ECTC Wild Game Buffet offers a sampling of 'different' delights

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ECTC Culinary Arts hosts Nov. 20 event

By Jeff D'Alessio

Hungry for a slice of alligator or a sampling of kangaroo?

Curious about what a plate of ostrich, goat or elk might taste like

The Culinary Arts Department at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has just what you might be looking for with its third annual Wild Game Buffet. The meal is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in Room 303 of the Occupational and Technical Building on campus. Deadline to purchase the $15 meal tickets is Monday.

As of Wednesday morning, 114 of the 150 tickets were sold, including a set of 19 to one group and 12 to another.

“We have entire families who will come to the meal,” said Katharine Marsee, administrative assistant for the department.

The event started as the brainchild of program coordinator Susie Clark, Marsee said.

“She tries to expand a students’ knowledge of cooking,” Marsee said. “The students get really excited to have this.”

Students start from scratch, preparing dishes to include the various entrees. “They (students) pick the recipes, prepare the meat,” she said. “They really enjoy it.”

There are about 103 students in the culinary program.

The USDA-approved meat is ordered from Sisco Food Services.

“We don’t have our students go out hunting for the food,” Marsee said, laughing.

Attendance has been strong and many diners return each year.

“We have never had anyone say, ‘That is the nastiest thing I have ever eaten,”’ Marsee said. “It’s just something different for most.”

She said kangaroo has been a popular dish.

“It has a real nice taste to it and the meat is really lean,” she said, adding that buffalo also is a favorite of attendees.

She did say last year’s cricket cake wasn’t well received. “We did have a lot of people try it, though,” she said.

The $15 price of the buffet includes vegetables, dessert and a drink.

“Most of the time we don’t have food left over,” she said. “People seem to enjoy trying everything.”

Other entrees are quail, rabbit, venison, duck, goat and turtle.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio



Mail check to Katharine Marsee, ECTC Culinary Arts, 620 College Street Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701. Checks need to be made payable to ECTC Culinary Arts.
Tickets for the event are $15 per person. Deadline to purchase tickets is Monday.