Dining on the wild side
BY MATT VINE
Wyoming County Press Examiner
When people sit down to dinner, usually the normal is a piece of fish, chicken, or beef. However there are some places in the area that are offering some wild game to the menu.
There will be an all-male dinner at the Lake Winola United Methodist Church on Feb. 1
David McGovern, leader of the event said that it started 33 years ago, where some men in the Methodist church decided that they should do something in the winter months to ward off cabin fever.
“It started with about 12 guys and has grown to 90 men and boys,” McGovern said. “In past years, the age of the attendees ran from 3 years old to 99 years old.”
McGovern said that the dinner is free. It will feature venison, mash potatoes and homemade ice cream.
“At past dinners, some people brought in moose and several times bear,” McGovern said. “We ask that people should bring some other food and drinks as well.”
McGovern noted that there will be two guest speakers from the GAR Memorial Hall Association Incorporated in Scranton talking about the Civil War. There will be items from the war that will be on display as well.
For more information call the Lake Winola Methodist Church at 378-2806.
Ardee’s Foodrinkery, located in Falls, had its annual wild game dinner on Jan. 27. It was hosted by the Falls Lions Club. All proceeds benefitted the organization. The dinner ran from 2 to 4 p.m.
Art Coolbaugh said that this was its 15th year with the event.
“ We are serving many varieties of wild game, including pan fish chowder, wild mushroom venison soup, teriyaki venison, bourbon molasses glazed venison, venison spiedies, elk ribs, red wine/garlic marinated pa black bear, squirrel pot pie, rabbit Sheppard’s pie, free range organic turkey, red potatoes, green beans, rolls and desert,” Coolbaugh said. “All food has been donated by the community and area hunters.”
There were raffles from the Lions club, great food and drink.
“We normally serve 175-200 people and take out is available,” Coolbaugh said. “I served Idaho mountain lion one year, but years before we have served moose, elk, caribou, mule deer, and snow shoe hare.”