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Wild Game Dinner Parties

The calm before the feeding frenzy

Every holiday season, my wife and I host a party we call “Pheasant Feast.”  In fact, last month we hosted Pheasant Feast IX . . . Yes, we’re now using Roman Numerals in our invitations.  Nevertheless, this has become an annual tradition and a lot of fun for our friends and family.  I’ve even enlisted my hunting buddy Matt Kucharski as co-chef for the event.  This year, we were joined by two dozen guests for a night of taste-testing comprised exclusively of wild game. 


The 2011 Pheasant Feast menu included:


  • · Peking Pheasant
  • · Pheasant a l’Orange
  • · Poached Blueberry Ruffed Grouse
  • · Roast Moose with Coffee Gravy
  • · Pheasant Tortellini with Brussels sprouts
  • · Minnesota Wild Rice Soup
  • · Duck Rumaki
  • · Jalapeno Pheasant Poppers
  • · Tenderloin of Venison
  • · 7-Up Northern Pike
  • · Pheasant Pesto Pizza
  • · Desserts, Beer & Vino


As you can imagine, some of these dishes turned out better than others when more than ten preparations are on the grill, stovetop and oven.  The low spot of this roster was certainly the 7-Up Northern Pike . . . I won’t be reproducing that funky fish anytime soon. However, I plan to do my best to replicate Matt’s Peking Pheasant recipe this weekend.  All in all, leftovers were non-existent which I consider a good indication of success.


As I reflect on this menu, I naturally think about the camaraderie of a day spent afield with friends and family pheasant hunting.  However, what Pheasant Feast also reminds me of is the power wild game has of bringing family and friends together around the table.  For me, the meal is almost, almost as important as the hunt and also nearly as fun.


What about you, have you ever hosted a wild game dinner party?


The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.


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12 Responses to “Wild Game Dinner Parties”

  1. Double D says:

    My invite must have got lost in the mail! Looks like quite the spread.

  2. Double D,
    If you can make it to Minnesota next December, consider yourself invited. However, I’ve seen your talent on Field & Stream’s site, so come prepared to cook!

  3. Noah B says:

    Care to share the Peking Pheasant recipe :) ?

  4. Noah B.
    I’ll work on that for a future blog post. Thanks for your interest & thanks for reading.

  5. John says:

    Is it weird that I just leaned in and smelled the computer screen? Looks Awesome…very cool concept!

  6. Note to Bill Gates: Scratch & Sniff computer monitors. Thanks for the very kind compliment John!

  7. Christy Christiansen says:

    We host a “Big Game Feed” every year during the super bowl. I think we have been doing it for 12 years or more. Besides serving wild game and a lot of it we have a fryer challege. We started off with fish, venison, marinated turkey wrapped in bacon and then each year things started getting a bit crazy so now we come up with new things to deep fry. Pickles, apples, bannanas (yuck) and last year oranges-which were amazing! This years challenge deep fried pretzles with beer!
    the best part of the party is getting together with your hunting buddies and swap stories from the season!
    hunt hard and have fun!

  8. @Noah B. You can find the Peking Pheasant Recipe now posted at http://www.pheasantblog.org/bstpierre/peking-pheasant/

  9. Ian Sayler says:

    That is a great idea, I will being do that with a few of my friends. Mr. St. Pierre do you have any suggestions on pheasant recipes I should try?

  10. Ian,
    Thanks for the comment. The Pheasant a l’Orange linked above is an easy one. My new blog Peking pheasant is solid too.

  11. Kyle says:

    Have my first wild game fest tommorrow night. Pheasant, elk,rabbit, moose, wild hog, duck and who knows what else will appear! It was a great fall of hunting, can’t wait to share my pheasant creations

  12. Good luck Kyle. Sounds like quite a spread!


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