Loading...
Bless our heart, under authoritarian rule, loyalty is regarded as more important than competence....

Bob Garner: Are you game?

Bob Garner

Bob Garner

Loading…

Sunday, February 4, 2018

For eastern North Carolina male hunters and trappers of my generation, the wild game supper was the “adult” equivalent of the kid’s prank of putting a spider down a girl’s back at elementary school. It was practically guaranteed to evoke an “Ewww!” reaction.

Listen to the 2008 Jim Stafford hit “I Don’t Like Spiders and Snakes” for elucidation. It’s still being covered by younger artists, strictly as a history museum piece.

I just received my word-of-mouth, grapevine invitation to a wild game supper. I made immediate plans to attend, maybe in the company of a far younger man. At their best, wild game suppers are still multigenerational in attendance and appeal. It’s how and where “fish house liars” and “hunting camp liars” are trained.

We’ll gather around a fire pit for an outdoor cocktail hour that stretches on too long. The pit at this particular venue is fancy, with comfy, angled-back, porch-style chairs available. The simple bonfire of the past still does nicely most everywhere.

Thankfully, the topic of alcohol is no longer verboten, even when too heavily favored by discussions of craft beers, like all mixed-age gatherings.

I’m getting over it, Don Henley and reassembled Eagles from the 1994 “Hell Freezes Over” album.

There will be only scattered female guests, since women are mostly on the job, at the gym or mothering children. Much of the game to be served will probably be provided by females, though.

One young, professional wife I know periodically stops nursing her newborn for a moment, switches to a baby bottle and pokes a rifle barrel through a hole deliberately punched through the screen. She’ll also harvest a fat doe for the freezer, if necessary, provided it meets local official and unofficial criteria.

She’ll likely be humming Jim Stafford as she lines up the shot at a big buck, fondly breaking into the lyrics when she gets to “… Cause that ain’t what it takes to love me like I wanna be loved by you.”

I hope it’s obvious she lives in the country with a woods-backed field behind the nursery.

Oh, yes, I almost forgot the supper part. (Hah!)

Hunting and trapping is almost never done strictly for sport in these parts. Food is processed and consumed by someone.

Duck and goose breast, mid-rare or dredged, battered and deep fried. Venison three ways. Frog legs. Raccoon. And the ever-popular squirrel and pastry (dumplings to expatriated Westerners and Midwesterners).

No humanely trapped and deep-fried muskrat, a favorite harvested from the tidal flats of rural southern New Jersey. Most of us won’t go there. At least not for muskrat.

But most of us will still go to a nearby wild game supper. Oh, yeah.

Bob Garner is a UNC-TV restaurant reviewer, freelance food writer, author of four cookbooks, barbecue pit master and public speaker.

 

 

Plank Road from Bob Garner on Vimeo.

Loading…

Humans of Greenville

@HumansofGville

Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.

Look

May 27, 2018 - 54 minutes ago

"The Garden is Open" sign is still there.

The tulips and azaleas, though well past their height, still glorify the yard.

It is still worth a special trip to Chapel Hill to experience this lovely, well-planned, colorful garden.

But the twin sisters who planned every part of their grounds and…

May 23, 2018

Sometimes presentation is overrated. Eton Mess is a British dessert that’s an unapologetic mishmash of fruit, cream and crumbled meringues folded together and plunked in a glass or bowl. It’s the kind of mix that appeals to kids and adults alike. While you might call it messy,…

LyndaBalslev

May 20, 2018

Weeks after college graduations and weeks before high school ceremonies, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is having what the Rev. Bob Hudak calls a “commencement” today.

It is not a commencement in which diplomas will be conferred but a commencement in the sense of the beginning of…

121717OliverPerez-3.jpg

May 20, 2018

I read recently about a mama raccoon and her four babies falling through the ceiling and onto the living room couch of a Michigan home.

The closest I ever came to that was a lone dead squirrel that wormed its way around the uncompleted mounting of a new ceiling light fixture, was apparently…

Bob Garner

May 20, 2018

GET A GRIP, GIRLS

Dear Short Answers: There is a woman in town who is a stay-at-home mom with three children. Every year (actually, three times a year), she throws the most lavish birthday parties for her kids. It makes the rest of us moms look like slackers. Every year, our own kids ask why…

Short Answers

May 19, 2018

SERVICES

■ Burning Bush United Holy Church, 610 N.C. 43 North, Vanceboro, will have quarterly meeting at 11 a.m. Sunday.

■ Carson Memorial Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1710 Pactolus Highway, will have its annual homecoming service at 11 a.m. Sunday. The group Unshackled will be musical guests.…

May 18, 2018

Capsules of movies playing locally. New releases are indicated with an asterisk.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR — The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. (2…

051818showdogs

May 18, 2018

Diners at Oklahoma’s Tulsa Club must have thought there was something funny going on that spring evening when more than two dozen men met on the roof and spent several hours singing old songs.

Customer complaints about the noise caused the next meeting to be moved to the Hotel Tulsa, but the…

051818Gobarbershop-1.jpg

May 18, 2018

GMA

Art from Pitt County Schools high school students will be on exhibit from today through June 10 in the Commons Gallery. An opening reception will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. today.

The Greenville Museum of Art is at 802 Evans St. Call 758-1946 or visit gmoa.org.

Gray Gallery

The exhibit “110…

051118rockthebus-5.jpg

May 16, 2018

Wingstop is a new restaurant at 1885 E. Fire Tower Road next to Baskin Robbins Ice Cream. Enjoy ample seating at artfully decorated tables with an aviation theme, listen to upbeat music and order an array of items from wings to sides from the easy-to-navigate menu.

Wingstop offers three styles of…

051618hotdish
329 stories in Look. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 33
        Next Page»   Last Page»