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Feed the Mosasaur Festival’s gourmet dinner will feature French cuisine

Are you looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other? Or do you simply enjoy fine dining?

Either way, the second annual Feed the Mosasaur Festival at Georgia Southern University is a planning an event that will appeal to both passionate lovers and discriminating diners.

A fund-raiser for the Georgia Southern Museum, the cooking and food festival will begin on the evening of Friday, March 2, with a gourmet dinner dubbed Cuisine Cum Laude.

Prepared by Stephen Minton, one of only two certified executive chefs in all of southeast Georgia, the five-course dinner will feature French cuisine, wine and cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music.

‘What could be better than surprising your loved one with an invitation to such a special evening?” asked Wendy Denton, the assistant director of the Museum.

The dinner will begin at 7 p.m. in the ballroom of the Nessmith-Lane Continuing Education Building. Tickets are $75 per person, but the festival is offering a special group rate of $400 for a six-person table.

‘We’ve made things very easy for the gentlemen this year,” Denton said. ‘Three of them can get together and, by reserving a table for six, they’ve solved their Valentine problem just that quickly.”

The festival gets its name from the mosasaur, a 78-million-year-old fossil skeleton that dominates the Georgia Southern Museum’s Hall of Natural History.

The Feed the Mosasaur activities will continue on Saturday, March 3, with a public food festival that will feature cuisine from some of the region’s most popular restaurants. The March 3 schedule will also include the Cooking With Class Institute, the Best Bites Amateur Bake-Off, and the Best Bites Signature Dish Competition.

The Cooking With Class Institute is a series of 50-minute classes that focus on specific dishes and styles of cooking. The classes will include Cajun cooking, cake decorating, high tea, Indian cooking, introductory wine appreciation, romantic desserts, tapas, and wild-game cooking. There will also be special classes for children.
The fee for each class ranges from $10 to $25, and advance registration is required.

The Amateur Bake-Off is open to amateur cooks of all ages. There will be categories for bread, cake, cookies and bars, and pies. In addition, there will be a dessert competition for children, with separate categories for ages 4-9 and 10-14.

The top three entries in each category of the Amateur Bake-Off will receive a ribbon, with the first-place contestants also receiving a festival T-shirt. In addition, the recipes for all first-, second- and third-place entries will appear in the 2008 edition of the official ‘Feed the Mosasaur Cookbook.”

There is no entry fee for the Amateur Bake-Off, but all entries will be sold at the festival’s bake sale, with the proceeds going to the Museum.

The Signature Dish Competition is open to all professional food service providers. There will be categories for appetizers, Asian food, barbeque, bread, dessert, entrees, fried chicken, Mexican food and pizza.

Judging for the Signature Dish Competition will be conducted on Monday, Feb. 26, and the winners will be announced at the festival on March 3.

For more information on the Feed the Mosasaur Festival, visit, email or call (912) 681-5993.

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