Alaskan restaurant owner Beau Schooler was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and began his cooking career at the age of fourteen. After working at several restaurants throughout Alaska and in Portland, Oregon, Schooler enrolled at the Italian Culinary Institute in Calabria, Italy in 2006 – a full immersion culinary, baking, pastry, and gelato program presented by some of Europe’s most renown master chefs. After completing his studies at the Italian Culinary Institute, Schooler made his home in Juneau, Alaska’s capital city, where he currently owns and operates several eateries.
Schooler’s first venture, The Rookery Café, offers globally-influenced food featuring seasonal Alaskan ingredients and was voted best restaurant in Juneau in the 2014 Juneau Empire’s Readers Choice Poll. That same year, Schooler re-enrolled in the Italian Culinary Institute, this time focusing on traditional Italian charcuterie: curing meats, sausage making, and artisanal salumi. Shortly after, Schooler opened Panhandle Provisions, a specialty grocery store featuring house-cured meats and handmade pastas, among other specialty items and The Taqueria aims to bring authentic Mexican food to Alaska. Beau’s latest venture, In Bocca al Lupo, a traditional Italian restaurant, opened in March 2016.