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From Big Sur's killer cliff-clinging eateries to Salinas' unparalleled produce, this blog aims to sniff out all things Monterey County can stomach, via picture and prose, curiosity and appetite, hand and mouth.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Go Wild: Annual Wild Game Barbecue Benefit

These guys know how to hunt. And they know how to eat.

So they will have everything on the grill—everything, it seems, except squirrel.

Here comes the wild boar bourguignon. The oak-grilled, Sicilian-style albacore, back by popular demand, after it was done so deliciously by Village Fish House's Rose Girolamo a year ago. She's joined by other Carmel Valley studs like Cachagua General Store's Mike Jones—doing chile verde, "Cachagua style"—and Wills Fargo master of grilled meats Jerome Vail. The chefs keep coming from there, Bruce Brown of Otter Bay Restaurant, Horace Mercurio of Coffee Mia and Roberta Campbell Brown of Two Chefs Catering among them.

With them comes what benefit co-organizer Brian LeNeve calls "the most diverse" lineup of grub he's seen at this annual event, which is saying something.

He says that means lobster bisque. Yellowfin tuna poki. Pheasant pear sauce. Dove, wild turkey and quail. White sea bass done two different ways—with pesto and "cowboy style" (I'm told that means it's got some kick). All the game is procured by the Department of Fish & Game and licensed individuals, and the $40 ticket ($20 for kids under 16) benefits the Carmel River Steelhead Association.

It happens 1-4pm Sunday, Oct. 24, at Carmel Valley Trail and Saddle Club , 85 E. Garzas Dr. in Carmel Valley. Call 626-6586 or 625-2255 for more.