Irene native to serve up Lewis & Clark fare

Irene native to serve up Lewis & Clark fare Irene area residents will be among the first in the country to experience first-hand the foods of the Corps of Discovery from the brand new book, The Food Journal of Lewis & Clark: Recipes for an Expedition, by Irene native Mary Gunderson. On March 27, at the Irene Community Center, the author will present Paleocuisineology¨, her fact-solid, lighthearted approach to food history during a special "Taste the Journey of a Lifetime" supper.

While dinners dig into buffalo, turnip, and berry stew, a recipe from the book, Gunderson will talk about the range of foods eaten on the Expedition and bring the journey alive through the experience of food. Guests will sample foods from the more than 80 recipes she developed based on the travelers' journal entries. Throughout the evening, Gunderson will be on hand to personally autograph books.

Irene's own troubador, Mac McDonald, will join the festivities, singing original tunes about the Corps of Discovery. Along with Gunderson's expertise and McDonald's music, even the buffalo will be local: Phil and Kristi Broderson's area-raised buffalo are on the menu.

Tickets are $15 for one or $25 for two and available at The Tri-County News and Wells Fargo Bank. Paid advance reservations are required; no tickets are available at the door. Proceeds from the event, including a portion of each book sold that evening, will be used for improvements at the community center.

Gunderson graduated from Irene High School in 1973 and studied journalism and home economics at Iowa State University. As an author and historian, Gunderson highlights adventures in history and what people ate. Her other books include Cooking on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, American Indian Cooking before 1500, Cowboy Cooking, Oregon Trail Cooking, Pioneer Farm Cooking, Southern Plantation Cooking; and Today's Herbal Kitchen (with the Memphis Herb Society).

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