Anchorage Celebrates Mardi Gras Early

A Taste of Mardi Gras, a fundraiser for the Red Cross, promises authentic Cajun cuisine and live music By: Skye Mayring
 Anchorage’s Taste of Mardi Gras event will feature Cajun delicacies, including seafood gumbo. // © 2011 Taste of Mardi Gras
 Anchorage’s Taste of Mardi Gras event will feature Cajun delicacies, including seafood gumbo. // © 2011 Taste of Mardi Gras

The Details

Taste of Mardi Gras

On Sept. 9, downtown Anchorage will be letting the good times roll with the 7th Annual Taste of Mardi Gras, a Mardi Gras-themed street party on 4th Avenue, between G and H streets. The Taste of Mardi Gras event is Anchorage’s only street party recreating Bourbon Street, featuring authentic Cajun cuisine from local chefs, live music and street performers.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the event, and proceeds go to the American Red Cross of Alaska. Visitors will be treated to a Cajun-style feast, a drink ticket for beer or wine, live music from H3 and Zydecohos and given access to all participating venues including Anchor Pub & Club, Gaslight Lounge and the Pioneer Bar.

Participating Chefs and Their Cajun Specialties

• Chef Al Levinsohn, Bridge Seafood & Catering
Creole shrimp gumbolaya and white cheddar grits

• Chef Gary Murphy Jr., Crow’s Nest
Chicken and Linguica sausage gumbo

• Chef Guy Conley, Ginger

• Chefs Mike Jones and Kyle Goodell, Glacier Brewhouse

• Chef Roberto Del Real, Gumbo House
Red Beans and Rice

• Chef Brett Knipmeyer, Kinley’s
Chicken and sausage gumbo

• Chef Aaron Keller, Orso
Bourbon Pecan Bars

• Chef Sara Spudowski, Sugarspoon
King’s cupcakes

• Chefs Jeff Lakomski and Eric Dubey, Thirty-Six Bistro
Bread Pudding

Taste of Mardi Gras was born in 2005 during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina at which time more than 350 American Red Cross of Alaska volunteers were deployed to the devastated Gulf Coast. To further assist with the massive relief effort, Alaskans donated more than $1 million.

Honoring the rich tradition of Cajun style cuisine, several of Alaska’s top chefs came together to throw New Orleans-style event to help their southern neighbors. In the course of just a few weeks, a successful party was planned which, in turn, raised more than $80,000 to support relief efforts.     

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