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Views from Seven Glaciers Restaurant are superb, as is the cuisine, so when you add fantastic wines from Kenwood Vineyards the result is a trifecta that is certain to create a memorable evening.

Seven Glaciers is the premiere restaurant at the Alyeska Resort, located just south of Anchorage in the skiing mecca of Girdwood. A tram whisks diners to the top of the mountain where a well known restaurant myth is shattered — here the quality of the dining experience is NOT inversely proportional to the view.

The next Seven Glaciers wine dinner will be held February 27, 2011. It features Kenwood Vineyards along with their fantastic Jack London collection, with wines paired with a special tasting menu prepared by Seven Glaciers Executive Chef Jason Porter.

Kenwood Vineyards creates wines from the very best vineyards in Sonoma County and they are also the exclusive producer of wines from the lava-terraced vineyards of the historic Jack London Ranch. Award-winning wines from these vineyards, first planted in the late 1800’s, have a unique character. It is quite fitting that Jack London’s wolf head bookplate logo graces the label of these fine wines — and these wines will be perfect for a wine dinner in Alaska.


February 27, 2011, 7:00 PM

Crab Cake
Lime Cream, Cilantro Pesto
Valley of the Moon, Pinot Blanc, 2009 (more…)


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If you detect the scent of smoke near Indian along the Seward Highway this season, don’t dial 911. Instead, slow down and watch for the red-roofed building near Mile 103. That’s where you’ll find the Turnagain Arm Pit BBQ, one of Alaska’s newest roadside eateries.

Depending on your sense of humor, the “Arm Pit” portion of the name may be either amusing or off-putting. If you fall into the second group, it may help to reframe it. Think of the Arm Pit as a casual spot for some smoky pit-style barbecue, in a scenic location along the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet. I’ll wager the Arm Pit has the best view of any BBQ shop in Alaska or the Lower 48.  During nice weather, you can enjoy your meal on the large, outside deck, taking in the views of the Chugach Mountains behind the shop and the vista of the Kenai range across the inlet.

View from the deck, the Kenai Mountains across the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet

I’d heard the Arm Pit BBQ described as Texas style, so I walked in with preconceived expectations about the menu. One glance dispelled Texas as the point of origin for the restaurant. Nary a beef rib to be found, and a Texas BBQ joint would not have pulled pork featured at the top of the menu. Giving top billing to pork is no longer considered a hanging offense in Texas, but the Arm Pit’s signature item would raise eyebrows in Longhorn country. The “Boar Tide” is a pulled pork sandwich (more…)

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