Alaska's culinary talent took center stage at the 27th Annual Celebrity Chef Invitational, hosted by University of Alaska Anchorage’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program at UAA’s Lucy Cuddy Hall Nov. 3.

The black-tie event featured a five-course dinner created with an array of locally grown and harvested ingredients. Celebrity Chef Kevin Lane from The Cookery and The Lone Chicharrón Taqueria in Seward, Alaska, guided a team of local student, faculty, and volunteer chefs prepare a meal of excellence, including champagne and hors d’ oeuvres, dinner with wine pairings by guest sommelier Michelle Smith, and a tasty dessert incorporating seasonal ingredients.

The menu starred Jakolof Bay oysters and mushroom toast, beet asada tacos, oyster caesar salad, autumnal chicken, and spice cake with squash ice cream — a delicious sampling of Anchorage’s elevated local cuisine.

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