Never Tried Moose or Bear Before? Then Isn't It About Time?
There are people all over the country who plan their entire year around the wild-game supper thrown by the Bradford Congregational Church each November. The great food writer Calvin Trillin once referred to it as the "Superbowl of church suppers -- out of the class of the kind of church supper [his wife] had occasionally referred to as the Annual Starch Festival."
If what you're interested in is eating game, however, and don't need to feel like you fought through the crowds to do it, there's a game supper a month earlier you could try. Which is not to say it won't be crowded -- people come from away for this one, too.
Steve Garrow, who throws a variety of unusual church suppers at the West Fairlee Church, will be presiding over this year's 15th Annual Chef Steve's Famous Wild Game Supper on October 13. On the menu? Moose, deer, bear, beaver, wild turkey... oh, and for the more conventional-minded, also ribs, turkey, ham, baked beans, and fiddleheads. There'll be plenty of dessert. Some of which, he says, will be smoked.
Tickets are $23.00 for adults, $10.00 for kids aged 7 to 12. This is for an all-you-can-eat buffet. You won't go away hungry.
It's early yet, but not too early to get tickets. And since there's time, you can just mail a check to the Union Meeting House, c/o Steve Garrow, 5636 VT Route 113, Vershire, VT 05079 if you want to be sure there'll be a place for you. Feel free to call the church -- 802-333-4748 -- if you've got questions.