Last night was fun. We fed 40 people, ate wild boar, got to throw a dinner in a posh Van Ness victorian, and no wine was spilled on the persian rugs….all good. My friend and guest chef Ellen (Radical Radish), cooked up a really amazing ragu of wild boar and Heirloom tomatoes. I love eating wild meat. As I begin to think more about the meat I eat. Where it comes from, what effect it’s having on me/the planet/the animal, I get more excited about wild game. The boar we ate last night was fed on the wild mushrooms and fresh acorns.
It lived a full life, and then it died, as all animals do. When I eat wild game, I feel more connected with the place I live, and the animal I’m eating. Instead of trying to block out the thoughts of the animals life, I relish in these thoughts. I think of them walking through the forest, sniffing out chanterelles, laying in the sun. I realize this is romanticizing the issue, but for me, it really does feel better. Below is the menu from last night. If you want to check out pictures from the dinner, go to
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Nectar Filled Passion Vine Flowers
Wild Nettle Fritters
Foraged Citrus Spike Creme Fraiche
Marin Roots Arugula and Sweet Corn
Local Albacore Tuna Crudo
Red Onions, Balsamic
Fried Bolinas Sea Beans
Wild Boar and Heirloom Tomato Ragu
Fresh Chili, Spinach, and Egg Pasta
Marin Roots Summer Squash Soup
Wild Fennel Pollan
Foraged Blueberry and Cornmeal Gallete
Frozen Hand Whipped Rose-Geranium Whipped Cream