Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sam's Birthday!, Phone call with Sasha, Easter Snow, The USS CONNECTICUT, waterlogged truck, and The CVB Wine Tasting WHAT A WEEK! Roger and BJ for K!

So the Amazing Sam turned 39 this week. Can you believe he has two grown Daughters almost his same age? Nothing and no one can keep Sam Down!

So, Sasha called and could not believe that we were having a pretty nice snowstorm this late in the Year, So I took these videos while I was on the Phone with her in sunny warm California.

I really think I am going to use the TwitVid to post videos on here now because there is no upload limit and the video Quality is better than on blogger.

Our Easter Snow storm has pretty much continued all day with no end in sight, in fact it seems to be getting colder as the day goes on. Of Course this is Unalaska so it can all change in a half hour but we may be on track for a "White Easter"

So, The other Day The USS CONNECTICUT, a SEAWOLF class nuclear powered Attack Submarine caused quite a stir in town when it came by and dropped off some "Scientists" that had spent the last few months Under the Ice.

Besides being one of the quietest and most powerful warships on the planet the USS CONNECTICUT is perhaps best known for it's ability to punch through yards of Ice and for being the only nuclear powered anything to be attacked by a polar bear.

I'm Sure you all remember these photos from a few years ago of the Polar Bear Attacking the Rudder. No harm was done to either the Polar Bear or the Sub.

But it did cause a little excitement in town on an otherwise Dreary Day.

Dreary? Yup, because it has not been all nice and white this week. mostly it's been raining
As our one chef Ron found when he parked his car at night right before a big melt and a rainstorm overnight.
The Van Dropped him off in the truck cab and he climbed the rest of the way.

He made it in without getting more than a little soaked and more success the truck actually started!!
So, this post is a week late but with Elizabeth's passing I delayed it, so now on to the Fabulous and most successful Unalaska Convention And Visitor's Bureau Wine Tasting Ever! As those who follow the blog know this is the Major Fundraiser for the CVB Each year and pairs exquisite wines with food all designed by the Hotel's Executive Chef Richard Bye. As you will soon see Richard and his staff outdid themselves this year, crafting food worthy of a Michelin Star!
Of Course no event sets itself up, many thanks to our Board President Bobbie Lekanoff!
Another Board member Vicki and Volunteer Don Graves.
CVB Board Member Belinda Sunderland Joins Brina Fraser & Debbie Sensky at one of the most popular tables of the night

George Halas explains to all the Sommeliers about proper pouring for the Wine Tasting. Don Cook (with the binder)was the Winery representative.

Alaskan Cod with a White Wine Herb Beurre Blanc
California Style Sushi Rolls from the Harbor View Sushi Restaurant paired with the Champagne

George Halas shows CVB Board Member Belinda Sunderland How to safely and Correctly open a Champagne bottle

The Cheese Platter
Sommeliers of the evening City Councilmember Katherine McGlashan and Mark Labert served..... ...The Star of the Event, Mandarin Barbequed Pork Belly served with Taltarni Heathcote Shiraz. Amazing! (I actually had 4 pieces)
Police Chief Jamie Sunderland and Jeff Hawley served....
...Lamb Ragu over Penne Pasta paired with the Taltarni 3 Monks Cabernet/Merlot 2005
Mayor Shirley Marquardt and her Husband Bob served...
Moroccan Chicken Stew over grilled Polenta. (I love Polenta!!!)
Reid & Sarah Brewer along with George Halas the Wine Distributor...
served Chervil, Apple and Arugula Bruschetta paired with the 2008 Kato Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Elegant and I would say the best pairing of the night besides dessert
Roger and Bille Jo For Kay!
The Evening’s Chef Willie Pilande discusses the food with Ardis Maugotauga and Theresa Salu
People Bidding on the Silent Auction Items. (I won an Afternoon on A Deadliest Catch Boat generously donated by Original Productions!)
Shots of the Crowd at this crowded event.

Even some of the Housekeeping staff and Kyle Attended. Dont they look nice all dressed up?
Our Fabulous Mayor and her wonderful husband prove that behind the best Mayor in Alaska is one of the hardest working men!

More Roger and BJ for Kay!

Andrew Ogilvie from Alaska Airlines congratulates The Grand Prize winner William Wallace. Mr Wallace Won two round trip Airline tickets ANYWHERE Alaska Airlines Flies. This prize was generously provided by Alaska Airlines!
And Finally, just to prove that I have no problem making fun of myself I show you all how to correctly eat the Chocolate Mousse tarts Drizzled with a Dark Cocoa Crème Sauce that was served with the Fonseca Bin 27 Port Wine

Yeah, they and the event were really that Good!
Have a Blessed Easter Sunday Everyone!