Alabama Wildlife Federation
Contact: Marla Ruskin at 1-800-822-9453
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2013
Alabama Black Belt Adventures Win Best Overall at Tri-County Wild Game Cook-Off
House Cured Wild Hog with Jalapeno Cheese Balls, Seafood Gumbo and Spring Turkey Salad were just a few of the tasty dishes found at the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) / Alabama Army National Guard Tri-County Wild Game Cook-Off and Silent Auction last Thursday at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Prattville! With 28 cook teams and over 750 members and guests in attendance, Alabama Black Belt Adventures captured the top prize of “Best Overall,” with their original House Cured Wild Hog with Jalapeno Cheese Balls.
Alabama Wildlife Federation is proud to have BlackRidge Land Company serve as the lead sponsor of five Cook-Offs to help raise funds and awareness for the conservation of Alabama wildlife and natural resources.
There is no doubt the judges had a difficult time, but in the end Alabama Black Belt Adventures, including Philip Davis, Pam Swanner, Jack Crosby, Lee Shaffer took home the top award. Kim Adams a Cook-Off judge representing Alabama Power Company stated, “This is my second year to judge this event and I love it! Some dishes are pretty creative and the skill level of the cooks is impressive. As a judge, I’ve experienced everything from catfish to bison. I can’t say I haven’t liked anything I’ve tried.”
Other winners included:
Fish Division: First Place – Marshall Design-Build, LLC including Terry Craft, Chet Marshall, Eric Robertson, Andy Davidson cooking Seafood Gumbo; Second Place – City of Millbrook/The Pines including Harold Hogan cooking Crappie Cakes with Pico De Mayo; Third Place – CoOp Cut Ups including Kirk Green, Jimmy Sims, Steve Baker, Randy Raines cooking Southern Bayou Pie.
Fowl Division: First Place – CoOp Cut Ups including Kirk Green, Jimmy Sims, Steve Baker, Randy Raines cooking Spring Turkey Salad; Second Place – Wildlife Trends including Andy Whitaker, Allen Deese, Larry Crisp, Pete Russell cooking Quail Gumbo; Third Place – Marshall Design-Build, LLC including Terry Craft, Chet Marshall, Eric Robertson, Andy Davidson cooking Shrimp Stuffed Duck.
Game Division: First Place – Alabama Black Belt Adventures including Philip Davis, Pam Swanner, Jack Crosby, Lee Shaffer cooking House Cured Wild Hog with Jalapeno Cheese Balls; Second Place – Peppertree Pit Crew including Jeff Verner, Drew Bass, Donnie Watkins cooking Donut Venison Bacon Cheeseburger; Third Place – Bullish Flavor including Matt Burns, Lance Brown, Todd Brown, Billy Atkins cooking BBQ Venison Sliders.
The Alabama Army National Guard People’s Choice Award went to Southern Orthopaedic Surgeons, LLC. The 1st Place Presentation Award went to CoOp Cutups, while Marshall Design-Build, LLC received Runner-Up.
In addition to the great food, there was a silent auction, raffle and entertainment provided by Sam Marsal. Guests also enjoyed the Firestone Racing Simulator sponsored by Gipson’s Tires and a little golf pitching competition sponsored by TrustMark.
The purpose of AWF Wild Game Cook-Offs is to supply a place for AWF members to interact, for non-members to learn more about AWF, and to provide the opportunity to raise funds to support AWF and its programs and projects. The Cook-Offs also demonstrate that sportsmen/women utilize the wild game and fish they harvest and cook it with care, skill and expertise to produce great table fare.
The Alabama Wildlife Federation, established by sportsmen in 1935, is the state’s oldest and largest citizens’ conservation organization. The mission of the AWF, a 501©3 non-profit group supported by membership dues and donations, is to promote conservation and wise use of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources as a basis for economic and social prosperity. To learn more about AWF, including membership details, programs and projects, call 1-800-822-WILD or visit www.alabamawildlife.org.