Last night Curt and I were invited to the "Honoring Our Governors Evening" at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage. It was part of the Alaska's 50th Anniversary of Statehood numerous events that started a year before the actual Statehood's Anniversary which will be held on Jan. 3rd, 2009. Anyway it was a beautiful evening. Very low in the amount of speeches and very big in the quality of entertainment ( Paul Avedisian, Bryan Chadina and James Anest sang arias from different Operas and Parris Lane sang "America the Beautiful" She was amazing). The ballroom was decorated like a fairyland room with silk tablecloths and high bronze metal centerpieces garnished with tiger orchids and corkscrew willow cascading over each table. It was enchanting. Two big screen TVs were showing snap shots of the years gone by. So for $375 per person!!!! the menu was very nice and matching the classy environment
Appetizer of Alaska King Crab Spring Roll
Salad of Bacon Cucumber and Hazelnut and Gorgonzola
Entree of a Duo of Bison (braised short rib, grilled tenderloin, potato gratin and black truffle jus)
Dessert of Blueberry Chocolate Mousse Bombe (blackberry/raspberry reduction and 14 carat gold dust)
It was quite an evening. The governors being present were Governor Stepovich, Governor Hickel (Owner of the Captain Cook Hotel), Governor Miller, Governor Sheffield, Governor Cooper, Governor Knoles (my favorite) and finally Governor Palin (Sarah Barracuda)
Tote being one of the sponsors we were sitting with collegues and clients of Curt that we enjoy spending time with so that added to the fun of the evening.