The 47th Annual Witte Game Dinner Ushers In New Era For Museum
By Shannon Miller Turner Photography by Greg Harrison
THE SCENE: The 47th annual Witte Game Dinner, recently held on the grounds of the museum, served to celebrate the first year of the “New Witte” and to raise funds for educational programs, operations and exhibitions. The event was chaired by Susan Naylor and honored Peggy Walker and Sam Dawson, co-chairs of the organization’s capital campaign.
THE VIBE: As the museum’s largest annual fundraiser, the Game Dinner lived up to its name. Both live and silent auctions offered the perfect partnership for a concert by country vocalist Aaron Lewis. Additional décor by Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers and Alex Woerhle included a glorious floral phoenix representing the evening’s theme, Carrying the Torch With Texas Flair, generously donated by Susan Naylor.
During a reception at the Witte’s Valero Great Hall, Rosemary’s Catering took guests palates traveling throughout Texas inside and outside the Witte with a Texas Farmers Market theme that was filled with local farmed greens and vegetables, sausage and charcuterie. The Texas game meat stations, with roasted and smoked meats carved to order, also featured crisp chicken fried quail stations with creamy gravy and buttermilk biscuits. The South Texas stations provided achiote grilled hangar steak tacos, venison enchiladas and hand-patted gorditas. The Taste of Seafood stations were highlighted with Texas shrimp, lobster and crawfish boil, blackened redfish and paellas. The evening’s desserts served in the South Texas Heritage Center included donut walls, sweet and spicy ancho brownies, kettle corn cupcakes and a D.I.Y. s’mores station.
THE CAUSE: Founded in 1926, the Witte Museum is where science, nature and culture meet… among the themes of land, water and sky. Located on the banks of the San Antonio River, The Witte is San Antonio’s premiere museum that promotes lifelong learning through exhibitions, programs and collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage.