July 2012 – July 2014
Great Chefs, Great Food, Great Fishing, Spectacular Setting – What could be better!
Talon Lodge continues the quest to bring extraordinary cuisine to Southeast Alaska.
The Talon Lodge Visiting Chef Series is fast becoming one of the most sought after events in the Alaska summer fishing season. When you match the world’s greatest chefs with one of the most spectacular locations in Alaska, the pairing is perfect.
During this special series, our limited group of 16 guests are treated to two specially prepared meal from our visiting chef in a casual, fun and relaxing environment. It’s a time for great food and memories that will last for a lifetime.
For the fourth year, Talon has invited four of the world’s greatest chefs to share their talents with our Talon Lodge guests.
Each package includes:
- Two exclusive dinners prepared by our visiting chef
- Alaska’s best salmon and halibut fishing
- All at our spectacular private island setting
Package is limited to parties of 4 or more with a maximum of 16 guests per package date.
John Ash was selected by Food and Wine magazine as one of America’s “Hot New Chefs” three decades ago, and he continues to have critical acclaim more than 28 years later. Voted the 2008 “Cooking School Teacher of the Year” by the International Association of Culinary Professionals, John is nationally renowned as a wine and food educator. John has served for many years as the Culinary Director of Fetzer and Bonterra Vineyards. He is the chair of a new program there for home cooks called The Sophisticated Palate.
John travels widely and enjoys teaching both home and professional cooks. The author of three books, John’s latest, “John Ash Cooking One-on-One: Private Lessons in Simple Contemporary Food from a Master Teacher,” won the 2005 James Beard award. His first book, “From the Earth to the Table: John Ash’s Wine Country Cuisine and American Game Cooking,” was awarded the IACP awards for Best American Cookbook and the Julia Child Cookbook of the Year. In 2007 a revised and updated version of this book was released titled “From the Earth to the Table.” John’s writing can be found periodically in the Los Angeles Times/Tribune Syndicate as well as publications such asEatingWell and Fine Cooking magazines.
Featured for two years on the Food Network and for the past 21 years he can be heard co-hosting a live food and wine radio talk show on KRSO in northern California. John is a passionate voice for the sustainable food movement and serves on a board of chefs who support ethical agriculture.
John offers three hands-on culinary experiences, 3.5 hours each, during which you will enjoy preparing your own meal along with fellow cooks. An additional class will be added depending upon demand. Classes take place at La Cocina Que Canta, our new culinary center. You also will have the opportunity to harvest produce you use from our organic garden, Tres Estrellas.
For more information and registration, please click here.
For this hands-on class students will work with Chef Ash using four different birds to prepare seven dishes for a great poultry feast. Many of these recipes come from John’s just released book: Culinary Birds: The Ultimate Poultry Cookbook.
- Deep Fried Quail with Dried Fruit Chutney
- Chicken Livers and Bacon with Ginger Cream Sauce
- Vietnamese Chicken Salad
- Turkey Picadillo Tacos
- Turkey Tetrazzini
- Crispy Duck Rolls with Dipping Sauce
- Roast Duck Breast with Grapefruit
Spend some quality time with one of the country’s finest culinary teachers, John Ash, and savor a delicious meal in the process. John will lead you on a fabulous hands-on culinary experience with show-stopping recipes and wine pairings from his James Beard and IACP award winning culinary career. This is definitely an evening you won’t want to miss!
Join Sur La Table for a remarkable journey through the birthplace of California wine and home of world-class artisan cuisine. Just 45 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge is Sonoma County, the closest wine region to San Francisco. Nestled between the Mayacama and Sonoma Mountains, the Valley is composed of serene vineyard vistas, a lush patchwork of farms, and 13,000 acres of scenic parks. In the center is the charming shade tree-filled 8-acre historic Sonoma Plaza, bordered by adobe buildings. Amidst the rustic surroundings, sumptuous wine country and magnificent coastline, you’ll tour award-winning wineries, take an exclusive cooking class, enjoy a baking lesson, learn about sustainability at a top-ranking farm, and taste the finest wine, artisanal cheese and award-winning olive oil.
Learn to cook all types of poultry on the grill in this hands-on workshop with Master Chef John Ash, author of the recently published Culinary Birds. You will become an expert in grilling everything from little quail and game hens to chicken thighs, breasts and ground turkey on skewers. Marinades, rubs and sauces will all be covered in this class which includes several accompaniments.
- Grilled Turkey Kaftas with Tzatziki
- Glazed Game Hens Grilled on a Cedar Plank
- Grilled Chicken Diavola with Caprese Rigatoni
- Vietnamese Lemongrass and Chili Marinated Grilled Chicken Served with Mint, Thai Basil, Peanuts and Jasmine Rice
- Grilled Quail Salad with Arugula, Radishes and Crushed Peas
This unique three-day tour includes private visits and tours with artisan producers combined with unique interactive food and wine experiences. Building on Relish’s close relationships with local producers, participants will meet the personalities and enjoy exclusive, behind-the-scenes activities not usually available to the public. Tour size is limited to a maximum of 14 participants and activities are hosted by Relish owner Donna del Rey or other experienced Relish representatives.
From touring an artisan creamery to VIP wine tastings to a hands-on cooking class with the inimitable chef John Ash, Relish Sonoma County leave participants with an authentic taste of wine country living and will provide a great starting point for deeper exploration of our amazing region.
The wonderful chef John Ash returns to the Relish Culinary Center for a wonderful hands-on class featuring recipes from his recently published and James Beard Award Winning cookbook Culinary Birds: The Ultimate Poultry Cookbook. From eggs to quail to duck, appetizers to salad to dessert, chef John will lead you as you create a mouth-watering menu, representing a wide variety of techniques. Participants will learn about the similarities and differences between the various “birds” as they create recipes that are great for everyday and entertaining. And, as an added benefit, the unique flavors in these recipes are sure to liven up your everyday chicken dinners. We’ll enjoy our poultry feast for dinner with local wines.
Celebrated Chef John Ash invites you partake in a global gourmet feast. Chef John demonstrates distinctive recipes with a narrative that connects the various dishes. He uses the grill to impart a unique essence for everything from grilled pizza to pineapple and he is ready to show you his tips and techniques.
- Grilled Pizza Margherita
- Grilled Wild Mushroom, Goat Cheese & Citrus Salad
- Grilled Marinated Flank Steak with Chipotle-Lime Sauce
- Grilled Brined Shrimp with Grilled Corn Salsa
- Grilled Pineapple with Rum-Lime Glaze & Ginger Custard Sauce
Heirloom Tomato Soup with Summer Relish
Watermelon, Fig and Feta Salad
Black Cod Hobo Packs with Prosciutto, Lemon, Tomatoes and Capers
Lemon Polenta Cake with Rosemary Syrup, Fresh Peaches and Raspberries