WBEZ | delafield american legion http://www.wbez.org/tags/delafield-american-legion Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 86th Annual Tom McNulty Coon Feed http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/86th-annual-tom-mcnulty-coon-feed-105189 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8426009213/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/coonfeedtablecard.jpg" style="width: 620px;" title="Coon Feed table card at the Delafield American Legion Post 196 in Wisconsin (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>Table cards and a heated waiting tent &mdash; with retro lounge seating and bar waiter service no less &mdash; at Coon Feed? With the trend-setting communal tables and perfectly roasted raccoon, one might think one was dining at a fancy restaurant in Chicago.</p><p>While <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-09/huntress-gatherer-cuisine-102176">Elizabeth has served a raccoon bolognese</a>, and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Next-Restaurant/114693845229862">Next&#39;s current theme is The Hunt</a>, they have a long way to go with wild game compared to the veterans at the <a href="http://www.delafieldlegion.com/">Delafield American Legion Post 196</a>, who served the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/130151323814610/">86th Annual Tom McNulty Coon Feed</a> in Wisconsin this past Saturday.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8425984155/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/coonfeedplate.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Coon Feed dinner with roasted raccoon, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, turkey, bread, relish tray, and local Delafield craft beer (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">I wrote about <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-01-26/85th-annual-coon-feed-95828">Coon Feed extensively last year</a>, though I missed it because of my visit to Japan&#39;s earthquake and tsunami recovery region.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Especially after that visit, I&#39;m relieved to report that the annual raccoon dinner remains mostly unchanged.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8425996267/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/coonfeeddumbwaiter.jpg" style="width: 620px;" title="Coon Feed roasted raccoon delivery system (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">As usual, about 300 diners feasted on this increasingly rare delicacy. Though this year, a near record number of raccoons was served, 80 or so, up from 60 in recent years.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8427079134/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/coonfeedtakeout.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Coon Feed takeout and apron (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">So much so that they generously gave me a half-gallon container of raccoon meat to take home. Of course I will share with my friends at WBEZ.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8426018373/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/coonfeedlillian.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Coon Feed hostess Lillian McNulty (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">Coon Feed hostess Lillian McNulty held court, her tiny frame sporting the 86th annual commemorative t-shirt. She donated t-shirt proceeds to&nbsp;the local Waukesha County chapter of the <a href="http://www.iwla.org/">Izaak Walton League of America</a>. The dinner proceeds benefit American Legion youth programs. Though I&#39;d say the dinner benefits those of us who return year after year.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">While the <a href="http://www.delafieldlegion.com/auxiliary.php">Delafield Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 196</a> does a mean dessert table, a visit to Wisconsin would not be complete without frozen custard. Fancy places like <a href="http://www.shakeshack.com/">Shake Shack</a> might copy custard, but there&#39;s only one Coon Feed.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8425979221/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/koppsmrfudgie.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Kopp's Frozen custard Mr. Fudgie with hot fudge (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/86th-annual-tom-mcnulty-coon-feed-105189