On Friday night, I attended a great event, that was part of the Texas Wine and Food Festival. It was called “Live Fire”. It was held at the Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Game Ranch. I had never been to this facility, and was completely blown away at what the owners have done with, basically, a dump. Driving in, with a carload of friends, I couldn’t believe the rolling hills of this sprawling ranch. There were herds of all kinds of animals running around, deer like creatures, maybe antelope, ostriches, emu, and even some camels, although I didn’t see those. Next to the parking lot, was an enclosure containing two giraffes.
I am a nature lover, so after mingling with the party guests, and eating some grilled meat, I hid my wine glass and left the party for a while to stalk the wildlife. Next to the giraffes, there was a rhinoceros. This was the most pre-historic creature I’ve ever seen up close.
The ranch is so big, I couldn’t get any meaningful pictures of any of the other animals with my sad camera skills, so I returned to the festivities.
There were chefs from Austin, and lots of other cities, cooking meat over fire everywhere.
It was a sip and stroll affair, with wine tables mixed in with restaurant stations.
There was even a Top Chef contestant in attendance, Casey Thompson. I tried to be a smooth operator, rather than a stalker, but didn’t do so well.
She actually made a delicious squash dish, with mint and goat cheese, which was one of the only vegetable dishes I had all night.
The main pavillion was mostly wine.
I didn’t get to try many of the dishes available, because I got so full so fast.
As the sun set over this house, I really wanted to go explore. It didn’t seem to be open to our party, so I didn’t.
It was a fun night, and I’m so glad I went. And I was happy finally, to get to see the Exotic Game Ranch and would like to go back.