Gourmet meal welcomes first Iditarod musher to Yukon River

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks musher has taken the lead in this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and her belly is probably the most appreciative right now.

    For being the first musher to reach the Yukon River, Jessie Royer was treated to a five-course gourmet meal in the middle of the Alaska wilderness.

    A chef was flown into the checkpoint in Ruby, Alaska, population 187, to prepare the meal.

    The menu included lobster bisque, a duck breast, and an espresso-rubbed ribeye. The after-dinner “mint” was a cash prize of $3,500 and a bottle of Dom Perignon.

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