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Michael's Genuine Serves Peter Cottontail for Easter

House-made rabbit pate at Michael's Genuine.
House-made rabbit pate at Michael's Genuine.

Michael's Genuine is known for many of their staple servings, but one sporadic menu item in particular keeps guests chatting, well after it departs the building. Popping up on the menu (or shall we say, hopping on?) every so often, are rabbits from Rabbit Man Farms. They tend to lure both local foodies and curious bystanders, alike.

But this semi-rare culinary experience is challenging the universe's rules of irony this weekend.

Easter Sunday is fast approaching. The holiday's mascot is usually, well, a fluffy, smiling bunny. Rabbit isn't exactly a customary Easter feast in any culture. In fact, sticking your fork inside of little Bunny Foo-Foo on Easter Sunday evokes a morbid visual. It may be hard to swallow at the traditional family table, considering you very well may be surrounded -- everywhere -- by cute, cuddly visuals of bunnies.

Chef Bradley Herron, chef de cuisine at Michael's Genuine, is proposing you get out of the house and enjoy a slightly different version of an Easter meal.


Herron's take on the whole "Bunnies for Easter" debate is leaning towards, a glass half.... roasted? This week, he plans to roast whole rabbits in a wood burning oven. Served alongside will be fresh lemon and salsa verde.

The chef himself explains:

New Times: So you guys are familiar with sometimes serving up rabbit at Michael's Genuine, huh? How do your patrons feel about it?
Bradley Herron: Our guests like rabbit a lot. Whenever I run a dish featuring rabbit, it most always sells out the first night.

Rabbit isn't a customary Easter dinner, is it? So, why?
It's no what most people think of when they think of spring and Easter. But I think of asparagus, mushrooms and rabbits. It's just one if those things I love to cook in the springtime.

How big will they be?
One to two pounds.

Do you save any of the feet for good luck?
No.

Try it for yourself this weekend. The Easter rabbit dinner will be priced anywhere between $34-$38. Sadly, if you happen you miss the feast, you can always see if they are serving up their house-made rabbit pate. The board includes cornichon, dijon, mostarda like golden raisin, as well as a slice of grilled sourdough bread.

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