Mike & Michelle Beals and their two boys, Michael and Jason, are starting their fifth year with Timber Wolf Lodge located in Soldotna on the Kenai River.
This year there will be something added to the already popular lodge, "The Cabin" restaurant, which will be opening June 1st. The Beals will be kicking things off with the 1st Annual Kenai River Cook Off contest where everyone from around the Kenai Peninsula will have the opportunity to submit their original recipe by mail, fax or email and have the chance to win cash for their effort.
Mr Beals stated there are three categories in which to compete. You can choose one or all three--Main Course, Appetizers, & Desserts. The top five finalists from each category will be notified by phone and he added all finalists must be willing to prepare their dish for the final judging which will be held May 11th , 2002 at the Cabin Restaurant in Soldotna.
The winners of each category will have their name and recipe presented on the menu for the grand opening of the new restaurant June 1st, 2002. Mr. Beals said it's very easy to enter. People can submit their original recipes on a 3x5 index card, handwritten or typed and mail them to Recipes 44485 Sterling Hwy, Soldotna, 99669, or they can even email their recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax them to 260-7787.
Mr. Beals went on to say, it's going to be a lot of fun and he hopes everyone that enjoys cooking will submit their original recipe and have a chance to win. He said all finalists would win a prize for their efforts.
The judging will be done by local community members from both Soldotna and Kenai. When asked who would be doing the judging he replied that each judge takes cooking seriously. We have lots of great people--some professional and others who just love to cook. The judging will be done by Charlotte Legg from Charlotte's Restaurant in Kenai, Bruce Hardy from Coca Cola, Jim Nelson from Papa Murphy's in Soldotna, Sue Nelson from Suzie's Cafe in Sterling, Stan Pitlo the publisher of the Peninsula Clarion and Teresa Honrud from the Peninsula Clarion would be joining the judging panel.
We asked Mr. Beals how he came up with the name The Cabin restaurant. He said 5 years ago when he and his wife, Michelle, purchased the C.A. White homestead to build Timber Wolf Lodge the original cabin built by Mr. White back in 1939 was the only building standing on the property. He remembers taking an old door he found late one night and putting it on his saw horses to use as a table for the families first dinner in the run down cabin. The cabin was dark with only a candle as the Beals family sat having dinner.
The family all agreed at this time that this cabin would be a great restaurant. Mr Beals said the log cabin had to be either torn down or completely renovated. He added that the structure and been vacant for years and was very run down with broken out windows, no doors, holes in the floor and it even had a sod roof. It needed a lot of love and care inside and out which took the Beals family 7 long months with the project.
Inside they installed native spruce tongue & groove throughout. Mr Beals remembers each stone the family carried up from the rivers edge to build their large stone fireplace. The 20x30 Log Cabin is a bit of history in Soldotna and he hopes everyone will come to enjoy the relaxing setting and the great cuisine.
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