Food ‘Revival’ features Alaska seafood, poetry

Nationally acclaimed LongHouse Food Revival comes to Alaska on July 13 for a one-night-only celebration of Alaska food and poetry. 

The event, which will take place at the Tutka Bay Lodge, will highlight Alaska seafood along with poetry readings by Carolyn Forché and Erin Fristad. The evening is hosted by food writer and LongHouse Food Revival founder Molly O’Neill, NPR’s Here & Now “resident chef” Kathy Gunst and Tutka Bay Lodge founder and cookbook author Chef Kirsten Dixon. 

The event will be from 5-9 p.m. Tickets are $125, which includes a water taxi to Tutka Bay Lodge from Homer and back again, wine, dinner and the poetry reading. Tickets are available at

“Based on the 19th century American Chautauqua movement, LongHouse Food Revivals are a series of annual gatherings of thought leaders across the United States,” according to a press release. “The Revivals are designed to stretch the boundaries of how food stories are told, raise the bar on the nation’s food news agenda and, most of all, foster the community between generations, regions, cultures and media platforms that support innovative work of the highest quality. No two Revivals are alike. All are serious fun.” 

This Revival is designed to bring together food and poetry lovers of all stripes, according to the release. Chef Dixon (winner “Best Female Chef USA” by Gourmand International Cookbook Awards) has designed a menu demonstrating the bounty and diversity of Alaska seafood. Dishes include a house-smoked and grilled wild Alaska red salmon, grilled Kachemak Bay oysters, Alaska seafood paella with grilled clams,whole roasted Alaska halibut, Alaska king crab and more. 

“LongHouse Food Revival is known for combining great food with fun and engaging content from thought leaders from across the country,” according to a press release.

During dinner, guests will have the chance to take in original poetry readings from Forché (a Guggenheim Fellow; the Lannan Chair in Poetry at Georgetown University; and a contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Esquire and more) as well as widely published fisher poet and performer Erin Fristad (lead subject of the 2005 film Fisher Poets and regular contributor to the Fisher Poet Gathering).