Spoonline Market Expands
By Sue Todd
In the heart of Girdwood sits Spoonline Market, an unassuming establishment that is also the home of Spoons Catering. Open since the winter of 2016, it has quietly been growing a stellar reputation for outstanding food, great coffee and a fabulous addition to the community.
I recently visited with owner Alexandra Fletcher (she calls herself Alex), an accomplished chef. She earned her chef “chops” in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but she has been a Girdwood resident for 20 years. Before opening Spoonline Market, she was providing delicious fare in southcentral Alaska for adventure tours and more through Spoons Catering. Spoons is still a large part of her operation.
When Spoonline Market opened, it gave locals and weekenders the opportunity to enjoy the creations offered by Spoons Catering without it being a catered event. Guests could easily grab a quick breakfast or lunch to go or relax on the porch and dine on site.
Some things haven’t changed since Spoonline opened. The porch is still available for dining. The menu still offers soups, salads, sandwiches, chia/fruit bowls and baked goods. Boxed lunches are still be prepared for fishing trips or family picnics.
And if the Caveman coffee disappears from the menu, I cringe to think of the consequences. Other things are always changing, like what is in the sandwich or salad. The soup of the day could be anything. And who knows what cookie creations will appear next?
Heat-at-home meals change with the seasons. Currently, you could take home Thai curry, polenta lasagna, osso bucco, Moroccan chicken, beef bourguignon, chicken and dumplings, Cuban ropa vieja, or gluten-free enchiladas. The list goes on, and it is not your typical weekday fare.
All the dishes are a notch above. For example, the breakfast burrito, one of the constants on the menu, is an absolute taste explosion. Dried Hatch green chiles cooked into the bacon give what would be a normal grab-and-go breakfast a new level of deliciousness. This is real food.
Chef Fletcher is creative, to say the least, and for those who want them, she offers delicious gluten-free, vegan, and Paleo choices. Her food is locally sourced, organic, or GMO-free whenever possible and only cold pressed oils are used. Summer plans include planting a wall garden once weather allows, which means Spoonline’s home-grown herbs, vegetables, and berries will be incorporated into the menu.
While the food and ambience enhance the Spoonline experience, Fletcher’s staff complete the picture. She speaks of her staff as though they are family and feels fortunate to have the cream of the crop in her employ. Friendly, professional and attentive, they see that guests are greeted, seated and given an opportunity to place an order or peruse the menu as soon as they enter. The food is presented beautifully, with close attention to detail.
Spoonline is not just growing in reputation, the recent expansion into what was previously Girdwood Realty has doubled the size of the establishment. It means that guests are no longer relegated to the porch if they choose to dine on site. Diners will find ample seating indoors, and more outdoor deck space is planned for the summer.
The establishment is beautifully appointed. The new meeting room seating includes 1950s chairs reclaimed from the mess hall on Fort Richardson. The walls are adorned with gorgeous photographs by backcountry skier and professional photographer Kelly Gray.
A lovely painting by the owner’s mother, Santa Fe artist Kelley Fletcher overlooks the new meeting room. Future plans include First Saturday Art Shows, as early as this summer.
The new dining room is available to rent for $250 for the whole day. Seating capacity is 30, and it is a perfect venue for rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, board meetings, or any special occasion. It can easily be closed off from the rest of the establishment for privacy. Fletcher indicated there is wiggle room in the price. For instance, if the room booking includes catering or the renter is a non-profit, the price is negotiable.
If you have not yet stepped into Spoonline Market or if it has been a while, be sure to stop by and feast your eyes on the latest menu and expanded dining area. You’ll find beautiful food in a lovely setting.
174 Hightower Road, Girdwood
Tue.-Fri., 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Monday.
Call (907) 783-8122 for to-go orders, catering, to book the meeting room or send a message to Spoons & Spoonline Market on Facebook.