Wild Beast Feast 2016!
By Lauren Abate
April 2 was gloriously sunny—and the perfect day for the Wild Beast Feast! Held in the courtyard of the Calcasieu Marine Bank Building, the event benefitted the Lake Charles Symphony and brought out scores of supporters who couldn’t wait to sample the beastly delights created by Beast cooking teams who fed the crowd and competed for honors. The Jam’s own David Yantis, along with Mario Pacetti and Roman Seigel, had the difficult task of judging the competition.
First place went to Restaurant 1910, who dazzled us with their beef cheeks with horseradish. Melt-in-your-mouth divine. Gulf Coast Rubber and Gasket snagged second place with their fried catfish and homemade potato chips (which I couldn’t stop eating!). And the colorful Spice Man’s kale salad, topped with cranberries and smoked fish, came in third. The People’s Choice Award went to the JD Bank team, whose shrimp, sausage and grits concoction was a meal in itself!
The Edgemont Happy Hour Crew manned the bar, which was a popular spot to belly up to. Their special Beast Punch was the perfect accompaniment to the culinary offerings of the day. And I had the honor of working the dessert table, where everything was sinfully delicious.
“After each event, I think ‘this is going to be hard to beat,’” says Symphony director Shelly Appleby. “ ut each year, it seems to just get better and better. To me, in addition to the great food, fun music, awesome auction items, the return of old friends along with new ones, what really put this year over the top was the great fit of the outdoor venue coupled with the perfect weather. What more could we ask for?”
All in all, it was a first-rate event that brought in much-needed dollars to our wonderful symphony. The next concert will be held on April 16 at the Rosa Hart Theatre. For tickets, go to www.lcsymphony.com