MDC welcomes wild game chef Hank Shaw March 13 at Kansas City

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Kansas City, Mo. – Hunters enjoy time afield amid nature and using the lore and skills it takes to be successful. They also enjoy a chance for fine dining. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) welcomes wild game cooking expert Hank Shaw for a presentation 7 to 8 p.m. at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave. in Kansas City.

Shaw is a 2013 James Beard Award winner and author of four best-selling wild game cookbooks. This free program will focus on getting the most flavor and variety of dishes from upland game birds such as pheasants or quail, rabbits, squirrels, and furbearers such as raccoon or beaver.

“I spend my days thinking about new ways to cook and eat anything that walks, flies, swims, crawls, skitters, jumps – or grows,” Shaw writes on his website.

MDC Education Specialist James Worley, a wild game connoisseur and world champion squirrel cooker, says Shaw does an outstanding job of addressing all aspects of wild game cooking and utilizing all cuts of meat.

“From properly handling the animal in the field to getting the best tasting dishes out of every morsel, Hank captures it all,” Worley said.

Copies of Shaw’s books will be on sale the evening of the event. His prior book addressed cooking big game such as deer, elk, moose and antelope. This spring, Shaw is releasing his latest book this spring, Pheasant, Quail, Cottontail: Upland Birds and Small Game from Field to Feast. He will have the new book for sale at the event.

No reservations are required for the program. For more information, call 816-759-7300. Information about the Gorman Discovery Center is available at