodcastRead More
Mike Mondello talks with On The Menu Podcast’s Ann & Peter Haigh: salmon as the hero; shopping direct from the Smokehouse
Seattle’s KOMO 4 NewsWatch Video
SeaBear’s Smokehouse Tasting Flight featured on Seattle’s KOMO 4 News. Tasting flight to be featured at Made in Washington’s reimagined Pike Place Market location.
Seattle’s Q13 Fox & Treat the TroopsWatch Video
Seattle’s Q13 Fox visits the Smokehouse in Anacortes! View the Treat the Troops segment here
SeaBear featured in "How to Hike the Appalachian Trail" book - January 6, 2017Learn More
Interested in hiking the Appalachian Trail? This informative book by Christopher Gage includes SeaBear's Ready-to-Eat Wild Salmon as a must-have for the journey.
Whole Foods Magazine notes SeaBear salmon as a safe choice for sustainability - July 12, 2016Read More
SeaBear Company announces its Gerard & Dominique line of wild salmon lox and its SeaBear brand Ready-to-Eat Wild Salmon are now verified by the Non-GMO Project. - January 27, 2016Read More
MomCentral.com says SeaBear makes nutrition simple - November 2, 2011Read More
Rachael Ray "Everyday" - December 2007
For the Sunday Bruncher Give friends "lox" of flavor - and some tasty Omega-3s: Sockeye Smoked Salmon is great for brunch (bagels and cream cheese not included).
Skagit Valley Herald - September 27, 2007Read More
SeaBear creates niche by selling seafood, celebrating relationships - by Kimberly Jacobson
The Detroit News - June 21, 2007
One Good Salmon - by Kate Lawson, Detroit News Food Writer
Alaska’s Copper River is celebrated for its yearly wild salmon run, and right now SeaBear, a leading wild salmon purveyor, is shipping fresh Copper River sockeye during its "Straight from the River" event. This wonderful salmon needs very little to make it spectacular. In fact, SeaBear includes a free packet of sea salt and cracked pepper, along with simple instructions to roast the fillets slowly at 250 degrees for about 25 minutes. The results are amazing. Price for eight dinner-sized sockeye fillets is $74.99 (plus shipping), and there’s a wide variety of other salmon choices such as whole fillets, burgers and steaks, as well as smoked.
Coastal Living - May 2005
Reap the rewards of the world’s most famous salmon run by reserving SeaBear’s 2005 Straight from the River Wild Copper River Sockeye Salmon. During the week of June 13th, eight 6-ounce fillets arrive fresh at your door directly from the pristine waters of Alaska’s renowned Copper River.
Muscle & Fitness - August 2004
All the bad press recently about dangerous levels of mercury in tuna and toxic chemicals in farmed salmon is enough to make anyone a fish-phobe. Sadly, avoiding fish – particularly meaty ones like salmon – can affect your health. Salmon is one of the best sources of the omega-3 essential fatty acids, which the body needs for mental function, cardiovascular health and to fight inflammation. Fortunately, SeaBear offers frozen wild salmon fillets with accompanying marinades and sauces, as well as portable single-serving pouches of cooked, ready-to-eat salmon. In the pouches, you can choose either sockeye, which has a more robust flavor, or pink, with a milder flavor. The 3.5-ounce packet of sockeye provides 22 grams of protein and 8 g fat, including 1,100 mg of those omega-3 fatty acids. The pink salmon has 34 g protein, 6 g fat and 1,700 mg omegas-3s. The price, about $6 a packet, might be higher than what you can get at your supermarket’s fish counter, but at least you’ll know you’re buying wild Alaska salmon.
