A fundraiser for George W. NOT!
Just got back from White Oak a little while ago. What a wonderful weekend.
The first evening, after touring the research and veterinary facilities, and watching Hazari and Kafir play tug-of-war, we all changed into nice-casual and boarded two river boats to take us to our bush dinner. The trip took about an hour at dusk, and we were treated to wine and some great appetizers on the trip.
These photos were taken with my ATT Tilt phone. I didn't have pockets or carry a purse, and didn't want to lose my camera. We had chicken breast chunks spiced with a dry rub and cooked on a grill, with a great taragon dipping sauce. There were plantain chips and a kind of sweet guacamole that was very good. Finally, there were skewers of rubbed beef chunks interspersed with chunks of orange and grilled. Never had grilled orange before, but it tasted great.
We finally reached our destination, The Brickyard, which is on the far end of the White Oak property. As we approached, we could see fires along the shoreline. There was a huge bonfire at the site, with about ten formally set tables. Peripherally, there were several shallow pit fires as well, so even though it got chilly out, we were never cold.
Besides, the alcohol flowed like, well, like wine. (I can't find the menu, though I could have sworn I brought one home. This is from memory.) The first course was floured sauteed perch chunks. Next came a soup with vegetables and spicy peppers. The main course included two kinds of meat: quail and venison. Both were delicious. I'm usually a bit leery of venision, having eaten some gamy meat on occasion. This was rare, and tasted delicious. Dessert was a passion fruit mousse. Light and tasty. Each dish was designed to have some African connection, since White Oak is dedicated to animal conservation and is involved in some projects in Africa. The guest for the weekend is Laurie Marker who runs the Cheetah Conservation Fund, based in Namibia.