If you grew up in a hunting family in Western Pennsylvania, you've probably grew up eating game. And who knows? Maybe you even liked it.
Me, I was never too crazy about the ground venison my mom was always sneaking into spaghetti sauce, meatballs, chili and stew. But the rest of my siblings sure did, and so did my dad, who deer hunted until he was in his early 80s.
Luckily, you don't have to have be a whiz with a rifle to enjoy a sumptuous wild-meat meal. On Thursday, March 20, Restaurant Echo in Cranberry is more than happy to do the procuring and cooking for you at their annual Game Dinner.
As in year's past, the gourmet meal will include five courses, all paired with a different fine wine. Here's the menu. It ain't your mother's cooking:
First course: Seared Laurel Hill trout, fiddlehead fern, sea bean and white asparagus ragout, mushroom consomme, artichoke foam and pickled roe. Paired with Broadbent Vinho Verde, NV (Alvarinho, Portugal).
Second course: Pan-roasted pheasant wrapped in coppa, pheasant sausage, black garlic sunchoke gnocchi, braised kale with royal glacage. Paired with Chappellet Cervantes Mountain Cuvee 2011 (Napa Valley).
Third course: Roasted beet terraine, sheep's milk farmer's cheese, field greens with sherry walnut vinaigrette and honey orange blossom gel. Paired with Gruet Brut Sparklng Wine, NV (Albuquerque, New Mexico).
Intermezzo: "Bloody bullshot" of vodka, tomato juice, veal broth, chilis and salt.
Fourth course: Spice-crusted venison medallions, savory bread pudding, charred broccoli rabe with smoked apple verjus gastrique. Paired with Ravenswood "Big River" Single Vineyard 2009 (Napa Valley).
Fifth course: Burnt apple budino (custard) with Laphraig cream, smoked sea salt, black walnut and dried cherry shortbread.
The meal dinner costs $65, and includes wine pairing,. You can reserve online at restaurantecho.com/reserve or by calling 724-779-3246.