On a riverside farm, a wild hog cook-off, a football tailgate, a boost for the Louisiana coast

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 08:07:51 AM. In the fight to protect the Louisiana coast, seafood is a natural ally. It’s easy for Louisiana seafood lovers to grasp the connection between the flavors they love and the
In the fight to protect the Louisiana coast, seafood is a natural ally. It’s easy for Louisiana seafood lovers to grasp the connection between the flavors they love and the environment that provides them. But at an educational farm in Violet this weekend, a new event takes a different tack by showcasing a potentially delicious addition to the regional table that also happens to be a scourge of coast, among other places. For the Cook-Off for the Coast, a collection of homegrown amateur teams will try their hand at wild hog. A panoply of local agencies and nonprofits back the inaugural event, and the hope for this edition is that better familiarity with wild hog’s culinary potential could drive demand and cull its numbers. +5  Contributed photo by Beau Ciolino - Wild hog harvested from the Louisiana countryside are used to make Charlie's Wild Boar Sausage, shown here on the smoking racks.  The Saturday cook-off is the centerpiece of a new festival for St. Bernard Parish on Nov. 18 with chef-led cooking demos, live music and interactive education on coastal ecological issues. The setting is Docville Farm, a working farm and event venue along the riverfront in Violet, just past Chalmette, run by the Meraux Foundation. With the event falling on a big college football Saturday, the Cook-Off for the Coast also has a tailgating theme. There will be a cash bar from the Old Arabi tavern Pirogue’s Whiskey Bayou and, of course, the aroma of those cook-off teams in action will be...Read more
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