Talkeetna lodge chef instructs Anchorage cooking class

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge Chef Matt Zimny led a fundraising event on Feb. 15 for the Zonta Club of Anchorage, a local nonprofit organization that works to advance the status of women. “Zonta’s Accidental Gourmet” is a cooking class series hosted annually by the club featuring noted Alaskan chefs.

“Matt did an amazing job teaching his new students and received great feedback on his recipes, his teaching style and overall presence in the kitchen,” said Fernando Salvador, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge assistant general manager and food and beverage director.

The class offers aspiring household chefs a chance to improve their cooking skills, make new friends and learn new recipes. Chef Zimny chose the following four-course menu for the event:

Appetizer – Blini’s with smoked salmon and crème fraiche
Salad – the lodge’s house salad of caramelized walnuts, pears and gorgonzola cheese tossed with mixed greens in a citrus vinaigrette
Entrée – seared halibut over gnocchi in a sweet corn emulsion topped with a tomato compote
Dessert – Amoretti-crusted chocolate torte

Zimny started as chef of the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge in early January. Before that, he had been the sous chef at sister lodge Seward Windsong Lodge for six years.

The Zonta Club of Anchorage is a local chapter of Zonta International, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the status of women. Zonta International has more than 33,000 members in more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 68 countries and geographic areas.

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