Steven Rinella visits Asheville from New York City as a special guest at the Blind Pig Supper Clubs - Escoffier: Dinner for the King on March 18th, 2012. Rinella is an avid outdoorsman with a deep respect for wildlife. He's also a hunter. Known for his ability to translate the hunting lifestyle to a wide variety of audiences, Rinella will present a talk "Hunting for Food: An Ancient Path through Modern Life".
A self-described "modern-day hunter-gatherer", Rinella punctuates his talks with stories of amazing and sometimes absurd adventures, ranging from falling through the ice in Michigan to getting poisoned by wild mushrooms in Alaska. Underneath, he is a serious journalist, incisive observer, and defender of the wilderness.
He is the author of The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine (Miramax Books, 2005) and American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon (Random House, 2008). The latter title won the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. is writing has appeared in a wide variety of popular publications including Outside, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Salon.com, besides traditional hunting and fishing publications like Field and Stream, Bowhunter, and the National Rifle Association's American Hunter online.
Currently, he is on the editorial staff of Petersen's Hunting, where he writes a monthly column. In 2011, Rinella hosted The Wild Within on the Travel Channel. In 2012, Rinella began on his new show "Meat Eater" on the Sportsman Channel. He was born in Twin Lake, Michigan, and has lived in Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska. He currently resides in New York and maintains a moldy hunting and fishing shack in southeast Alaska.