What’s the coolest design you’ve seen a barista make in your coffee? I was at SteamDot Coffee Company, (10950 O’Malley Center), and Jared Mockli, who’s worked there about a year, designed a turkey. Mockli said there are four main designs, plus a few special ones for holidays, he can make in a process he calls latte art. It’s kind of an unintended benefit from the milk being steamed to a perfect 155 degrees, Mockli said.
As I watched, Mockli carefully tilted the cup to the side and rippled the milk forward and back, increasing and then decreasing, his pouring speed. A rosetta design was revealed. Mockli also showed me how to make a tulip, a heart and a rosetta,heart combination.
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My friend Julia O’Malley introduced me to one of the coolest chefs in town–Dave Thorne. He’s a traveling chef who’s toured the country with artists like Jack Johnson and Neil Young. At the end of August he’ll cook for Stevie Wonder. Dave is a local guy who graduated from East High School and King Career Center in Anchorage. He’s super into locally grown and supplies many of the restaurants in town with produce from the Valley, which he delivers almost all summer. I meet him at Bear Tooth Grill this week when he was dropping off tomatoes and cucumbers to talk about his two businesses: Delicous Dave and AK Root Sellers. Dave has seen a lot of this country. He focuses his meals on what’s available locally. Sometimes that means oysters or lamb from the west coast, or peppers and fruits from the south. In Anchorage, Dave is a mission to get more restaurants to add Valley produce into their menus, which he says can really improve the quality of the food.
“I see them eating, they’re taking a bite, seeing their face light-up. They’re like, ‘wow lettuce has flavor, cucumbers have flavors.’” Dave said while talking about trying local foods.