Chef Dixon serves all-Alaska meal

 

The University of Alaska Anchorage Culinary Arts Department hosted the 20th annual Celebrity Chef Invitational Sept. 19 at the Lucy Cuddy Hall.

This year, for the first time, an Alaska chef — Chef Kirsten Dixon — created the menu featuring all Alaska ingredients. Ten UAA Culinary Arts graduates assisted current students in preparing the menu. For the past 20 years, the event has been used to benefit the school’s scholarship program. 

Dixon, her husband Carl, and daughters Mandy and Carly are the owners of Within the Wild Adventure Co. The company owns the Winterlake Lodge, Redoubt Bay Lodge, Rustic Wild, the Tutka Bay Lodge and Cooking School at Tutka Bay, a home goods boutique and La Baleine Café in Homer. 

Dixon has been cooking in the Alaska backcountry for more than 20 years with culinary degrees from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and Adelaide University in Australia. She’s studied and cooked around the world, and an updated version of her second cookbook — “The Winterlake Lodge Cookbook” — is due out this month.

Dixon’s menu featured silver salmon, king crab, wild mushrooms, Kachemak Bay oysters, Alaska vegetables, beef tenderloin and a cheesecake with wild raspberry sauce.

The event raised more than $40,000 for the scholarship program, boosted by a $20,000 donation from the Cuddy family.

 

More in News

Surgeon general tours Dena’ina Wellness Center as part of statewide tour

The federal official tasked with providing health advice to the nation last… Continue reading

Kachemak Bay Campus Director Carol Swartz, left, speaks June 8, 2018, at the opening of the 2018 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference at Land’s End Resort in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Kachemak Bay Campus director set to retire

Carol Swartz, director of Kachemak Bay Campus, will retire from the University… Continue reading

A spawning chum salmon looks to return to the waters of Salmon Creek on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Supreme Court approves Stand for Salmon ballot initiative

The Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday approved the Stand for Salmon ballot initiative for this fall’s elections, but not before deleting some provisions that violate the Alaska Constitution.

Seabird die-offs may be connected to warming ocean

ANCHORAGE — Federal wildlife officials are documenting a die-off of Alaska seabirds… Continue reading

Dorothy Drive easement petition pulled

Dorothy Drive landowners pulled their petition to vacate the last 2,000 feet… Continue reading

State agency seizes political campaign signs in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Alaska Department of Transportation seized several political campaign… Continue reading

Cox takes second run for District 31 rep

In a second run at the Republican Party nomination for the Alaska… Continue reading

Henry “Hank” Kroll, candidate for the Republican Party nomination, District 31 Representative. (Photo provided)
Kroll: Lifelong Alaskan brings sourdough perspective to race

If the mold got broken making a classic Republican Alaska politician like… Continue reading

Most Read