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Potluck in Alaska – a friend killed what you eat

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Chartreuse cashmere crewneck sweater with G-III red suede skirt, GNW tights and Gloria Vanderbilt pumps (all own) for an office appropriate color blocked look

What’s on the table at an Alaska potluck

The smell of moose, caribou, halibut and salmon is in the air at every potluck in Alaska. It mixes with the great smell of raspberry, cranberry and/or blueberry pie of self collected berries or rhubarb pie. Add Alaska grown cabbage, carrots, young spruce tips, turnips, and potatoes and you have the full collection of Alaska food on the table.

Game meat is not for sale

You can’t buy moose, or caribou. It is forbidden to sell it. Thus, when you want to eat it you have to host a potluck. One of your friends for sure will bring a dish of moose or caribou stew. Alternatively, you may trade your garden’s or fishing bounty with that of your hunting friends.

Actually, I never ate caribou, or moose despite I was at many potlucks with huge dishes of these treats. My husband tells me, they taste good. I just don’t like the idea of eating something that was killed by a friend. At potlucks I stick to the collectibles, dishes with berries and rhubarb or the spruce dip salsa. I love berries, but I am too afraid to collect them because of the competitors – bears.

Alaska grown fruit and vegetables

Rhubarb, cabbage, potatoes, turnips, and carrot grown well under the midnight sun. Everything else is a matter of luck. Either it is too dry and hot for lettuce or too wet and cold. Since getting fresh vegetables in Alaska is difficult, the Alaska self grown vegetables are a must at every potluck.

Who to recognize a new Alaskan

Everybody knows that a guest is new to Alaska, when the guest brings a tray of shrimps, or a noodle salad, i.e. something that they did not grow or kill. Alaska it’s a whole different world. 😉


I am color blocking my chartreuse cashmere sweater with my red suede skirt. While a twenty something could add another color, I decided to stay with just two colors, and added red tights and pumps and accessorized with a red bracelet as well. For the commute to work I put my red Gloria Vanderbilt pumps into my bag and switched into brown booties. The booties provide good insulation on the feet and pick up the brown in the red floral print scarf. The floral print also has shades of the Burberry motorcycle coat that I found on eBay. The YSL bag is also an eBay find that my husband bought as a gift for me. ❤

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Burberry motorcycle coat with wool lined floral print silks scarf, red gloves, red tights, Clarks booties and YSL bag (all own)

What do you bring to a potluck? What is the food you would never eat at a potluck? Let me know, I am curious.

You may find these posts on Alaska transfer stations, and the origin of new Alaskans interesting as well.

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Photos: G. Kramm (2014)

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