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Invasive Species Cook-off 2014

'Eradication by Mastication'

A benefit for the Institute for Applied Ecology
Sunday, September 28
Arrive at 2 pm. Evening ends at 7 pm.
Zenith Vineyard (Salem, OR) 

What's for Dinner?

Crayfish stuffed piquillo peppers

Crayfish stuffed piquillo peppers

Chef Matt Bennett and his wild boar bratwurst

Chef Matt Bennett and his wild boar bratwurst

Elegant Wild Invasive Cuisine!

Sorrel smoked salmon puffs

Sorrel smoked salmon puffs

Hors d'oeuvres
by Matt Bennett, Sybaris Bistro

  • Crayfish stuffed piquillo peppers
  • Wild turkey terrine with mole spices 
  • Warm dandelion spanakopita
  • Sorrel-smoked salmon puffs
  • Wild boar (feral swine) bratwurst, blackberry mustard

 

Main Dishes
by Joshua Green, Bon Appétit at Willamette University

Elegant invasive wild game dishes

Elegant invasive wild game dishes

  • Dandelion greens, briar rose chevre, sliced hood river pears, oregonzola and blackberry champagne vinaigrette
  • Smoked paprika and buttermilk fried bull frog legs with guajillo adobo sauce
  • Herb brined and traeger smoked wild turkey with local pear reduction
  • Braised wild boar (feral swine) with bourbon blackberry glaze
  • Grilled vegetable platter - local summer squash, zucchini, happy harvest red bell peppers, sweet onions, yamhill portabella mushrooms and
  • Zena farm stuffed patty pan squash with Oregon chanterelle mushroom orzo "mac and cheese" with mascarpone and fresh herbs

Desserts
By Amelia Lane, Portland, and Anna Henricks, Sweetheart Bakery

Himalayan blackberry preserve

Himalayan blackberry preserve

  • Himalayan blackberry preserve
  • Double chocolate blackberry cream swirl tart
  • Fennel seed shortbread
  • Chocolate-hazelnut pate 
  • Mint, lemon balm and roses custard tarts
  • Hazelnut-huckleberry with wild rose hips jam tarts

 

Event Program

Master of Ceremonies: Michael Winder, Creator and Executive Director, Midsummer Arts

Featuring the Celtic, Acoustic and Folkadelic Nettles Band!

The Celtic, Acoustic and Folkadelic Nettles!

The Celtic, Acoustic and Folkadelic Nettles!

2:00 pm
Guests Arrive and Check-in
Silent Auction begins
Golden Raffle Ticket on Sale
"They're Cooked" Cookbook on Sale
Bar opens: Zenith Vineyard Wine and "Berry Invasive Blonde Ale" Beer 
Hors d'oeuvres 

Chef Philippe Parola filleting Asian carp

Chef Philippe Parola filleting Asian carp

2:30 pm 
Chef Philippe Parola: The Art of Cooking Asian carp and Nutria
Chef Philippe has cooked private dinners for Presidents, Queens and even the Prime Minister of England!

"Chopped" Competition

"Chopped" Competition

4:00 pm 
"Chopped" Cook-off Competition on the Lawn

Featured Chefs:

Featured Judges: 

Zenith Vineyard Grand Hall (image by Holland Studios)

Zenith Vineyard Grand Hall (image by Holland Studios)

5:00 pm
What's for Dinner?
Wild Invasive Species Buffet Dinner in Grand Hall

5:30 pm
Live "Adventures in Nature" Auction with Pat 'n Pat 
IAE Video

6:30 pm
Desserts Begin
Sponsor and Contributor Recognition
Special Honor Announced
Guest Speakers
"Chopped" Competition Awards

Sea Kayaking Live Auction Adventure

Sea Kayaking Live Auction Adventure

7:00 pm
Auction Check-out
Evening ends

BECOME A DONOR!

Special Offer: The Grand Hotel in Salem for Cook-off Guests

Grand Hotel in Salem

Grand Hotel in Salem

If you would like to spend Saturday, or even Sunday evening in an elegant charming hotel in the heart of Salem, with just a 15 minute drive to the Invasive Species Cook-off 2014 at Zenith Vineyard, The Grand Hotel in Salem is your destination. The Institute for Applied Ecology has set aside ten luxurious rooms for guests who would prefer to enjoy the relaxation and comfort of staying in town!

Here's what to do:

  1. Call The Grand Hotel in Salem at 503 540-7800 or 877 540-7800
  2. Let the hotel know you are with the Invasive Species Cook-off group.
  3. The hotel will need your name, dates of stay, contact information and credit card 

Rooms rates start at $139 for the Deluxe King. You can see the rooms here. All rooms feature coffee makers, refrigerators, parking, WiFi, business center, indoor pool & fitness center, and hot breakfast buffet.