Meet the Team

February 18, 2016
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Mary Smith, Founder of Edible Alaska

Mary Smith is the owner and editor-in-chief of Edible Alaska, a quarterly print magazine and digital presence that celebrates Alaska's local food scene. Smith is a 1994 graduate of Northland College, with a BA in creative writing. She spent 15 years in a marketing career, 10 years as Marketing Director for a Chicago based seafood distribution company and five with another seafood distributor based in Southern California. During this time she helped introduce the concepts of environmental and social sustainability to the larger seafood industry.

Smith has travelled around the world speaking on issues of marketing and sustainability and is a 2008 recipient of the Seafood Choices Alliance’s Seafood Champion award for her efforts. Smith is also a 1998 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has experience working in a variety of professional kitchens and classrooms. She spent 6 seasons as commercial fisherman in Alaska and co-owns Springline Seafood with her husband, a direct marketing partnership featuring frozen-at-sea wild-caught Alaska salmon.

Prior to launching Edible Alaska, Smith:

...survived an "upclose and personal" thumb crushing meet & greet with a live Alaska king crab.

...completed 2 Ironman triathlons.  

...won all categories of a tilapia fishing competition on China's Hainan Island (first fish, biggest fish, most fish). 

Pizza order: "Right now I am loving fruit on pizza! Think roasted pears with blue cheese and fresh rosemary."

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