October 28, 2010
Delta's Culinary Connection: Gourmet Writers Get A Taste Of The Hunt
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Every hunter has been there. The awkward, often frustrating, conversation with someone who does not understand their passion. There is little common ground; few shared experiences. But there is hope. Everyone eats...and one of the best ways to the heart of a non-hunter is through their stomach.
Good food...sustainable, local and healthy...was on the menu at a recent waterfowl heritage hunt hosted by Delta President Rob Olson, and Director of Conservation Jim Fisher. On a clear, warm morning with just enough breeze to ensure lots of bird activity, a handful of “gourmet” journalists experienced their first marsh hunt. The culinary highlight of the morning was the opportunity to taste a duck sandwich, freshly prepared by Olson in his canoe.
One account of the event, prepared by food writer Wendy Burke and photographer Boris Minkevich of the Winnipeg Free Press, uniquely captures the power of the experience, even for non-hunters. It’s a relationship that needs to be developed, says Olson.
“Many people are looking for answers about the food they eat,” says Olson. “As waterfowl hunters, we have at least some of those answers. We sustainably harvest food that is organic, local and delicious. People from all walks of life can understand this. And that helps them better understand what we’re all about.”
Olson says the “gourmet” media tour is something Delta Waterfowl wants to continue building on. He hopes to organize similar events throughout North America.
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