I am dreaming about Bovinoche. Next month’s giant feast of animals has been on my bucket list for a couple of years and I finally get to cross it off. I’m not only going, I’m helping my friend and chef, Liz Bardsley cook! When she asked me, it was seriously a holy s moment. A holy s yes moment!
If you are unfamiliar with Bovinoche, let me fill you in. Local food man, Jeff Banister, and friends started the annual cookout event a couple years back and it’s hit the big time with coverage from Wall Street Journal and The Cooking Channel and AOL.com’s Anthony Eats America. The ceremonial Asado cooking style Banister saw coming out of South America inspired this barbecue meat feast. A few friends, a lot of metal and some hefty welding produced giant grills and rotisseries capable of handling up to a 800lb + cow. On the menu this year: 1 cow, 6 goats, 6 lambs (3 local, 3 from New Zealand), 5-6 pigs, 1 boar and 1 ram from Buck and Boar in Swansee, South Carolina, 1 whole alligator from Louisiana, 20 chickens, and 2-4 turkeys. (The VIP night on Friday promises a whole swordfish.) It’s not a meal for the weak of heart, but it doesn’t get any hotter than straight off the grill, does it?
This year’s line-up of chefs include Chef Mike Moore from Seven Sows Bourbon and Larder in Asheville, Denny Trantham, former head chef of the Grove Park Inn,jimihatt who is the co-founder/creator of Guerrilla Cuisine, an underground supper club in Charleston. and Chef Pat Wagner of Greenville Tech Culinary program. Also BBQ chefs Tiger and Bo of Greenville’s famed Henry’s Smokehouse, Wayne Preston of Bucky’s BBQ and Randall Night of Nards BBQ and Catering. BBQ champions, Jack Waiboer and Dan Caskie from Charleston will also be around lending a hand.
Word is the event has inspired a television show featuring Banister, Mike Moore, Jimmi Hat and Denny Tranham. Looks like the first episode will be shot during this year’s Bovinoche.
Alright folks, ready to get your grub on? For tickets to the May 17th event, go here or stop by The Community Tap. are Tickets run $30-$35 for food. Beer and wine for sale on site. Be sure you comment below, if you’re going and if you see Gap Creek Gourmet, come by and say hi!
One more thing, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics, St Anthony’s Catholic School and Greenville’s Loaves and Fishes. Chow on.