Food lovers will soon line up to participate in a gourmet tradition at one of the nation’s premier environmental colleges, with proceeds to benefit Maine’s Operation Game Thief and the Unity College Bear Study.
Unity College will host the tenth annual sportsmen’s conference and wild game dinner at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts (UCCPA), 42 Depot Street in Unity, on Friday, April 11. Appetizers will begin at 4:15 p.m. with dinner served at 5:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $30 for regular seating and $40 for VIP tickets. Holders of VIP tickets will enjoy access to preferred seating and two bottles of wine per table. For tickets contact Joe Saltalamachia at (207) 509-7205, or via e-mail. The event has sold out each year.
Art work by Maine wildlife artists will be featured in the UCCPA Art Gallery. Appetizers for the wild game dinner will be served in the Art Gallery and include squirrel cakes, beaver chorizo, moose maple sausage, elk steak bites, deer sausage, moose empanadas, and more. The main dinner is a five course meal served with salad, bread, and dessert.
All proceeds benefit Maine’s Operation Game Thief and the Unity College Bear Study, the first ongoing study of its kind in the United States involving undergraduates. “This event is a perennial favorite that has become a destination for food lovers from across Maine and beyond,” noted Joe Saltalamachia ’95, Director of Admissions. “The majority of individuals are simply food lovers who recognize the quality of wild game that we serve. Many have noted that our food is on par with cuisine served at fine restaurants in Boston, New York, and other metropolitan cities.”
The chefs for the event are Unity College Student Center Manager and Catering Chef Charlie Krause, a 1973 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and Chef Gilberto “Jay” Lozada, Catering Chef at Unity College. Both have held positions at some of Maine’s finest restaurants. The event is popular with the media and has been featured in Portland Monthly Magazine, Bangor Daily News, and other publications.