Feast on rare breeds

Endangered breeds of rabbit and pig will be the stars of a menu designed to raise awareness of the need to save these breeds by, yes, eating them. The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, along with chefs Scott Crawford of Herons in Raleigh, N.C. and Bret Jennings of Elaine’s on Franklin in Chapel Hill, N.C., will offer “The Lost Art of Last Cuts,” a cooking demo and luncheon featuring sheep and rabbit. The Nov. 13 event, which will be held at Herons at the Umstead Hotel in Raleigh, N.C., will use three breeds of rare rabbit and Hog Island sheep.

The ALBC, located in Pittsboro, N.C., works to promote endangered breeds of cows, pigs and other livestock in order to retain genetic diversity in our food supply. Why is this important? If all farmers are raising the exact same breed of chicken or rabbit, then disease could easily wipe them out. Also, in many cases, the meat of the older breeds is more tasty.

The cost is $125. Register and get more information here.


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