Cavan serves Vanishing Paradise Supper Sept. 13

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Chef Nathan Richard of Cavan is preparing a five-course meal Sept 13 highlighting freshwater species native to Louisiana wetlands. - COURTESY LEBLANC + SMITH
  • COURTESY LeBLANC + SMITH
  • Chef Nathan Richard of Cavan is preparing a five-course meal Sept 13 highlighting freshwater species native to Louisiana wetlands.

If you’ve never tried nutria, Asian carp or garfish, here’s your chance.

Chef Nathan Richard of Cavan (3607 Magazine St., 504-509-7655) serves a five-course dinner highlighting freshwater species found in Louisiana wetlands at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13.

The Vanishing Paradise Supper is part of an ongoing effort from the National Wildlife Federation to get chefs and diners more familiar with freshwater species, including those that are invasive and wreaking havoc on the ecosystem, such as Asian carp and nutria.

Richard, who hails from Thibodaux, designed the menu following months of recipe testing and site visits to the wetlands. While working at Kingfish, the chef threw a series of Alligator dinners in which diners sampled alligator meats from head to tail.

Wednesday’s dinner features carp and chips served with a malt vinegar aioli; alligator, garfish and nutria charcuterie; turtle egg carbonara with garfish tasso; and alligator roulade with griddle gravy and grits.

An additional $25 beer pairing includes selections from Mudbug Brewery with each dish.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Vanishing Paradise, a program of the National Wildlife Federation that advocates for the restoration of the Mississippi river delta.

Tickets to the dinner are $65 and can be purchased by emailing the restaurant at info@cavannola.com or calling (504) 509-7655.


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