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Costa’s annual Wild-Game Feed set for Friday

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Brad Inglis works on the elk and wild pig on the grill during the annual Costa’s Wild Game Feed.

HIME ROMERO/Bulletin file photo

POSTED December 4, 2013 12:00 a.m.

Things are going wild again at Manteca Trailer & Motorhome. For a wild-game feast, that is. And it’s all gratis.

But if you decide to go and taste – all pun intended – a little bit of gastronomical adventure, all you have to do is drop any amount of cash donation in a box located next to the table feast. That’s entirely voluntary, though. Every penny collected will be distributed to needy families and children in the community this Christmas.

That is what’s behind this annual “holiday benefit party” called Costa’s Wild Game Feed, which the Costa brothers, Jim and Jesse of Costa’s Automotive on Button Avenue, have been offering to the public for more than three decades. It’s a philanthropic Christmas tradition whose seed was planted by their late father, Joe, when he became a secret Santa to one of his employees whose family hit dire economic straits during one holiday season.

The wild-game feed is taking place this Friday at Manteca Trailer & Motorhome, 2060 East Yosemite (corner Vasconcellos Avenue), from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Those whose palates are new to this dining experience can follow the hosts’ suggestion by trying “something of everything” on the table which run the gamut – quail, dove, deer, elk, wild pig, bear, goose, pheasant, duck, plus a wide variety of fish such as rock cod, trout, halibut, and salmon, among many others. The smoked salmon is Jim Costa’s specialty from his well-guarded special recipe. This is the only place where you can sample his Omega 3-rich smoked salmon caught straight from Sarah Palin’s back yard where the avid angler – and even more avid hunter – goes every year to enjoy one of his favorite hobbies.

Through the years, friends of the two brothers who are also avid hunters and anglers have contributed to the success of this yearly event by donating to the cause thereby adding more variety to the dishes that are placed on the long tables. These include home-made desserts. Family members and friends join in the fun – and the hard work – by coming in to volunteer as cooks and food servers.

For further information about the Costa’s Wild-game Feed, call Jim or Jesse Costa at (209) 823-0781 or (209) 823-6414.

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