Not only are they gluten-free, but they have no wheat. The bread of Mochileros is made from corn, and topped with unique Guatemalan inspired recipes, with a little American twist, because the owners are Guatemalan Ana Pleitez and American Whit Parker. Mochileros, open Tuesdays 11am – 8pm, is Spanish for “backpackers” in honor of the adventures in backpacking to be enjoyed here in the Anchorage area. Also, I’m sure it’s not coincidental that you don’t need a fork to eat their food. This is number 2, of 6 local chefs, having grand openings at the Gathering AK Café, adjacent to the Anchorage re:MADE store on Old Seward Highway, south of Huffman. You can see photos and their menus on the Facebook: Gathering AK Café.
You’re not always going to be able to find some good, gluten-free pizza at the Gathering AK Café, next to the store for Anchorage re:MADE, so enjoy the grand opening, and get to know them better. Good Little Bakery is the establishment opened by Shimei Goode, local chef and entrepreneur, as part of the Guest Chef program offered through Anchorage re:MADE classes. Information and applications are available at anchorageremade.com and gatheringakcafe.com. Good Little Bakery is open from 11am to 5pm on Mondays, and host to a variety of handmade baked good items that offers gluten-free options. To see the menu and photographs of the food visit Gathering AK Café on Facebook.
Frank’s Bar-B-Que has brisket on the menu this coming Friday to celebrate the grand opening of the individual businesses in the guest chef program at Anchorage re:MADE. Every day is a different menu cooked by different chefs in the kitchen and served at The Gathering Café that is adjacent to Anchorage re:MADE store located on Old Seward Highway, south of Huffman. If you haven’t made lunch plans this week, you may want to Google maps Anchorage re:MADE. To see a more through listing, menus, and photographs of the food, check out Gathering AK Café on Facebook.
Gathering AK Café is having a grand opening April 15-20, showcasing 6 local “guest chefs”, that have a passion for food and a strong desire to start a small business. Depending on the day you go to the Café, Filipino food, barbecue, baked goods with gluten-free options, and more, are on the menu, and in the refrigerator. Anchorage re:MADE is repurposing the café and commercial kitchen at their building on the Old Seward Highway, to help local entrepreneurs fulfill their dreams. Frank’s Barbeque grand open is Friday, April 19th, 11-8, but he’s already been open for a few weeks now. Frank has seen an increase in his customers. The idea is for the business not to remain at Gathering AK Café but to become a viable business with its own location. So each store can move closer to your part of town, depending on interest. According to Annette Buist, Anchorage re:MADE volunteer, “this is like the apartment you get, before the house that you buy.” Being able to be a guest chef in the Café comes after participation in a small business class that Anchorage re:MADE offers. The brain-child of Patti Buist, this is the first event that Anchorage re:MADE has organized with cooking. Application for the “Dreamers” classes are available online, to reduce paper use, and classes may eventually be offered online. Monday through Saturday, at 13500 Old Seward Highway, south of Huffman, the hours vary slightly from chef to chef. You can see a schedule at gatherak.com and check out the event on Facebook: Gathering AK Café. Other classes and opportunities available at www.anchorageREMADE.com.
If you’re interested in learning more about Japanese culture, or if you want to learn how to speak Japanese, today was the 16th annual Nihongo contest. The University of Alaska Anchorage was host to an exhibition of the cultural diversity of a “welcoming community”. The centerpiece for today’s event were scheduled competitions between students in the areas of skit presentation, songs, poetry, all presentations in Japanese. Some of the final trophies presented at the closing ceremonies, were gifts from the three sister cities to Anchorage.
If you’re interested in attending next year, Nihongo contest is held annually, at the end of March.
To learn more about Japanese language programs, check out the website for the Consular Office of Japan, http://www.anchorage.us.emb-japan.go.jp or find them on Facebook- JapanConsAk.
