By Lars Dalseide | February 18 2014 10:34

From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Get wild in the kitchen - learn to cook rabbit in Grand Rapids Feb. 26

Lansing, Michigan - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources - in partnership with Michigan State University Extension, Michigan United Conservation Clubs and the Boone and Crockett Club - is sponsoring a Gourmet Gone Wild (GGW) cooking class at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market (located at 435 Ionia Ave. SW). The class, which takes place on Feb. 26, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m, will feature curried rabbit.

GGW chef Daniel Nelson will teach the class, guiding participants on how to process, prepare and enjoy rabbit cuisine. More specifically, class participants will:

  • Learn how to properly process a rabbit.
  • See a demonstration of how to prepare and cook the dish, including important rules in handling and preparing wild game in general.
  • Listen to an MSU Extension professional and DNR wildlife biologist explain how to obtain their own wild cooking ingredients, including information about hunting and fishing specific to Michigan.
  • Prepare a hands-on meal in a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen.
  • Taste the meal, and participate in a question-and-answer session with the chef.
  • Take home any leftovers, as well as recipes prepared in class and cooking tips.

The class is open to anyone 16 and older, and costs $65 per person (includes all supplies to participate). To register, click here.

Gourmet Gone Wild is going beyond "eating local" and exploring the renewed interest in hunting for your meal and preparing your bounty at home. Gourmet Gone Wild is introducing many to conservation, stewardship, hunting and fishing through the locavore movement. Gourmet wild fish and game tastings bring professionals together and help connect them to hands-on experience and mentorship. For more information about the GGW program, visit

Gourmet Gone Wild is also funded by the Hal and Jean Glassen Foundation and the Great Lakes Fishery Trust.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to


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