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Limp Lizard hosts feral feast on Sunday

— The Limp Lizard BBQ specializes in Southern-style delicacies such as pulled pork, barbecued chicken, catfish, ribs and jambalaya. And no, despite the business’s name, the cooks there never grill iguana.

This Sunday afternoon, however, one of the Limp Lizard’s regular customers, Joe Romano, will host a wild game dinner at the little bar and restaurant at 201 First St. There’s no lizard meat on his menu, but Romano will prepare plenty of venison, pheasant, duck, wild turkey and fish.

Romano, who lives in Liverpool, is a 21st-century Renaissance man. A talented sculptor and carpenter with a shop on North Cypress Street and a home on Hickory Street, Romano’s also a gifted gastronome. For instance, he makes his own maple syrup and his own homemade wine, although I’m sure he’s careful not to mix them.

Pheasant, fish and venison

In any case, here’s what he’s cooking up for Sunday’s wild game feast:

Pheasant riggies, roasted wild turkey with biscuits and gravy, wild duck gumbo, broiled salmon, broiled steelhead and fried walleye.

Deer meat is always plentiful hereabouts, and Joe has devised five recipes for venison ranging from sausages to spiedies. He’ll serve Italian-style venison sausage with peppers and onions, pizza with venison sausage, venison spiedies, venison Golumpki, and venison tacos with dirty rice.

“And we’ll have all the side dishes you’d ever want,” Romano said, “including potatoes, salads and bread.”

So whet your appetite for something wild! Romano’s feral feast gets underway at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Limp Lizard. Dinner costs $15 per person, and door prizes will be awarded; 451-9774.

‘Baseball businessman’

I don’t know about you, but as I scraped snow and ice from the old jalopy last week, I couldn’t help but daydream about baseball. After this especially frigid winter, spring training can’t come soon enough.

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