Thursday, October 11

Eat Like an Animal on Thursday, October 18


Florida Sate of Mind Dinner
Thursday, October 18 
(the night before the 15th Southern Foodways Symposium)
Featuring Vinny Dotolo of Animal and Son of a Gun in Los Angeles, California

at Bouré, on the Square in Oxford, Mississippi

Seating begins at 8:00 and ends at 9:00

5 courses, wines inclusive

$75 per person, plus 20% gratuity and tax, charged at time of reservation

Reservations (required) may be made by calling 662-234-9300

All parties will be seated communally (which means that you and your friends will likely dine with four or more new SFA friends.)

Vinny will offer a taste of both restaurants, channeled through his Florida boyhood:

Smoked Gulf Mullet Dip, Hushpuppy

I grew up in Florida. Smoked fish dip was a constant, on every seaside fish shack menu. 

Fried Chicken Liver Bahn Mi, Smoked Pig Head

When two worlds collide in my head: Vietnamese culture in Los Angeles, where I now live. And the South, where fried chicken livers are a beloved delicacy. 

Sweetbreads a la Grecque

Tarpon Springs, known for sponge diving and seafood, is one of the largest Greek communities in the U.S. As a boy, I traveled to this area almost weekly for souvlaki sandwiches and lemon rice soup. 

Outside Beef Ribeye, Carolina Gold Rice, Radish, Galbi

I eat Korean barbecue at least once a month in Los Angeles. Here, I riff on bibimbap, which means “mixed rice,” using Anson Mills Carolina Gold rice, a staple dating to the antebellum era, and beef from White Oak Pastures, which also supplied the sweetbreads and chicken livers used in other dishes. 


It’s a surprise, comparable to the bacon chocolate crunch bars with salt and pepper ice cream that we serve at Animal.  

Vinny Dotolo and his business partner Jon Shook have been cooking together since they met at culinary school in Florida in 1999. Based in Los Angeles for the past decade, they ran a catering company before opening Animal in 2008. Food & Wine magazine's named them to their 2009 Best New Chefs list.

Animal has developed a devoted following for its imaginative, envelope-pushing meat dishes, which range from chicken-fried sweetbreads to lamb tongue ravioli. Their personalities burn bright, too. In a 2010 New Yorker profile, Dana Goodyear dubbed Vinny and Jon the “Bill and Ted of the Los Angeles culinary scene.” Last year, they opened Son of a Gun, a seafood-centric restaurant where they reference their Florida roots with dishes such as alligator schnitzel.

Seating is limited! Don't miss your chance to eat like an Animal.