Chef Sharon Hage and Paula Lambert. (Photography by Nancy Nichols)

Chef Sharon Hage Serves Songbird Supper at Trinity River Audubon Center

Last night, 210 people were seated at a long community table that serpentined through the grassland outside of the Trinity River Audubon Center.

Last night, 210 people were seated at a long community table that serpentined through the grassland outside of the Trinity River Audubon Center. The occasion was the Songbird Supper fundraiser for the TRAC. They use the proceeds from the event to fund their extensive educational programs that introduce more than 20,000 students a year to the wonders of nature.

The longest long-table dinner I've ever seen. (Photography by Nancy Nichols).
The longest long-table dinner I’ve ever seen. (Photography by Nancy Nichols).
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Braised greens with smoked ham hock. (Photography by Nancy Nichols)
Braised greens with smoked ham hock. (Photography by Nancy Nichols)
Chris McGathey

Most of the people I talked to were at the TRAC for their first time. They bought tickets to eat Sharon Hage’s cooking. Hage didn’t disappoint. The meal, served family style, included waygu beef from Rosewood Ranches, rosemary chicken from Windy Meadows, beets with black olives, braised greens, butternut and pomegranate slaw, cornbread dressing, and a sumptuous compote of fall fruit.

Nick Ballarini serenaded the crowd. (Photography by Nancy Nichols)
Nick Ballarini serenaded the crowd. (Photography by Nancy Nichols)
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Director Ben Jones talks owl before he leads a group into the night. (Photography by Nancy Nichols)
Director Ben Jones talks about owls before he leads a group into the night. (Photography by Nancy Nichols)
Chris McGathey

Post-dinner, TRAC director Ben Jones led a candle-lit owl prowl through the dark forest. If you haven’t been to TRAC, check out the fabulous activities they offer. Also, save the date (May7)  for their popular Scissor-tails and Cocktails event.

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