7 Alaska Foodies You Should Know
This post written by Full Circle Alaska Sales Guru – Amber King
Up here in the last frontier, summer is upon us—the yards are finally clearing of snow (well at least in the Southeast), and everyone is preparing for salmon season, tourists, weddings, and family and friends coming for visits. Not to mention the plethora of summer festivals and events happening while our long daylight lasts.
If you’re looking for who you should be following, what and where you should be dining, foraging or collecting recipes, here a few notable home-grown food heroes you should know:
Alaska’s own Mediterranean mother we wish we all had, Laurie writes books on Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska. Her blog (listed by Saveur as best of the web) contains recipes, cooking tips and much more,is a great place to follow food around the globe and still bring it home to Alaska.
Alaskan native, CIA trained chef, and former Executive chef at ORSO and Alyeska Seven Glaciers Restaurant, Rob is an Alaskan locavore extraordinaire. You can see him in action on his webisodes at Fresh49.com or in person at the Sitka Seafood Festival August 10-11th in Sitka.
Author of Alaska Dispatch’s Alaska Gourmet Food Blog, Kirsten is an Alaskan chef with years of cooking in the backcountry. A great resource for authentic Alaska recipes, you can also find out where you should be eating in Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest city.
Chef of Crush Wine Bistro, Christopher Vane is fresh off his recent victory at the Great Alaska Seafood Cookoff. We’ll be seeing him soon on the Food Network in New Orleans this August at the Great American Seafood Cook Off representing Alaska.
Juneau’s local foodie blog written by the brother sister duo of Patrice and Leo Helmar, The Fantastic Mr. Feedbag writes local restaurant reviews, posts recipes of great local and vegetarian dishes and recipes of local foods from Southeast. My favorite recipe is Frangelico Hazelnut Ice Cream… my kind of summer treat!
Executive Chef at Kincaid Grill and host of “What’s Cookin” on local KTUU-TV, Al Livinsohn is a highly decorated chef. If you’ve been in Alaska for any length of time you’ll know the name Chef Al, sample his fares at the Grill and enjoy a meal from a true culinary professional Chef Rotisseur Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs. Be sure to try the Cioppino!
Executive Chef at Marx Brothers Café – sure, you can try and get a reservation in this 46 seat restaurant, but if you didn’t plan ahead there’s now MUSE at the Anchorage Museum.
What Alaska foodies are you following? Let us know in the comments below.