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April 11 will be Sol Amon Day in Seattle. Amon, celebrating 50 years as owner of Pure Food and Fish, is commemorating his golden anniversary with cake and balloons at noon. Amon is donating the day's proceeds to the Market Foundation.
His dad Jack Amon came to the Market in 1911; "Solly" has been here ever since, through it all. Nearly 25 years ago, Sol became the first Market merchant to support the Foundation's efforts to fund the Market's services for low-income people. Today, he's the Market's longest-tenured merchant, and has been proclaimed the 2006 "King of the Market." The pragmatic Amon is still here most days. Modestly, he says, "our job is pretty simple. We sell fish seven days a week, and it's the best and freshest you can find anywhere."
For the discriminating foodie, three shopping meccas by Ronald Holden
A fundamental truth underlies everything about food: unless you grow it, raise it or catch it yourself, you need a marketplace in which to find it. Even if you bake your own bread, you still need to buy flour; if you raise tomatoes in the backyard or a pot of herbs on the windowsill, you still need to buy salt and pepper.
One of the reasons Seattle has become such a great food community is its abundance of raw materials: seafood, mushrooms, fruit, clean water. Add to that the hardworking farmers, fishermen and foragers, and the well-established networks for getting the ingredients of their goodness into the hands of buyers. In short: we've become a city of great marketplaces.
We'll look at traditional, small-scale farmers' markets in upcoming issues. For a start, though, a stroll through three of Seattle's biggest and most colorful.
Pike Place Market News – April 2006
From now until eternity, April 11 will officially be Sol Amon Day, throughout Seattle. Amon, celebrating 50 years as owner of the Pure Food and Fish, also the 2006 King of the Market, is commemorating Pure Food & Fish’s golden anniversary with ceremonious cake and balloons, at high noon, on April 11. The public is invited.
To mark this special day, Amon (a.k.a. “The Cod Father”) is generously donating the day’s proceeds to the Market Foundation, to fund the Market’s Clinic, Senior Center, Food Bank and Preschool. Marlys Erickson, Foundation executive director, says Amon is as much of an icon in the Market and the Market is an icon of Seattle. His dad, Jack Amon, came to the Market in 1911 and ‘Solly’ has been here ever since. (Fish is so much a part of him his name is similar to salmon.)
Travel & Outdoors: Thursday, December 27, 1990
The most recognized physiognomy in metropolitan Seattle may not belong to Jean Enersen, Mike James, Wayne Cody or Mayor Norm Rice. That honor, if an honor it is, could belong to a tall, angular, gray-haired, slightly bald Seattle native named Sol Amon.
``Who?'' you ask.
The one and only - Sol Amon, a Sephardic Jew of Turkish descent, who is known and recognized all over the world. He has appeared on many local TV shows and some national ones, featuring Charles Kuralt and Willard Scott, the ``Today'' show's bumptious weatherman.