Livability: How this state became an unexpected foodie destination

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “Alaskan food”?

If you think reindeer hot dogs and “Deadliest Catch,” you’re not alone. But over the past few years, the Last Frontier has shifted away from its bush-life vibe and is developing a new, perhaps surprising reputation: as an emerging foodie destination.

From fresh salmon burgers with chipotle blueberry sauce to spruce tips ice cream or reindeer pate, Alaska’s food scene is among the country’s most delicious examples of locally sourced ingredients reimagined by creative chefs.

Locally-sourced ingredients

While “eat local” has become an empty buzzword in many parts of the country, in Alaska, creative cooking with local ingredients is a longstanding tradition rooted in two simple factors: necessity and community.

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