Seared Venison with Red Wine Chocolate Sauce & Wild Rice with Cranberries Cherry Plank Game Hen with Porcini Quinoa Pilaf Cedar Plank Salmon with Moroccan Couscous Stuffed Acorn Squash with Wild Rice and Porcini Mushroom Maple Plank Pork Tenderloin with Farro Risotto Seared Steak with Red Wine Chocolate Sauce & Wild Rice with Cranberries

Healthy Dinners for Your Busy Lifestyle


Plank Grilling Workshop
Tom Tom Festival 2017

Tom Tom Festival 2017

Plank Grilling Workshop


Cooking can get tedious. Eric & Leslie explain techniques to cook on wood planks for adding another idea for your meals. From soaking, to what type of wood is best for grilling veges and meats. They'll help  you feel confident to try a new way of grilling.   

Kids in the Kitchen


Hunter Gatherer Dinners served healthy tacos during Junior League's "Kids in the Kitchen" event. They got to pick from healthy toppings and we explained what food group they were eating from and how it strengthened their body. 

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Afton couple provides 'gourmet twist' to harvesting meals


Home delivery meals like Plated, Blue Apron and Home Chef are popular for busy cooks on the go. A Nelson County resident has his own twist on mixing such convenient dishes with personally harvested wild game or meat from your butcher shop or store.


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Leslie Benz talks to a customer about Hunter Gatherer Game Dinners, a business she developed with the help of a Community Investment Collaborative training workshop. Entrepreneurs set up stands inside Whole Foods Market on Monday for the third annual entrepreneur showcase. Photo/Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress

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Community Investment Collaborative and Whole Foods set up a food demo for our company and others. NBC29 and The Daily Progress were there to catch highlights of the evening. 

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Featured in Edible Blue Ridge

Spring 2015


Rare is the home cook who can rush home from work and turn out dishes like maple plank tenderloin with porcini risotto or cedar plank salmon with a honey-lavender glaze and Moroccan couscous (pictured). Thankfully, Eric and Leslie Benz have got it down to a science with their Afton-based Hunter Gatherer "dinner kits"-which can all be prepared within 40 minutes. (Kits will include everything that you need, except the meat.) About $12. at Foods of All Nations, Spice Diva in Charlottesville/Albemarle.



  Featured in The Virginian-Pilot


Being a Virginia's Finest product, we were invited to attend the 2014 Food & Beverage Expo.


   The Virginian-Pilot interviewed and included us in the Hampton Roads Newspaper - April 2, 2014


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By Lorraine Eaton

The Virginian-Pilot


 Cedar Plank Salmon with Moroccan Couscous

Eric Benz reluctantly likens his cedar-plank dinner kits to Hamburger Helper. But, really, that’s a bit like comparing champagne to Kool-Aid.

Each kit contains a cedar plank for grilling, separate packets of organic spices and herbs for the main dish and the makings of a nutritional and out-of-the-ordinary side dish. There’s a short shopping list on the back of the box to make things simpler still.

Making dinner this way might not be as easy as Hamburger Helper, but it’s going to taste way better. Consider a few of the kits: Cedar Plank Salmon with Moroccan Couscous, Cherry Plank Game Hen with Porcini Quinoa Pilaf and Seared Steak with Red Wine Chocolate Sauce & Wild Rice with Cranberries.

It’s no surprise that Benz is a chef.

$14 to $18.50 each, plus shipping, or try the “Savor the Flavor Kit by Month,” three months for $40. At