Chicago Sun-Times - March 3, 2004
"Every now and then we head off the regular path for this column and find gems like this product from SeaBear. If you are looking for an easy lunch that’s good for you and tastes great, order these packets. This probably was the best lunch I’d had at my desk in months. It couldn’t have been easier. Each pack hold fully cooked boneless/skinless pieces of wild salmon with a bit of sea salt. The company offers a booklet with ideas on how to prepare the salmon packets. I just ripped it open, piled the wild salmon onto a baguette and added the lettuce leaves I’d packaged separately. Every bite was great and I would have been sad I’d come to the end of my sandwich if I hadn’t been so full. Plus I had the satisfaction of eating something so healthy. The American Heart Associations recommends people eat two servings of omega-3 rich fatty acids (such as SeaBear salmon). There have been concerns in recent months concerning farmed salmon, but this is wild salmon that hold none of those worries. I’m planning to order more because if I’m stuck eating lunch at my desk, I figure I should at least have something I enjoy." – Sue Ontiveros
Natural Health - May/June 2003
How to Shop for Heart-Healthy Fish
Boosting your Omega-3 intake is easy when you choose salmon. This popular fish tastes terrific no matter how you prepare it - baked, broiled, grilled, poached, hot, cold, in salads, or in burgers ... Wild-caught Pacific salmon is a great choice. Alaskan salmon earns particularly high marks for your health because they come from well-managed fisheries with clean waters. If you can’t locate wild salmon in your area, you can mail-order it frozen from SeaBear Salmon (800-645-3474; seabear.com). Most canned salmon is wild; cans labeled red salmon contain sockeye salmon, which has a more robust flavor than pink salmon, the other canned variety
ABC's Good Morning AmericaWATCH VIDEO
SeaBear Smokehouse is featured in GMA's "Rise and Shine" segment, which highlights small businesses across the nation.
SeaBear's Smoked Salmon Chowder featured in 425 MagazineRead More
425 Magazine highlights SeaBear's unique idea to combine our Smoked Salmon Chowder with a can of pureed pumpkin.
Seattle Kitchen with Chefs Tom Douglas and Thierry RautureauLISTEN TO THE PODCAST
SeaBear’s Mike Mondello featured on “Seattle Kitchen with Tom & Thierry” podcast. Chefs Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau, both winners of the prestigious James Beard Award, review the Puget Sound's best restaurants, share recipes based on a special weekly ingredient, and answer your burning culinary quandaries.
Seattle’s Q13 Fox at the Smokehouse StoreWatch Video
Seattle’s Q13 Fox visits the Smokehouse in Anacortes! View the Smokehouse Tasting Flight segment here
PureWow notes SeaBear in their Top Food Gifts Under $25 List
UrbanDaddy recommends SeaBear's Red King Crab Dip as Most Tantalizing - December 5, 2016Read More
Sunset Magazine names Gerard & Dominique's Smoked Salmon one of the BestRead More
Undercurrent News - December 3, 2015Read More
Smoked salmon company SeaBear Wild Salmon has donated almost 1,000 pouches of its ready-to-eat salmon to active duty troops and military units as part of its ongoing Treat the Troops program, the company said in a release.
SeaBear began Treat the Troops, which donates one pouch of salmon for every pouch purchased by a customer, in 2013, and has since sent over 3,200 pouches.
"We appreciate that members of our country's Armed Services are often serving on our behalf in some pretty harsh conditions," said CEO and president Mike Mondello.
"These brave individuals will be able to enjoy a wonderful meal of Wild Salmon from the Pacific Northwest no matter where they're at – and those who have received our salmon have been so appreciative. Our customers have embraced this program, with donations nearly doubling since last year."
Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle) - April 18, 2008
The deal: SeaBear Co., of Anacortes, acquires rival smoked-seafood company Gerard & Dominique Seafood, of Woodinville. The parties: Mike Mondello, SeaBear president and CEO, and Dominique Place, co-founder of Gerard & Dominique. When Mike Mondello traveled to Woodinville last fall to discuss acquiring Gerard & Dominique Seafood, a rival in the smoked salmon business, his strongest impression came after the meeting. Dominique Place, the owner of Gerard & Dominique, sent Mondello home with a selection of fine food samples, including smoked scallops. "Dominique said, ’When you go home, just toss them in a little olive oil and heat them up,’" Mondello recalled. "I was blown away. I remember telling my wife, ’Oh my God, I hope this deal goes through.’" Those smoked scallops oiled a remarkably smooth courtship that ended with Mondello’s company, SeaBear Co., acquiring Gerard & Dominique for an undisclosed price. The deal closed on April 1.
Mondello and Place are a bit of an odd couple. Mondello is a brash New York native. Place, who grew up in France, has a European sensibility and speaks with a heavy French accent. But a variety of factors pushed them together. Salmon prices are rising sharply, creating incentives for consolidation. At the same time, Dominique and his wife, Chouchou, were looking for an "exit door" for their retirement. None of their three adult children was interested in taking over the family business. Place got the ball rolling last spring, asking an attorney, Joe Brotherton, to reach out to possible buyers. Brotherton arranged to meet Mondello at the Washington Athletic Club, where the two are members. After a workout, they went upstairs and grabbed coffee to talk about Gerard & Dominique and whether SeaBear might be interested in acquiring the company. Mondello met a number of times with Brotherton and the Places over the next several months. He toured Dominique & Gerard’s 10,000-square-foot Woodinville facility. The discussions got increasingly serious, and by February of this year, the two sides signed a letter of intent. On the final weekend before the deal closed, Mondello, who was in Phoenix celebrating his 50th birthday with a bunch of childhood friends from Long Island, kept a vigilant eye on his BlackBerry. He stepped away several times to take phone calls or answer e-mails, at the risk of razzing by his buddies, as the final details got ironed out. The acquisition greatly expands SeaBear’s sales channels. The company specializes in online and catalog sales of smoked salmon gift boxes and other seafood products such as halibut, crab and prawns. The company also owns the Made in Washington retail gift stores. Gerard & Dominique does a lot of European-style or nova-style smoked salmon -- the silky, perishable variety -- and sells to supermarkets, hotels and restaurants. Its clients include the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, in Seattle, and the Morton’s of Chicago restaurant chain. Salmon prices have increased sharply in recent years, which was clearly a factor in the two companies’ calculations. Mondello said combining the two companies creates efficiencies with salmon and other seafood products. "Bringing the two product lines together mitigates some of the price pressure of salmon going up," Mondello said.
For Dominique and Chouchou, the buyout marks the end of an era. Dominique came to Seattle from France 33 years ago as a young chef, and worked in the local restaurant industry before starting Gerard & Dominique in 1990 with another restaurateur, Gerard Parrat. (Place bought out Parrat’s share of the business in 1998.) Place said he was "overwhelmed" for several days after signing the papers with SeaBear. He and Chouchou had built Gerard & Dominique from the ground up. Dominique even designed their first smoker, or as he pronounces it in his endearing French way, a "smok-eur." Since the acquisition, Mondello drove out to Woodinville to talk to Gerard & Dominique’s staff, and the Places came out to SeaBear’s plant, in Anacortes, to meet and greet the staff there. Combined, the two companies have nearly 100 employees. Dominique and Chouchou will continue running G&D as a unit of SeaBear. No layoffs are planned, Mondello said.
Natural Health - March 2003 - in the "Consider This" section
SeaBear Healthy Hearts Wild Salmon Dinner Club
This sampler includes eight 6-ounce fillets of Sockeye, King, Coho, and Keta salmon (two of each kind), four complementary sauces, and a booklet on healthy eating from the American Heart Association. The omega-3-rich fish are wild-caught in Alaska and shipped frozen.
Awards & Recognition
Best in Meat: Washington
Cooking Light Magazine’s 2011 Taste Test Awards
Our Gerard & Dominique brand smoked scallops have been recognized within the Artisanal Category. Thanks, Cooking Light, we appreciate it!
Order of Agricultural Merit
Bestowed by the French Republic
Chef Dominique Place received a very special recognition for his lifetime of culinary excellence. As recipient of this esteemed and historic award Mr. Place is officially recognized as a Knight in the Order of Agriculture Merit.
Alaska Symphony of Seafood 2009
Third Place in Food Service for Gerard & Dominique’s Smoked Scallops
Third Place in Smoked Products for Gerard & Dominique’s Smoked Salmon Parfait
Norm Thompson Outfitters 2002
Merchandising Vendor of the Year
Alaska Symphony of Seafood 1999
People’s Choice - Smokehouse Pizza
MultiChannel Merchants 2007
Gold Award Winner Small Web Merchant (Web)
Made in Washington Stores 2002
Award for Product of the Year - Smoked Salmon Trio
Alaska Symphony of Seafood 1998
2nd place in Food Service for BeerGarden Smoked Salmon
Best Overall in Gift & Specialty Products for Smokehouse Chili (Spicy White Bean Soup)
Business & Professional Women 2007
Employer of the Year
Norm Thompson Outfitters 2000
American Corporate Identity 1990
Award of Excellence to Speciality Seafoods