REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- When Mark Zoske sits down in a
restaurant, he pours a little salt out of the shaker. But Zoske isn't just
playing around. The founder of SaltWorks(TM), Inc. (http://www.saltworks.us)
is checking the quality of the salt -- and most times, Zoske is dismayed to
find ordinary refined table salt.
It is all the more puzzling to Zoske because he knows how hard restaurant
owners and chefs work to obtain the best raw ingredients. From USDA Prime
grade beef and certified organic vegetables to seafood flown in for optimal
freshness and perfectly complementary side dishes and wines, no detail is
overlooked. Except, perhaps, the salt.
"The last thing customers put on their food, and the first thing they
taste, is salt," said Zoske. "Yet only a handful of restaurants and chefs use
sea salts on their tables and in their recipes."
Zoske contends that every fine restaurant should provide high-quality sea
salt on the table. At less than a penny per customer, it is less expensive
than most people think. But more important to the customer, sea salt is
healthier and tastes much better than plain table salt.
The product of clean sea water evaporated by the sun, hand-harvested sea
salt contains the trace elements, nutrients and taste that are routinely
stripped from mined salt during the refining process. It is a world apart from
the sodium chloride most people know as salt. In fact, there are several types
of sea salts, including Fleur de Sel, flake salt, pure ocean mill and grinder
salt and stone-ground grey salt (Sel Gris), specifically used for finishing
So what would Zoske recommend for restaurants interested in improving the
quality of their salt?
"Bare minimum, fill the salt shakers with Sonoma Gourmet Sea Salt," he
advised. For a better restaurant, Zoske suggested putting Pure Ocean(TM) Sea
Salt Crystals in an acrylic salt mill on every table and letting the customers
choose the size to grind it. For the very high end, said Zoske, bring a flight
of three finishing salts: Artisan Salt Company's Fleur De Sel, Murray River
Pink Flake Salt, and Salish(TM) Alderwood Smoked Salt. And organic or
vegetarian restaurants should fill their shakers with Le Tresor(TM) Sel Gris
ground whole mineral sea salt.
For those interested in learning more about the different types of sea
salts and their uses in home kitchens and restaurants, SaltWorks provides a
gourmet salt reference guide at
About SaltWorks(TM), Inc.
Founded in 2001 by Mark Zoske, SaltWorks imports premium gourmet sea salts
and bath salts and supplies them to the wholesale, retail, and consumer
markets throughout North America. SaltWorks customers range from individuals
that order by the pound to manufacturers, restaurants, food co-ops, and health
food stores that order by the pallet. The Seattle-area company maintains a
strong commitment to providing the cleanest, most natural products possible.
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