Ships Ahoy! The Idaho Potato Commission and Mr. Food Salute the Sailors Aboard the USS Ross with All American Breakfast

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Mr. Food's Breakfast Potato Boat Vignette Airs 28

EAGLE, ID, June 24, 2011— The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) and television icon Mr. Food recently teamed up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. to treat the brave men and women aboard the USS Ross to a special Idaho® Potato Boat Breakfast Buffet.

Set-up on the bow of the ship, the Buffet featured baked Idaho® potato “boats” and a selection of delectable toppings like scrambled eggs, salsa, crispy bacon, sliced sausage, mushrooms and Cheddar cheese. The Mr. Food film crew captured footage of the two hundred and fifty sailors enjoying their al fresco breakfast and mingling with the Idaho Potato Commission’s mascot, Spuddy Buddy.

“It was an honor to be able to thank the troops for their service and the sacrifices they make for each and every one of us,” said Frank Muir, President & CEO, IPC. “We’re extremely proud of the men and women who fight for our freedom, and we couldn’t think of a better way to honor them than with a hearty breakfast made with America’s favorite potato!”

Spuddy Buddy and Idaho Potato Commissioner and grower Mark Coombs were part of the breakfast festivities.


Each sailor received their own Spuddy Buddy doll and "Powered by Idaho®" t-shirt.

The Breakfast Potato Boats were a hit with all the sailors.

The Breakfast Potato Boats were a hit with all the sailors.

Additional photos from the event can be found on the Famous Idaho® Potatoes Facebook page,

Mr. Food’s special “Salute the Troops” vignette is scheduled to air on June 28. To find out what time it airs in your area and to get the recipe for Breakfast Potato Boats, visit

About the Idaho Potato Commission
The Idaho Potato Commission is a state agency that is primarily responsible for expanding the markets for Idaho-grown potatoes through advertising, promotion and research. The Commission also protects the use of the "Idaho® potato" and "Grown in Idaho®" seals, which are federally registered Certification Marks that belong to the IPC.  These Marks ensure that consumers are purchasing potatoes that have been grown in the state of Idaho. For more information, visit