Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge launches interactive culinary program

CIRI130021 Recipe CardOvernight guests at the newly renovated Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge on Alaska’s remote Fox Island will have the opportunity to not only enjoy the local wild salmon on their plate, but also learn how to prepare the salmon belly.

In an interactive cooking class, lodge chefs will teach guests about wild Alaska seafood, specifically the five types of salmon caught in Alaska, and preparation methods. In under an hour, guests will learn the basics of handling and cooking the salmon bellies, an often discarded, yet very flavorful part of the fish. Complimentary aprons and recipe cards are available for guests to use and take home with them, where they can put their skills to work in their own kitchens.

The 3,300-square-foot main lodge, which opened this past summer, features a hands-on demonstration area in the kitchen. Chefs tested the program in the new kitchen, and took guest feedback to design the complimentary culinary class that will be introduced when the lodge reopens on May 31, 2014.

“Wild Alaska salmon – catching it, preparing it and eating it – is a big part of the Alaska experience,” said CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation Director of Marketing Dee Buchanon. “Our chefs are able to share so much about Alaska and our way of life just by teaching guests about our seafood.”