Food & Drink

Denali Park's Laura Cole of 229 Parks and Juneau's Beau Schooler of The Rookery Cafe are heading to New York City in April to cook at the prestigious James Beard House.

Suzanna Caldwell
Dining out isn’t always the best option on Valentine's Day. It doesn’t mean, though, that we have to find ourselves bereft of a wonderful meal or making something fussy. Kim Sunée
The secret to getting the cookies so big and soft is the sour cream in the dough. They almost melt in your mouth. Maya Wilson
The menu is a nostalgic representation of old-school Italian cookery -- nothing reinvented or deconstructed here. Creamy pastas, a whole section devoted to scampi and red meat are all represented. It’s a pretty impressive menu right down to the impressive prices. Mara Severin
For those who want to put an Alaska twist on any Valentine’s Day plans – there are plenty of options at the local stores and markets.Steve Edwards

It’s not every day that the executive chef of South Restaurant + Coffeehouse finds himself under the instruction of another chef in his own kitchen.

Tara Young,Suzanna Caldwell
South Restaurant + Coffeehouse is trying something different with a new chef stopping by once a month to cook shoulder to shoulder with the restaurant's executive chef.Suzanna Caldwell
This chorizo and red lentil soup is thick, meaty and full of deep, spicy flavor.Maya Wilson
 You generally won’t see anyone run away from a dozen Toll House cookies, unless they’re trying to lose weight. In that case, go with flowers. Donna Freedman
The most eye-catching items I saw in the round of art openings on Feb. 5 were not new. Mike Dunham