The Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) – Fort Belvoir Program hosted its 3rd Annual Salmon Cookout on the patio of the Fort Belvoir USO on Monday, July 17. A total of 84 veterans, volunteers and family members attended the cookout. This was double the number of people from last year.
The cookout idea started in 2015 when a veteran asked us to do a program on cooking fish. We do this as a family activity and ask those attending to bring a side dish or dessert.
The salmon filets were prepared and grilled on cedar planks which were soaked overnight.
Volunteers John Pastino, Scott Bearden, and Victor Kernus were the grill bosses. In the past, we’ve demonstrated how to prepare the salmon with the cedar plank and salmon rub and the veterans would then do it themselves. With a crowd of 84 to feed, we skipped the demo and started cooking 25 lbs. of salmon.
Old friends, Anita Low, on the left, and Eivind Forseth, on the righ,t recalled their days at Walter Reed in 2007.
Families got a break from cooking. The Brian Cross Family:
The Nima Emami Family:
Three of our veterans are leaving the area. We hated to say goodbye to (L-R), Rick Warrington, Clem Danish, and Tracey Smith. Bruce Gilley brought the cake.
Here are the directions for anyone wanting to do it themselves:
Salmon Planking Directions