How It All Began

It began with indigenous people who lived on caribou, small mammals, whale, seal, walrus, bear, arctic hare, salmon, shellfish, birds, wild plants and berries, whatever they could gather or catch.

In the 18th c., Europeans, largely Russians, relied on these foods, but added goods brought from abroad in barrels, including beans, wheat, sugar, dried apples, as well as canned or salted meats. Prospectors coming up from the south in the late 1890’s introduced sourdough starter, and planted potatoes near their mines and cabins.

Today, as in most places, the traditional thrives alongside the introduced cuisines of people from all over who have made Alaska their home.

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