Through the large white flakes falling from the sky, you can see the sign. the red and yellow letters, along side old Seward Highway. Frank Canha is certainly learning a lot from experiences with the Guest Chef program available at Anchorage re:MADE. Another sign, over the door to the café, leads you into the dining room, where red and yellow balloons float above the tables. In the corner stands a table arranged with delicious dessert treats, and a keg of root beer, chilled and ready to go. Frank and his coworker, Dinna Domdom, sport matching baseball cap and polo shirt, emblazoned with Frank’s Bat-B-Que logo. All of these elements, with their interconnected subtleties, is part of what it takes to have a business. Of course, the center being the food. And that’s what Frank and Dinna are focused on today. Frank’s barbecue does have an online website, at franksbarbque.com you can see the menu and photos of the food.
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Care to take an afternoon tea? The dining room the Gathering AK Café is transformed into a delightful tea room. Unique vases holding delicate flowers, are the centerpiece for the pretty pink, and lace tablecloths that complement the teas, soups, and sandwiches at Gigi’s Tea Shop. For today’s grand opening: a turkey sandwich, and a chicken salad on a croissant, each served with kettle chips. Her menu does vary, Filipino food does appear on her menu, “… she considers it a couple of days in advance.” says Jeanne McQueary, volunteer for Anchorage re:MADE, the non-profit organization hosting the “guest chefs” at the Café. Gigi’s Tea Shop is open every Thursday, from noon until 8pm. One can enjoy a pot of tea from prepackaged teas, or her specially blended teas. Their is a display of specially blended teas in resealable packages, with memorable flavors like “Honeydew You” and “Machu Peach-u.”. To go with the tea, handmade sweets like biscottis, cupcakes, cookies. For those who need dietary restrictions, such as gluten-free, Gigi’s menu has accommodations. Gigi’s has been open since January. See her menu on Facebook at Gathering AK Café.
Every time a plate of Cuban sandwiches was brought out to a table, people happily shared it with those around them. Today’s grand opening of the restaurant, Cuban Bred, is all about sharing good food, and being with family and friends. A Cuban style sandwich and “hamburger” made with ham, chorizo and other delicious ingredients, served with banana chips. Handmade desserts are available and unique sodas brought from Cuba. Cuban Bred is one of the 6 local chefs that have joined a program with Anchorage re:MADE, a local recycling hub. Not only do they beautifully remake donated items with volunteer, expert care, but with their newest class, Guest Chef, people’s lives can be remade to follow their dreams. For more information about their offerings, go to www.anchorageREMADE.com. Come meet the Brown family at Cuban Bred, open every Wednesday from 11 to 5, at the Gathering AK Café, 13500 Old Seward Hwy., south of Huffman.
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.