Wild Game Feast To Be Held At McCbg. Firehall
Hauver’s culinary skills will be on display Saturday evening, January 25, at 5 p.m. at McConnellsburg Firehall, when he will be preparing a variety of dishes for the inaugural Wild Game Feast that benefits the Fulton County Medical Center Foundation’s Scholarship Fund.
“I’m looking forward to preparing this menu,” said Hauver, who has worked at Saint James School since 2006. “Having been classically and Old World trained, this should be a lot of fun. It will be great to have the hunters sample wild game using some different applications and fresh ingredients. Most won’t deviate from a few wellworn recipes that were handed down through generations, and by no means am I trying to disrespect ‘Uncle Earl’s’ famous venison shoulder steak recipe. I will be there to field any questions folks may have concerning the menu items.”
At age 16 Hauver was busing tables and washing dishes. A year later he was slinging hash. By his mid 20s, he had been a line cook with more than seven years of experience at some of the local high-end restaurants in the Tri-State area.
By then he had reached a level where he could not advance without a college degree. He attended the Baltimore International Culinary College where he studied with “ 18- year- olds.” He earned his Associates of Arts in classical French cuisine. He completed a six-month apprenticeship in Ireland at the Park Hotel where he trained under master chef Peter Timmons. They became friends and Timmons invited him to work beside him at various culinary salons throughout England, France and Ireland, including the Culinary Olympics held in Paris in 1992.
Hauver returned to his Hagerstown roots where he worked as head chef at the South Mountain Inn and sous chef at the Airport Inn before venturing into restaurant ownership.
Does he enjoy cooking at home? No. He had hamburger steak, gravy and oven fries the night before this interview. “If I can get someone to cook dinner for me, that’s the greatest thing in the world,” chimed Hauver.
The event will also feature guest speaker Donnie Kirby.
He is one of the four members that make up Team Legend Outdoors, which has traveled throughout the United States and Canada on hunting expeditions. He will talk about his favorite excursion, share his experiences working with youths and wounded veterans and will give a few hunting tips.
“I’m looking forward to the evening,” said Kirby. “I’m an ordinary guy who loves to hunt. Our team has been for- tunate to travel to a lot of great places to hunt and to film hunts. We have met a lot of great people. I hope the audience that night will enjoy some of my stories about those people, places and experiences.”
Since 2001 Fulton County Medical Center has awarded scholarships (stipends) ranging from $250 to $1,500 to area students who are pursuing a career in healthcare. Graduating high school seniors and college students are eligible to apply for financial assistance that requires formal paperwork and an interview process.
Several students who received financial assistance have returned to our area to apply their skills, and several recipients in 2013 have set goals to do the same. “We take pride in the fact that our students of today want to return to their roots to serve their communities of tomorrow,” said Loy Garber, Scholarship Committee chair.