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The 4th annual Wild Foods Supper was hosted by the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Program at the Cary VFW on Saturday January 31, 2015. The dinner included dozens of dishes showcasing wild foods of North Carolina including venison, rabbit, squirrel, duck, dove, swan, sweet potatoes, apples, pecans, and persimmons. Cooking contest judges included College of Natural Resources Dean Mary Watzin, NC Museum of Natural Science Curator of Mammals Lisa Gatens, NC Museum of Natural Science Naturalist Center Coordinator Cindy Lincoln, and NC Wildlife Resources Commission Mammalogist Brandon Sherrill. Cooking contest winners for each category are listed below:

  • Venison: Jon Vanderfleet’s (current Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology student) venison stew
  • Other game: Summer Higdon’s (FWCB alumni) rabbit pot pie
  • Side dish: Friend of FWCB program – famous beans
  • Dessert: Chris Moorman’s (FWCB faculty) apple crisp

In addition to the amazing food, the event included bluegrass music from the Kudzu Ramblers, a silent auction, and a raffle for a lifetime NC Hunting or Fishing license. The event was a huge success, and the proceeds will help the Leopold Wildlife Club attend the Southeast Wildlife Conclave, which will be held March 12 – 15 at Virginia Tech. The Leopold Wildlife Club would like to thank everyone who supported the club through the Wild Foods Supper. We look forward to next year’s Wild Foods Supper and hope to see you all there!

 

FWCB student John Vanderfleet was both the winner of the venison cooking contest AND the beer server for the evening. So many talents!

FWCB student John Vanderfleet was the winner of the venison cooking contest.

So much delicious food!

So much delicious food!

Wild Foods Supper

The Kudzu Ramblers provided great entertainment.

Wild Foods Supper

The dedicated cooking contest judges completing their duties. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.