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“Awareness and Accessibility of Alaska’s food supply.”

Chef Rob and Carolyn Kinneen started Fresh49.com to showcase Alaska’s food bounty. Utilizing Rob’s contemporary Chef training and Carolyn’s logistical and media skills, they develop webisodes exploring Alaskan and local food identity, create events featuring local cuisine and work with companies on food development and brand messaging. They have an Alaskan sauce line launching in Summer of 2012 and are working on a documentary exploring Alaskan regional cuisine and Alaska Native identity. Rob and Carolyn have a daughter, Sylvie who often accompanies them on their adventures.

Rob has been a featured speaker at events including TEDxAnchorage 2012, Alaska Week at UMASS Amherst and the 2011 National Indian Health Board Conference. He represented the State in the 2008 Great American Seafood Cookoff in New Orleans, LA and has contributed to cookbooks “Pacific Feast” by Jennifer Hahn and “Wild Alaskan Seafood” by James Fraioli.

Born in Petersburg, AK Rob is of Tlingit heritage (Alaskan Native). Working in the industry since the age of 14, he attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. After graduation he worked at several prestigious restaurants including NOLA in New Orleans, Pop’s Trattoria and Elaine’s on Franklin in North Carolina. During this time he established his philosophies of sourcing product locally and seasonally. Returning to Alaska, he established a reputation for his loyalty to Alaskan product and community involvement as Chef of the Seven Glaciers restaurant at the Alyeska Resort, Chef/Owner of Noble’s Diner, as Chef de Cuisine at the Crow’s Nest and as Executive Chef of Orso.


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Wine Resolutions 2014

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This year I decided my resolution should be to explore more wine options and expand my wine knowledge base.  Hard resolution to follow, right?
I felt I needed to do some homework to actively make this happen, or I would just fall into my normal wine patterns.  I couldn’t just do this on my own though, I asked Chad Culley, one of the owners of Crush Wine Bistro and the Cellar in Anchorage to start my wine exploration off right.

This audio clip explores some of these new wines I’ll be adding to the wine rack.  Chad’s given me four delicious wines and suggests some vintages that we all might want to try going into 2014.

Besides the easy task of just “tasting a lot of wine,” Chad also recommends some great wine books to expand my wine knowledge base.  His top four favorites?  “Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France” by Kermit Lynch.  He considers this to be one of the best wine books ever written. He’s not alone as it’s being widely celebrated on it’s 25th anniversary and will be my first read.  Next, for folks who need a basic book or a refresher course, “The Dummies Guide to Wine” which Chad suggested reading cover to cover. The newest book on his list is  “The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste” by Jon Bonne.   He got this one for Christmas and it’s become a favorite.  He’s been captivated reading about the new generation in California wine growers, their culture and the wines they are producing.  Finally, “Naked Wine: Letting Grapes Do What Comes Naturally” by Alice Feiring rounds out list.  “Naked Wine” explores one woman’s quest to learn and produce organic wines and along the way.

Looks like 2014 is starting out right.  Cheers!

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