In the south part of Anchorage, the Anchorage Chamber Of Commerce joined with Florcraft celebrated ithe store’s relocation to Dimond Blvd. Owner and Chief Operations Officer, Evan Hall, welcomed people in to show off the unique way the store allows customers to experience the flooring before they purchase it. Patrick Copell, a 17 year employee, is excited for the changes, and values “the hard work and effort” everyone invests in the business to make it better. FLORCRAFT Carpet One is now located at 1920 W. Dimond Blvd., close to Minnesota. I love the giant scissors the Anchorage Chamber has. Check out other ribbon cutting events at anchoragechamber.org
FLORCRAFT is giving chances to win 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles at the upcoming Alaska Home Show April 12-14, and at their Grand Opening at the store May 25-27.
True to the Alaskan experience, it was snowing in the morning hours before the ribbon cutting at the new Raising Cane‘s Chicken Fingers restaurant that has opened at the Tikahtnu Commons, today. People arrived as early as 6:30 AM, to be one of the first hundred people in the store to receive a free T-shirt with their first purchase. There were chances to win items like lanyards and sunglasses, on a spinning wheel-of-fortune, and a raffle to be one of 20 people to receive raising canes chicken fingers once a week for a year. There were also donations presented to Alaska Food Bank and Bartlett High School on behalf of Raising Cane‘s, to express their level of commitment to do good in the community. The crowd got happier when the store opened 10 minutes minutes early because they finished their ceremony early, and decided to let the people in, instead of making them wait in the cold.
Drive-through coffee is an Alaskan innovation that has rocked the US nation. Bringing new heights of coffee enjoyment, by introducing cold brew and many other great espresso drinks, while providing great customer service, has definitely earned Caffé D’arte the honor of being one of the top businesses in the country in 2018. Owned and operated by Lori Brewer and Bob Brewer.
Now, Caffe D’arte has opened a shop in the “N” concourse at the Seattle-Tacoma, Washington airport. So, after you get off the red-eye flight from Anchorage to Seattle, you can stop in at a local coffee shop with a reputation for providing very good coffee, and, support a good Alaskan business. Caffé D’arte in Washington is a opportunity to show the many world travelers just what Alaskan entrepreneurship can deliver. Right now, Caffé D’arte is having a contest on Facebook. If you take a selfie in front of the Caffé D’arte stand there in Seattle, and post it on the Facebook page, you could be eligible to win one of a number of gift cards, totaling $200.
Another new item that Caffé D’arte is offering, white coffee. It is a more intense coffee experience with a different flavor, and a free workshop about white coffee is available on March 29th. To reserve a space, call 907-333-3626.
Would you believe that one of today’s new blossoming be to refranchises was once written off as a failure? It’s a good thing that Todd Graves didn’t listen to his business instructor’s criticism of the business plan, for what would become Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. Named after Todd’s dog. That wasn’t the only discouragement that Todd had faced back at the beginning, but he didn’t let it stop him. It was because of determination that we have Raising Cane‘s opening up here, next Tuesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and prizes. The company’s brand embraces principles of determination, entrepreneurship, hard work, having fun at work, and giving back to your community. Which is more than just talk when, last week, company executives donated their time at Bean‘s Café. Raising Cane’s is also collecting food for the Alaska food bank and Bartlett high school. They are also sponsoring the Lemonade Day program, which imparts entrepreneurial opportunity to anyone. If you have time Tuesday March 19th, come see who this company is, and get your love on.
Inside the gym at East High School Team Ketchikan is challenging Team May-Su at floor hockey, sponsored by ESPN. People who lined the balconies over the Dimond Center ice-skating rink cheered on the skaters as they finish their performances. If you love the joys of the Olympics, you will enjoy the Special Olympic events that are in Anchorage this weekend. Sunday is the final day to check out the sporting events of the Special Olympics that honors the special people and the joy that they receive, and give, as they participate in their sports. These Olympians work hard to train for these events, and they are supported by talented people who give up themselves like certified Special Olympics coach Anna Durham,. To see the sports that remain and their times, and the time for the closing ceremonies on Sunday the 10th, tomorrow, go to http://www.specialolympicsalaska.org