Last night I was invited to the 2012 Alaska Seafood Cook-off.
Prior to the invitation, I had never heard about this event, but I was excited to find out what it was all about!
After work, Craig and I arrived at the train depot in downtown Anchorage to take a little train ride before the cook-off event.
We felt very important to be invited to such an event attended by the mayor, lieutenant governor, a former governor, other politicians, and several other prestigious people.
I was excited for this event too.
Complimentary drinks were provided on the train. Craig had to showcase the Alaska Railroad symbol since a good friend of ours used to work for them.
The train took us through Anchorage. . . . .
past Potter’s Marsh. . . .
and down Turnagain Arm.
I was not the only person taking endless pictures throughout the evening, so I didn’t feel quite so nerdy.
It was a nearly-clear day with lots of sun.
After our 90-minute train ride, we arrived at the airport where our event would be held.
Inside the chefs were getting ready for the cook-off.
Six chefs competed in a cook-off where they had to use their skills to showcase Alaskan seafood at its finest. A panel of judges then voted for their favorite and the respective chef would move on to the national event.
We ate while the chefs prepared their entrees.
I was starving by the time we got off the train, so I was more than ready to dig into the appetizers that awaited us.
The appetizers were heavy on the meats—only one platter of vegetables—so my healthy eating took a back burner for the evening.
Everything was very delicious though.
It was so much fun to attend this event and be able to partake in something so unique to Alaska.