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Black Tie and Tail Ball Reminder!

Hey folks, just posting a reminder about the Black Tie & Tails Ball for those of you interested! I won’t be making it there, which is probably good because I need Saturday night to prepare for my annual Oscar party, but I wish I could join in for this great fundraiser. Here’s what I posted in January:

About a year and a half ago, I visited the the Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro. They are an excellent nonprofit organization that provides homes for big cats that have been abandoned or abused, whether they are reclaimed from a zoo or given up by owners who can no longer care for the exotic creatures. Tigers, lions, lynx — it doesn’t matter what species of big cat. The Carolina Tiger Rescue tends to them all, and they have never been busier, often unable to take in new animals because their cages are full.

That’s great, the Gourmez, you may be saying, but what does this have to do with food? Well, it’s nearly time for the Carolina Tiger Rescue’s annual fundraiser, and it is of definite interest to area foodies.

The Black Tie and Tails Ball will be held on 2/23 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Washington Duke Inn, and if you know me, you know I love the food by Chef Jason Cunningham. The theme this year is the Many Faces of Thailand, and the menu is as follows:

blacktietailsAppetizers

Beef satay w/ southwest Asian sauce
Thai curry and coconut soup shooters
Grilled & marinated chicken satay w/ chili peanut sauce
Spicy lime and herb tofu in lettuce cups
Vietnamese spring rolls w/ Chile sauce

Starter Course

Artisanal baby lettuces, toasted walnuts, poached pears, feta cheese, champagne vinaigrette

Entrees (Choice of 1)

Grilled and smoked beef tenderloin, rosemary, and horseradish, potato, roasted asparagus and baby carrots, braised mushrooms, red wine glacage

Pan-roasted grouper, lobster and chive risotto, garlic, spinach, and cured tomatoes, with vin blanc sauce.

Baby turnips, beets, and carrot Anson Mills Carolina gold rice risotto, braised rustic kale, toasted pumpkin seed pesto, sweet onion and sweet potato jus.

Baskets of assorted naan for all.

Dessert

Chocolate melting cake with coconut lime ice cream.

I don’t know about you, but I’m salivating reading that list. It sounds amazing! In addition to dinner, there will be both live and silent auctions including vacations and wine and dine packages. Now, this is a fundraiser, so it’s not cheap. Tickets are $125. But honestly, for a phenomenal dinner and fundraising? That’s not so bad. If you’re interested, get your tickets here.

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Triangle Foodie Happenings: 2013 Black Tie and Tails Ball

About a year and a half ago, I visited the the Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro. They are an excellent nonprofit organization that provides homes for big cats that have been abandoned or abused, whether they are reclaimed from a zoo or given up by owners who can no longer care for the exotic creatures. Tigers, lions, lynx — it doesn’t matter what species of big cat. The Carolina Tiger Rescue tends to them all, and they have never been busier, often unable to take in new animals because their cages are full.

That’s great, the Gourmez, you may be saying, but what does this have to do with food? Well, it’s nearly time for the Carolina Tiger Rescue’s annual fundraiser, and it is of definite interest to area foodies.

The Black Tie and Tails Ball will be held on 2/23 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Washington Duke Inn, and if you know me, you know I love the food by Chef Jason Cunningham. The theme this year is the Many Faces of Thailand, and the menu is as follows:

blacktietailsAppetizers

Beef satay w/ southwest Asian sauce
Thai curry and coconut soup shooters
Grilled & marinated chicken satay w/ chili peanut sauce
Spicy lime and herb tofu in lettuce cups
Vietnamese spring rolls w/ Chile sauce

Starter Course

Artisanal baby lettuces, toasted walnuts, poached pears, feta cheese, champagne vinaigrette

Entrees (Choice of 1)

Grilled and smoked beef tenderloin, rosemary, and horseradish, potato, roasted asparagus and baby carrots, braised mushrooms, red wine glacage

Pan-roasted grouper, lobster and chive risotto, garlic, spinach, and cured tomatoes, with vin blanc sauce.

Baby turnips, beets, and carrot Anson Mills Carolina gold rice risotto, braised rustic kale, toasted pumpkin seed pesto, sweet onion and sweet potato jus.

Baskets of assorted naan for all.

Dessert

Chocolate melting cake with coconut lime ice cream.

I don’t know about you, but I’m salivating reading that list. It sounds amazing! In addition to dinner, there will be both live and silent auctions including vacations and wine and dine packages. Now, this is a fundraiser, so it’s not cheap. Early bird prices are $110, then tickets rise to $125 after 1/31. But honestly, for a phenomenal dinner and fundraising? That’s not so bad. If you’re interested, get your tickets here. I’m not sure I’ll make it yet, but I sure hope I can.

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Carolina Tiger Rescue

Carolina Tiger Rescue
1940 Hanks Chapel Road
Pittsboro
Website

When my sister was in town a few weeks ago, we decided, at long last, to check out the Carolina Tiger Rescue. Formerly called the Carnivore Preservation Trust, the Carolina Tiger Rescue takes in carnivores in need of a home, whether due to zoo closings or because a well-meaning person learned that keeping one for a pet really wasn’t a bright idea. Did you know that it’s legal to own a tiger in NC? That’s just crazy, and was one of the first things we were told by our tour guidePublic tours ($14) are held on the weekends, but you have to RSVP ahead of time—I’d recommend calling a month before you’d like to go. If you have a group of 15 or more, you can also arrange for a private tour. You meet up with your tour guide inside the visitor’s cabin.

My sister, Christa, then Ben and friends Laura and Ellen.

Then it’s on your way to see the animals they have. This is no quick tour—it took us about 2 hours all in all. And it was freezing cold that day, too! We were troopers and enjoyed a fire back at our place afterwards.

After the initial information dump, we set out.

The animals were separated from us by loose chain link fences so the cats realize the fences aren’t stable enough to climb and don’t attempt it. Our tour guides gave a lot of information about the animals, their back stories, and fun tales like that of Raj, the tiger who’s a pro at spraying tour groups.

The infamous sprayer.

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