Our History

Kirsten PedersonOur Founder

Alaska caterer Kirsten Pedersen began her career in the medical field and spent over 12 years in various aspects of medicine from emergency medical work, laboratory, blood donation services to Phase III clinical trials for preapproved FDA drug use. As a vibrant and determined young lady, she was on her way to medical school when a severe motor accident altered her life course and sent her down the world of the fabulous food & event industry.

After attending New England Culinary Institute in Vermont, (vs. the CIA in New York because she took her then 9 month old filly with her to culinary school), Executive Chef, Kirsten Pedersen, began her career locally with the Marx Brothers Café of Anchorage back in 1999.   Initially, offering personal chef services in the Mat Su Region at the same time, these evolved into small events that eventually blossomed into full-spectrum catering and event services. She spent the early summer years of the 2000’s, creating and cooking for travellers from all over the world, in the setting of a world class, fly-out fishing lodge.  Today, the list of clientele includes the arrival of all three Target stores opened in South Central Alaska, to the debut of Alaska Airlines new ‘Salmon Thirty Salmon’ in fall of 2012,  catering for Sarah Palin before and during her political office, past notable figures such as Walter Hickel, Ted Stevens and many others, along with a host of weddings, social and corporate events.

Kirsten was most privileged to grow up between the US and the UK for her first 20 years indulging in travels around Europe and multiple trips back and forth between her family residing on both continents.  Her passion for horses began at a young age and continues to this day with Fireweed Farms.  As an avid rider in her young years, she rode and competed for her boarding school in Perth, Scotland and continues her love of these magnificent horses today with a modest stable at the base of Hatcher’s Pass in Fishook, Alaska. Find out more about Alaska’s only Andalusian horse breeding farm.

 AECLogoMedOur Roots

Today our roots are strong in the Mat Su Region and all of South-Central Alaska with over 80% of our clients originating in the Anchorage area.  How strong?  We’ve maintained our same regional Mat Su, Wasilla, location since 2000.  We’ve had the pleasure of establishing ourselves with every major event venue in Anchorage, Girdwood and the Kenai area to the core of Alaska’s playground of Mat Su and up to Big Lake, and Talkeetna, earning numerous referrals from multiple happy and satisfied clients who have now become our friends.  We’ve supported local businesses every step of the way, turning vendor and supplier relationships into extended family. So if you deliver it, pick it up, build it or break it down, you always have a seat at our lunch table.  -Literally.

The Circle Continues…

Over 65% of our clients are continued repeat business, thus exuding a complement to our services, unique foods, presentations, details and particulars that are second to none.  We have been with you every step of the way through your weddings and anniversaries along with your baby showers to your’ children’s bar/bat mitzvahs, your spouses significant birthdays, your company’s milestone’s years of service to your parent’s 50th anniversaries.  For those events and the wonderful memories, we Thank~You! and appreciate your continued faith in our all-encompassing event planning. From logistics to cakes, rentals to transport, eclectic catering to specialty drinks, we are Alaska’s Best Premier Catering Company, partnering with you to create your most important, next event!

We would be delighted to assist you with your next special celebration in Anchorage, Mat-Su or almost anywhere in Southcentral Alaska!