THE FOOD EXPERIENCE
For nearly two decades, we’ve been leading expeditions into some of the most remote wilderness areas in Alaska. While we like to think that after this many years, the perils of “trial and error” when it comes to food & menu planning are behind us, we know better. The quest to create the perfect backcountry menu will forever be a part of our business - driven largely by you, our guests. We continue to fine tune our food and develop menus for our trips that are appropriately light weight, nutritious, balanced, durable, stable, and tasty. Food, after all, may be the most important part of our job as outfitters & guides. Take a moment to imagine…over the course of a summer we prepare close to 5000 meals for our guests - the equivalent of a small restaurant in a similar timeframe! But to complicate things, our ‘restaurant’ is typically 150 miles or more from the nearest paved road! This underscores the imperative for proper planning as well as the need for fixed trip menus.
We've always believed that best part of providing a unique experience to every guest is to deliver amazing food. Rather the usual camp fare and off-the-shelf backpacking food, we've created some of the most original recipes you'll ever eat around the campfire. The healthy, flavorful, filling, and nutritious gourmet backcountry cuisine we serve always surprises our guests. After a day in the backcountry, sit back in your camp chair and enjoy steaming Panang Curry followed by a homemade Coffee Toffee Brownie. Start the morning with a Reindeer Scramble or a stack of hot Berry Flapjacks. And we ALWAYS have plenty of coffee, tea, and hot cocoa. Wherever you go and whatever you do, we're committed to fueling you up for your Alaska Alpine Adventure in the tastiest way possible.
TRIP MENUS AND DIETS
Each season, guests occasionally ask why we don’t have more “flexibility” in our menu choices and some suggest improvements. Over time, we tweak our fixed menus based on evident suggestion patterns, but despite our best intentions it’s nearly impossible to please everyone. If you’ve actually read this far, you may A) have some sort of dietary restriction, or B) be intellectually curious as to how we do food. In either case, you can rest assured the we’ll do our level best to make certain that your dietary needs are met, particularly lacto/ovo vegetarians, gluten or lactose intolerant, or diets based on an allergy and medically necessary. But also please understand that there are specific requests that are politely declined, including vegan diets and fad diets (Zone, Paleo, Adkins, etc.) Please call us with any questions or concerns.
"As the only Coeliac in the group, I had to have separate food and I can only say that I was absolutely delighted with the food throughout, it was much much better than I expected, tasty, filling, nutritious and plenty of it. Bryan did a great job, and any other Coeliacs you have along should be really happy and comfortable. To put this in context I can't remember being away from home for over a week and not getting ill at least in some way – so it is really remarkable. I was very very impressed." Nick Porter - 2012 Guest
In 2012, owner Dan Oberlatz, operations manager Aaron Fetter, and guide Bryan Caenepeel launched Adventure Appetites - a unique food company specializing in preparing and packaging gourmet cuisine for adventurers in Alaska and beyond. Today, Adventure Appetites is the sole provider for all Alaska Alpine Adventures' cuisine.
And be sure to visit Adventure Appetites before your next adventure into the wilderness. They will ship dinners, breakfasts, and desserts from their amazing menu from Alaska to anywhere in the US or Canada. Trust us, you will eat no finer!
Here's what some of our guests have said about our food over the years:
"The food was fantastic, and far exceeded our expectations."
"...oh yeah, and the food was OUTSTANDING!"
"The gear and the food were second to none."
"The food was way above expectations!"