Eat What the Wolves Eat with Rob Connoley June 4th

 

Rob Connoley, a former James Beard Award semifinalist who specializes in foraged and hunted ingredients, will be preparing a seven-course meal featuring nearly 30 different ingredients gathered from the woods of Missouri.

While Connoley won’t be cooking exactly what wolves eat, he will be theming his dishes to reflect ingredients found within the food chain of this apex predator.

All proceeds from the June 4, 2017 event will benefit the Endangered Wolf Center.

Tickets are just $150 per person. In addition to the unique meal, guests will be treated to a specialty cocktail, three wine pairings from the Wine Merchant, and an opportunity to visit with Daisy, a fennec fox living at the Center.

Dress code is formal, and the dinner will be taking place indoors.

Seating is extremely limited. Reservations can be made by calling 636-938-5900 or visiting endangeredwolfcenter.org

Connoley will be opening a new restaurant in St. Louis – Bulrush STL – in 2018. He returned to his hometown of St. Louis this past summer from New Mexico, where he operated the Curious Kumquat. That restaurant was featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times and Saveur magazine.

Curious Kumquat was located next to the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico, the heart of where Mexican wolves are reintroduced into the wild. The Endangered Wolf Center plays a key role in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s reintroduction program.

During his 15 years in New Mexico, Connoley became quite familiar with the locals’ perception of  Mexican wolves. “I participated in the daily debates and arguments as wolves were the focus of fear or hope by ranchers and conservationists,” he said. “I heard neighbors talk about the fear of their children playing outside or their pet that had gone missing. Yet my experience in the wild was that those fears were unfounded and unrealistic.

“Spending far more time off-trail in the back country than most, I would spend hours each day gathering plants and hunting game. Wolf encounters were unheard of. They wanted their privacy as they roamed the vast remoteness of the region,” he said.

“Early in my career I had the honor of cooking a meal at Ted Turner’s ranch, which boarded wolves preparing for reintroduction,” Connoley said. “Listening to the evening howls as they called to their future pack was a sound that I’ll always remember.”

Last fall, Connoley released his first cookbook, “Acorns & Cattails: A Modern Foraging Cookbook of Forest, Farm and Field.”

“Eat What the Wolves Eat.”

Tickets: $150 per person

Date: June 4, 2017

Time:

Cocktails from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Visit with Daisy the fennec fox from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dinner starts at 7 p.m.

Location:

Endangered Wolf Center

6750 Tyson Valley Road

Eureka, Missouri 63025

 

 

For more information:

Contact Director of Education and Operations Ashley Rearden

636-938-5900

[email protected]