V’s Cellar Door offers a unique dining experience for Juneau visitors and locals. V’s is owned and operated by Venietia Santana, who hails from the East Coast originally. She has lived in Juneau more than 20 years, which in our book makes her a local. We in town know her as “V” and we absolutely adore her food.
V is first generation American. Her father is Sicilian and her mother is Irish.
This winter Juneau Food Tours launched a series of wine education classes. We’ve been asked several questions regarding the classes and what makes them different from, say a wine dinner. Here are a few of the frequently asked questions:
Wine tastings happen all the time, what’s the difference?
We LOVE wine tastings! The more the better. However, we also love learning about wines.
Rachel Gearhart – master fisher!
Monday – Friday Rachel works as a clinical social worker. She is also an avid volunteer for Travel Juneau, working in the downtown kiosk greeting visitors. In addition to that volunteer gig, Rachel has been a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters for quite a few years. Being idle is not in Rachel’s wheelhouse.
Her favorite Juneau places are Sunshine Cove and downtown.
As I sit at my desk writing this blog, my mind wanders to 2014 when I attended my first International Food Bloggers Conference. It was held in Seattle, which is a mere two hour flight from my home in Juneau, Alaska. I was excited to attend and I remember a bit nervous as well.
I had been blogging for several years, but mostly for friends and families.
We know that many of our guests arrive to Juneau via cruise ship, which limits their time here in Alaska’s capital city. The tour is only 2.5 hours to allow guests plenty of time to explore more of the city. One of the top questions guests ask is “Where can I shop for local items?”
JFT likes to support locally owned business, as well as direct guests to the items they’re seeking.
Chef Lionel of SALT Alaska
Maybe you’re new to town. Or you’re only here for eight hours. Or you live here but are having visitors. What do to? In the summer season, Juneau has a plethora of activities to answer that question. Helicopter rides, glacier sightseeing tours, whale watching, fishing, even dog sledding are among the choices.
Last week I hopped a plane to Seattle for the annual International Food Bloggers Conference. This is a gathering of 300–400 like-minded folks who are passionate about food. This passion is conveyed through food blogs, columns, cookbooks, and photography.
As the 2015 summer visitor season winds down, the work at our offices (affectionately known as HQ) continues. This week I travel to Seattle to the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC). This is an annual pilgrimage for many food writers and bloggers who seek to keep updated on food trends and to learn about new tools for blogging and writing a food column.