Wild Game Cook-Off Yields Fun & Funding For AWF
More than 800 people filled Talladega Superspeedway’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage on Saturday, Feb. 9 to enjoy the delicious food and festive atmosphere of the Third Annual Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) Wild Game Cook-Off & Silent Auction. Proceeds from event ticket sales, auction purchases and track rides raised approximately $25,000 for AWF, Alabama’s oldest and largest non-profit conservation organization.
As the cook teams set up their stations and the aromas of their culinary efforts began to fill the air, attendees who had purchased track rides experienced the thrill of zipping around the 2.66-mile tri-oval in new Dodge Charger pace cars. By 3 p.m., teams had put the finishing touches on their entries to be sent to the judges and were busy pleasing the palates of guests by serving them samples. Then at 6 p.m., the event culminated with the announcement of this year’s winning cook teams.
Of the fish, fowl & game cook-off categories, the Glory Days team consisting of Richard Nixon, Jay Bordes, Cindy Bordes and Josh Harmon initially took first prize in the fowl category then took home the overall grand prize for their Quail Eggs Benedict. The team will advance to the state cook-off in Millbrook, Ala. this summer. The complete list of winning cook-off teams for each division follows:
Fish Division: First Place – Cooks Gone Wild including Jerry Garrett, Sharon Garrett and Patrick Garrett – bayou crawfish pot pie; Second Place – Team Tango including Terry “Tango” Downs, David Morgan, William Buckley and Mark West – crappie surprise; Third Place – Fish Tales including Allen Nicholls, Shelly England, Margaret Nicholls and Robin England – fish tales tacos.
Fowl Division: First Place – Glory Days including Richard Nixon, Jay Bordes, Cindy Bordes and Josh Harmon – quail eggs benedict; Second Place – Friday Afternoon Sportsmen including Jon South, Sam Glover – Duck Pastry; Third Place – Wood Smoke Society including Tee Rice, Dusty Strickland – duck roll ups.
Game Division: First Place – Spice’s Smokehouse including Lynn Entrekin, Robert Entrekin, Scott Gorham and Shelly Gorham – venison stuffed portobello; Second Place – Sheila’s on the Hunt including Jeff Verner, John Mosley, Jeff Davis and Sheila Hunt- venison roll up; Third Place – Bubba’s Smokin Something including Elex Harris – venison stuffed shells.
Best Presentation: First Place – Cook’s Gone Wild; Second Place – Critter Cookers
AWF was established in 1935 by sportsmen to promote the conservation and wise use of our wildlife and natural resources and to ensure a high quality of life for future generations of Alabamians. The organization hosts several wild-game cook-offs throughout the state, but this event is its largest each year. The purpose of AWF wild game cook-offs is to supply a place for AWF members to interact, for non-members to learn more about AWF and to provide the opportunity to raise funds to support AWF and its programs and projects. The cook-offs also demonstrate that sportsmen and sportswomen utilize the wild game and fish they harvest and cook it with care, skill and expertise to produce great table fare. For more information on the Alabama Wildlife Federation, visit www.alabamawildlife.org.
Talladega Superspeedway will host its first race of the 2008 NASCAR season during the Aaron’s Dream Weekend, April 25-27, featuring the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series and Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Friday, April 25 will feature NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and The Birmingham News Qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Saturday, April 26 will feature The Birmingham News Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Then on Sunday, April 27, the greatest drivers in NASCAR will compete in the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Kids age 11 and younger are admitted free of charge to the general admission grandstands when accompanied by a ticketed adult on Friday and Saturday.
Tickets are available by calling 1-877-Go2-DEGA, (1-877-462-3342). For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). Tickets also are available online at www.racetickets.com, or in person by visiting the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. CDT, Monday- Friday.