CHICAGO, IL- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will expand its popular ‘Target Hunger Now!’ program by making protein rich Asian carp available to Illinois families.  The Department will demonstrate recipes at a dinner event featuring famed Louisiana Chef Philippe Parola.    ‘Target Hunger Now!’ is a humanitarian effort which provides food banks and other organizations throughout the state with donated venison and now  Asian carp.

Members of the media are invited to arrive at 3:30 CST for a taste test and to see how Chef Philippe Parola prepares the fish.

What:             ‘Target Hunger Now!’ Asian Carp Dinner

When:             Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 from 4-6 p.m. CST (media tasting at 3:30 p.m. CST)

Where:           Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory High School 5088 West Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60644

Who:              Illinois Department of  Natural Resources Feeding Illinois Chef Philippe Parola, Baton Rouge, Louisiana State Representative La Shawn K. Ford (8th District)

*Members of the media wishing to attend must RSVP to Chris McCloud at the Illinois DNR via email (

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