The Alabama Wildlife Federation Held it’s annual Tri County Wild Game Cook Off at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Prattville this past Thursday night. And, while it was supposed to be a fundraiser for this premier conservation organization, for those of us who just came to pay our annual membership. It was not so much a fundraiser as it was a party!
AWF is so good at putting on fundraisers across our great State that they make it look easy! Now I know it was a serious event that took much planning, communicating, “networking” “as the younger crowd says.” setting up the event’s tents and auction items, which were beautiful. Getting sponsors to underwrite and bring in extra attractions is no small thing either, but Tim Gothard and his Staff are some of the most dedicated, outdoor loving folks I know, so for them it is just another day at the office.
The Overall winner in the competition was Alabama Black Belt Adventures for their First Place – Alabama Black Belt Adventures including Philip Davis, Pam Swanner, Jack Crosby, Lee Shaffer cooking House Cured Wild Hog with Jalapeno Cheese Balls.
Other competitors offered many great wild-game foods such as my favorite ground venison burger bites with donut buns! The venison was expertly seasoned and when paired with the sweetness of the donut bun, it was OMG good! The Pepper Tree Pit Crew offered it and several other great dishes such as grilled duck and oysters. Crew members were; Drew Bass, Jeff Verner, Scott Cone, Graham Gunn and Sharon Ewer.
Ben Elliott and my long time friend, Andrew Harp, of Alabama AG Credit were serving some spicy Cajun Jambalaya that was super and I had to try it twice it was so good!
Alabama Power, A proud supporter every year of the AWF, Served up some Wild Bananas Foster that was as good as the best restaurants serve in New Orleans! Team members who were being “sweet” were L- R Susan Griffin, Trey Hayes, Whit Dekle, Greg Sparks and Richard Dudley.
John Hall Properties, A long time supporter of The AWF, a frequent winner, and just a great group of guys to know, were once again cooking up some great wild game recipes and had ran out by the time I got there! but, I enjoyed talking to them and joking about our mutual friend, Mr. Curtis Jones, who is the Assistant Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation.. Curtis.. we know you!
As the 2013 Turkey Season ends tomorrow, I say so long to the hard headed S.A.L.T birds of Dallas County and Hope the ones in Kentucky are a lot dumber! I am headed up there on Wednesday! Wish me luck! If anyone has turkey pictures to share or comments about my blog, send me a note! -firstname.lastname@example.org
Post Oak out.. in the Kentucky woods, hope to have a good report next week!