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NIC Wild Game Feast to feature menu of wild game delicacies

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North Idaho College Alumni Coordinator Sara Fladeland and Dining Services Supervisor Eddie Nelson discuss the menu for the 11th annual Wild Game Feast to be held at NIC Jan. 23 in the kitchen of NIC’s Edminster Student Union Building. North Idaho College Alumni Coordinator Sara Fladeland and Dining Services Supervisor Eddie Nelson discuss the menu for the 11th annual Wild Game Feast to be held at NIC Jan. 23 in the kitchen of NIC’s Edminster Student Union Building.

The North Idaho College Wild Game Feast will feature a menu of wild game delicacies prepared in a gourmet way Jan. 23.

After 11 years, organizers of the North Idaho College Alumni Association Wild Game Feast realized that the menu has featured just about every type of game imaginable from ostrich to alligator to kangaroo.

So this year, Chef Eddie Nelson decided to center the menu around dishes that appealed to a wider base of tastes, served in a extraordinary way.

“The combination of flavors and the way the less exotic game such as duck and quail are prepared this year, make this one of the most gourmet events yet,” Nelson said.

This year’s menu features a Northwest cheese and fruit display, Swedish-style buffalo meatballs, duck sausage stuffed mushrooms, steelhead gravlox with bagels and cream cheese, and shrimp canapés.

Served next will be rich crayfish bisque garnished with the meat from the crayfish tail.

A butter leaf lettuce salad with balsamic vinaigrette will precede the main course, which features roasted quail stuffed with wild mushrooms and rice, served with a chasseur sauce and grilled acorn squash.

The final course is a white chocolate mousse tart topped with berries, huckleberry syrup and a Grand Marnier chocolate sauce.

A social will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 with appetizers in the Ts’elusm Dining Room of NIC’s Edminster Student Union Building followed by the other four courses of the meal served at 7 p.m.

A special wine selection will be available with dinner in addition to a no-host bar.

Beth Paragamian, wildlife education specialist for the Idaho Fish and Game Department, Idaho Panhandle National Forest and Bureau of Land Management, will help provide the atmosphere of the event with displays of taxidermy animals in settings resembling their natural habitat.

The event will also include a silent auction for gift baskets and certificates, as well as premier items such as:

● A dinner for eight prepared in the auction item winner’s home by Chef Nelson;

● A whitewater trip for two on the Clark Fork River by Rowe Adventures;

● A basketball signed by the 2009-2010 Gonzaga University men’s basketball team;

● A painting by local artist Hayley Shortridge valued at $1,000; and

● A pair of tennis shoes autographed by former Gonzaga University and NBA basketball     

  star Dan Dickau.

Sculptures and other works by local artist and NIC alumna Tyree Kearns will also be featured throughout the dining room. Kearns is most known for the fountains she created for the Fountains of Wishes Community Art Project that are displayed in downtown Coeur d’Alene. She will be creating a piece resembling a rhinoceros head made from steel, which will be unveiled at the event.

All proceeds benefit scholarships for NIC students through the NIC Alumni Association.

Tickets are still available. Cost is $65 per person or $60 for NIC Alumni Association members. Limited seating is available.

For tickets, call (208) 769-5978 or purchase online at www.nic.edu/alumni.

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Stacy Hudson is the Public Information Coordinator for North Idaho College

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