Charlotte’s celebrates a decade of gourmet dining

Posted: Wednesday, March 05, 2008


  Charlotte Legg serves a 5 course dinner with preferred seating for the "King and I" as part of her 10th anniversary celebration.

Charlotte Legg serves a 5 course dinner with preferred seating for the "King and I" as part of her 10th anniversary celebration.

In 1975 Charlotte Legg was in Kodiak Alaska driving trucks, not 4X4 pick ups or U-Hauls, but 18 wheeler semi-tractor’s, “I was one of the first five women that joined the Teamsters Union and I was dispatched out of Valdez and I hauled Trans-Alaska Pipeline pipe from Valdez to Fairbanks for about three months before I jackknifed my rig on top of Thompson Pass and decided I should go back to the kitchen where I belonged,” Charlotte told the Dispatch as she was preparing for “King & I” Gourmet 5 Course Dinner & Theatre event last week. I would be some 20 years after the jackknifing incident before Charlotte would open her own restaurant in Kenai, “I started cooking on dude ranches and realized that the kitchen was where my talent really was and where I belonged,” she said.

As Charlotte celebrated her restaurant’s 10th Anniversary last month on the day after Valentine’s Day she admitted that the date was probably not the best of plans, especially seeing Valentine’s Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants, “It was the day after my birthday too and it just shows you how green I was, so now I’m always getting ready for our anniversary specials on my birthday,” confessed Charlotte. Today Charlotte not only has her popular restaurant, bakery, café and espresso bar in Kenai, but also has opened a very intimate restaurant at the River City Books at the “Y” in Soldotna and is called on to cater most major events through out the year on the Peninsula from the weekly noon luncheon meeting for the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at Kenai the Merit Inn, to the Lincoln Day Dinner for U.S. Senator Ted Stevens at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska.

“When we first opened on Valentine’s Day ten years ago we did a dinner and theatre here at the restaurant called Love Letters and then I became involved with Kenai Performers and every year we try to coincide our anniversary with their annual musical and this year for the King & I we did a 5 course gourmet Thai dinner followed by preferred seating for the show at the Renee C. Henderson auditorium, it makes a great evening for us and the people who come just love it and say it’s the best,” added Charlotte.

Charlotte and her husband Leroy work together as a well matched team and are greatly appreciated by their many employees. In just ten years Charlotte’s has captured the hearts of all those who live or visit the Peninsula and is a tribute to the Alaskan spirit represented by hard work and community generosity. Regardless of the special occasion whether it be a teen’s first date, a Wedding Anniversary, or just a special lunch with a friend in a classy atmosphere, the first suggestion you’re likely to hear is, “Let’s go to Charlotte’s.”

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