M/Y Viaggio leaves for southeast Alaska Tuesday, May 28th for a full season of luxury yacht charters.  We are looking forward to sharing some delicious seafood recipes in the months to come!

A HUGE thank you to Frank’s Quality Produce in Pike Place market for the incredibly fresh and delicious vegetables.

By Chef Tristin Papenfuse 

Serves: 4-6

Prep Time: 15 minutes



1 Romaine Heart

¾ C. Red Cabbage

1 Cucumber

1 Tomato (on the vine or heirloom)

1 Avocado

2 Tbsp. Fresh Basil

¼ C. Feta

½ Tsp. Herbs de Provence

½ Tsp. Garlic Salt

¼ Tsp. Fresh Ground Black Pepper (to taste)

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil (to taste)

1 ½ Tbsp. White Balsamic Vinegar (to Taste)


Roughly chop romaine heart and add to a large mixing bowl.  Thinly slice red cabbage. Peel, cut in half lengthwise and remove seeds from cucumber.  Slice into quarters and then into ½ inch slices.

Chop tomato and avocado into half inch sized pieces.

DSCN1877Thinly slice basil in to ¼ inch thick slices.


Add feta, herbs de provence, garlic salt, pepper, oil and vinegar to bowl.

Toss all the ingredients using tongs.


-To some, the basil might be an overwhelming flavor.  It tastes just fine without it!

About Chef Tristin:

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Chef Tristin Papenfuse is a yacht chef and co-owner of Viaggio Charter, based out of Seattle, Washington. She began cooking in the kitchen with her mother and developed a passion for creating wonderful tastes and flavors early on. Tristin is a self-trained chef and takes every opportunity to learn something new from her peers and experimentation with new ingredients.

Tristin’s forte is seasonal and local Pacific Northwest fare, but she also enjoys working with any type of cuisine she can. She has been quoted as saying, “Even if you don’t think there is anything to eat in your fridge, chances are pretty good that I can make something out of what you do have.”

Growing up in Western Florida led to Tristin’s passion for boating, which she and her husband now share. Currently she masters her creations aboard their yacht, VIAGGIO, during charters in the Pacific Northwest and Southeast Alaska throughout the summer. In addition, Tristin works freelance on yachts between SE Alaska and the Bahamas.

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Tristin counts herself among the lucky few that are able to make a living while enjoying their passion. Every chance she gets, Tristin and Viaggio Charter try to give back to the community by working with local school fundraisers, SeaFair’s Special Needs Cruise, Epoch Expeditions and other non-profit organizations. 

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