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By Wolfgang Kurtz
LOG Editor 

Conservation group celebrates 7th year of event


Wolfgang Kurtz | The Seward Phoenix LOG

MC Dave Paperman hands off the best of brewed award to Seward Home Brewers.

Hundreds of supporters of the Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance and connoisseurs of tasty beverages converged on the Alaska SeaLife Center Saturday to sample local brews and wines from vintners hailing from Seward, Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, Talkeetna and Anchorage. The Seward Home Brewers picked up the top prize for best beer.

The crowd meandered and socialized while sampling savory appetizers and desserts donated by local and regional chefs competing in the event's annual Chef-Off and Dessert Challenge cooking contests. John D'Elia and Jake Baniky of Anchorage's Urban Bamboo food truck placed first in the Chef-Off, AVTEC was second and Chinooks garnered the people's choice award.

Amy Leatherman nabbed both the top and people's choice prizes for the dessert contest. Overall the event raised about $10,000 for the local conservation non-profit, which was founded in 2005 to "enjoy and advocate for healthy water land and air" in the Seward area.

Taking his last bow at the annual event was RBCA's watershed program coordinator and prolific project manager Matt Gray, who will be relocating to Oregon. The RBCA also has a new line-up on its corporate board with the departure, most notably, of president Mark Luttrell. Activist, organizer and co-founder Russ Maddox has already assumed the position.

Information on the RBCA and its events is available at



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