I've never been to Hackberry's Bistro, but considering it's now connected to Rochester's co-op, there's a new reason to check it out:
For Immediate Release
People’s Food Co-op of La Crosse Hosts Wild Game Dinner
Winter is coming, but the feast is set
LA CROSSE, WISC. (6 November 2013) — Hackberry’s Bistro will be hosting their annual Wild Game Dinner this year on November 14, featuring local meats and side dishes. The menu will have venison, rabbit, and bison – all meats that were standard Driftless Region fare before the arrival of foreigners with European chicken and cattle.
This annual dinner features an Elizabethan, if not medieval, flair. Chef Charles George said that was quite deliberate. “I used a lot of warm spices – clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and others – that are predominant in that style of food.” he says. “And yes, I am a fan of George R. Martin’s books and the HBO cable show, Game of Thrones” – a fictional series loosely based on the 15th century English War of the Roses.
There will be quail stuffed with apple, a venison shepherd’s pie, a 16th-century style rabbit stew, along with preparations for bison and boar. “These are a great cross-section of different meats and textures,” George says. The meats are all locally sourced in Minnesota or Wisconsin, “the farthest any of it has traveled would be the rabbit, which is from the Milwaukee area.”
The meal also includes a medieval-style turnips au gratin, thyme-roasted green beans, salad, and Hackberry’s own breads and desserts.
Hackberry’s Assistant Manager, Greg Carlstrom, is excited to offer a range of wines to pair with the evening’s courses at a la carte pricing. Bordeaux, Cab Franc, and Sangiovese wines among other beverages will be offered.
The cost is $45 per person and reservations are recommended. Seatings at 5:30 and 7:00 pm. Call 608 784-5798 ext. 2202 for reservations. Hackberry’s Bistro is located above People’s Food Co-op at 315 Fifth Ave., S. in La Crosse, Wisconsin.