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Old Apr 30th 2010, 12:46 PM   #1
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GILMAN, Wis. - The Cervid Livestock Foundation (CLF), promoting research and education through the North American Deer Farmers Association (NADeFA), sponsored the 3rd annual Susan Thurston Venison Culinary Competition. This event was held March 19, 2010 at the Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio, in conjunction with the NADeFA annual convention.

This event was recently named in Susan Thurston’s honor for the support she gave to the CLF’s venison promotional projects in the 17 years she was a NADeFA member. She will continue to be remembered for the tremendous enthusiasm she had for the cervid industry.

The competition, which was limited to six teams of two students each had three hours to plan and prepare two courses, one appetizer and one entrée, incorporating venison as the primary protein source in each course. Cash awards were given to the top teams on Friday evening at the NADeFA conference.

“We were extremely pleased with the competition and the quality of students aspiring to be future chefs,” stated Laurie Seale, Executive Director of the CLF. “We believe that future chefs should know the nutritional and dietary benefits of venison and by sponsoring this competition, have introduced these future culinary experts to the venison industry and a whole new healthy world of venison, an experience they will take with them when entering into the restaurant profession”. Recipes from the event can be found on the NADeFA website at

The six teams were made up of students of the Owens Community College. The following is the name of the students and the competition results:

1st place - $1000 – Kurt Carnicom and Mathew Campbell

2nd place - $500 – Ron Hipsher and Nicole Compton

3rd place - $300 – Charlene Black and Jennifer Cargle

4th place - $100 – Rebecca Velandra and Christine Hopkins

5th place - $100 – April Holdridge and Martha Everhart

6th place - $100 – Ronni Harteis and Rachel Gelacek

The CLF gives special thanks to Andrea Lawrence, a culinary instructor at the Owens Community College who helped organized the competition. The CLF also thanks “The WildCheff”, Denny Corriveau, for his participation in judging the competition, the Exotic Wildlife Association and Broken Arrow Ranch, Texas, for providing the venison for the competition, and the following people for sponsoring the cash awards for the various winning places:

1st place – Brad Thurston of Luke’s Run, Indiana; 2nd place - Hank Dimuzio of LedgEnd Farm, Vermont; 3rd place Charly and Laurie Seale of Maple Hills Farms, Wisconsin and Medera Ranch, Texas; 4th place - Brian Cahill of Dream Chaser Farm, Pennsylvania; 5th place – Dr. Sam Vainisi of Eaton Highland Farm, Wisconsin; 6th place – Brad and Shirley Farmer of Farmer’s Fallow Deer, Kansas.

*The North American Deer Farmer’s Association is an association representing an industry that has an annual economic impact on this nation’s economy of $3 billion. NADeFA is a political voice for approximately 15,000 deer breeders, ranchers and farmers across the nation. They represent the deer industry by working closely with state and federal legislators and regulatory agencies to develop rules and regulations that govern the deer industry. NADeFA is dedicated to the promotion of deer farming and ranching as an agricultural pursuit and serves its members through its educational programs, publications and by providing leadership in setting and maintaining quality standards.

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