The Whirl: Taste of the Wild

On Oct. 13, WALTER presented its annual event that celebrates the joy and deliciousness of sourcing local, Taste of the Wild. Held in the courtyard of the recently opened Boxyard RTP, the evening included a mashup of offerings from several culinary pros: chefs Jake Wood and Sunny Gerhart, oyster fisherwoman Ana Shellem, and brewer Sean Wilson.

As guests checked in, staff passed oysters sourced by Shellem, offered with a tart rosé mignonette, and guests sampled beers from Fullsteam Brewery and wine from RTP Uncorked. For the first course, Wood and Gerhart came up with a smoked boudin with chow chow aioli, and the second course included smoked mussels served in a creamy coconut curry broth. Desert was a tres leches cake, and each course included wine and beer pairings.
During the dinner, each of the culinary professionals had a chance to talk about their connection to supporting North Carolina farming and fishing.

WALTER would like to thank its presenting sponsor, Great Outdoor Provision Co., and supporting sponsor, Green Front Interiors & Rugs, for making this event possible. Thank you also to our partners Fullsteam Brewery, Lawrence BBQ, Shell’em Seafood, St. Roch Fine Oysters + Bar, RTP Uncorked, and Workshop Media who made the whole evening delicious, informative — and fun.  


This article originally appeared in the December 2021 issue of WALTER magazine.