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Illinois launches anti-hunger program featuring Asian carp

September 22, 2011 at 07:12 AM

The Associated Press

CHICAGO—Spaghetti with Asian carp sauce?

Illinois officials hope serving the invasive species is the solution to two big problems: controlling the plankton-gobbling carp from entering the Great Lakes and record numbers of people facing hunger.

It’s not without obstacles, including overcoming the nose-crinkling response to eating a fish that grows to 100 pounds and has been featured on YouTube for its ability to sail out of the water.

Starting Thursday, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will host a cooking demonstration in hopes of changing the fish’s image.

Getting carp to food pantries is months off.

There’s currently no system in place for netting Asian carp in large amounts and distributing it, but officials say this is a first step.

Here is the media advisory from DNR:


Media Advisory

CHICAGO, IL- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will expand its popular ‘Target Hunger Now!’ program by making protein rich Asian carp available to Illinois families.  The Department will demonstrate recipes at a dinner event featuring famed Louisiana Chef Philippe Parola.  ‘Target Hunger Now!’ is a humanitarian effort which provides food banks and other organizations throughout the state with donated venison and now Asian carp. 

Members of the media are invited to arrive at 3:30 CT for a taste test and to see how Chef Philippe Parola prepares the fish.

What:  ‘Target Hunger Now!’ Asian Carp Dinner

When:  Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 from 4-6 p.m. CT (media tasting at 3:30 p.m. CT)

Where:  Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory High School
5088 West Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60644

Who: Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Feeding Illinois Chef Philippe Parola, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
State Representative La Shawn K. Ford (8th District)

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