“It’s an animal we should be eating a lot more of,” says Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel’s popular show. “It’s lean and good for you.”
Plus, “every time we eat a meal like rabbit — or go vegetarian for a meal — we are taking one less meal from the factory-farm world.”
Zimmern was in Kansas City last July to film a segment on Kansas City featuring a roasted woodchuck cooked on a rotisserie at Justus Drugstore chef Jonathan Justus’ house near Smithville, Mo.
“It actually was one of my favorite shows from that season,” Zimmern says, recalling how the animal’s heart and liver tasted like the strawberries it had been cadging from Justus’ garden.
Although no sampling will be allowed at Zimmern’s cooking demo, the rise of the craft butcher culture makes rabbit easier to find: “Increasingly rabbits are locally raised and sourced. These are not weird animals — they’re just not the pig, lamb, beef, chicken in our supermarkets.”
For those who are hungering for less bizarre meats, Chipotle will be selling chorizo tacos at the event.
The event, at Penn Valley Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, will include exhibits and kids’ activities. Admission is free, and there will be beer, wine and food for sale.
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Michael Corvino, The American Restaurant
12:55-1:35 p.m.: Gerard Craft, Sardella in St. Louis
2:15-3 p.m.: Colby Garrelts, Bluestem and Rye
3:45-4:30 p.m.: Andrew Zimmern
5:15-6 p.m.: Carla Hall, “The Chew”
11:15-11:45 a.m.: Hembree
12:15-12:55 p.m.: The Knocks
1:35-2:15 p.m.: JR JR
3-3:45 p.m.: The Mowgli’s
4:30-5:15 p.m.: Atlas Genius
6-7 p.m.: Broods