2020 Invasive Species Cook-off Membership Drive

Your support is even more necessary as the fundraiser won't happen this year! Please join as a member by making a donation by clicking here.

Frog Fry, August 19 2020, 4-5 pm: IAE Executive Director Tom Kaye will fry up a batch of his Cook-off Contest-winning Cajun Bullfrog Legs on Facebook Live!  Join us from the comfort of your own home and learn about invasive bullfrogs. Click here to watch this public video!

The American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) is invasive in the Western U.S.


Invasive Species Cook-offs Past:

What's the Invasive Species Cook-off?  For 8 years, the Invasive Species Cook-off Contest & Dinner has been an event to remember, with dinner featuring invasive plants, live music, and kid activities including lawn games, face painting and an invasive species piñata! The Cook-off Contest has amateur chefs cooking up invasive species and vying for fabulous locally-sourced prizes.

Why are invasive species a problem?

When plants and animals are introduced to areas without their natural enemies, they can crowd out our native species. The U.S. spends over $120 billion annually on their control. We raise awareness of these species in a deliciously fun way that features invasive species. Read more on our recent blog post, Bring them to the table: What you can do to fight non-native plant infestations.


Click here to watch a great video involving frog gigging and past Cook-Offs on Oregon Field Guide.  Thank you OPB!

Tyee Wine Cellars near Corvallis, Oregon, hosted and sponsored the 2019 Invasive Species Cook-off.

Visit our 2019 blog post to see photos from the 2019 Cook-off!

Thank you 2019 Cook-off Contest Entrants: Debbie Johnson, Brad Loveland, Paul Heimowitz, Jana Svoboda, Matt Bahm, Chris Bentley, Randall Bonner, Matthew Kleiner, and Erika Stewart

Esteemed 2019 Judges: Matt Slaughter, Jesse Mitchell, Chris Parson, Victor Berthelsdorf, Andrew Esterson, Ben Axt, Brad Loveland, Molly Monroe, and Ken Bierly. Thank you all!

IAE volunteers are our heroes:  Loree Rose, Owen Dell, Karl Hartzell, Katarina Lunde, Daniel Extrom, Brad Loveland, Desirae Wrathall, Abby Metzger, and Chris Parson. Thank you!

SPONSORS: This is our biggest fundraiser of the year.  If you or your business would like to help, you can submit a raffle prize, or sponsor the event.  Call Michel at 541-53-3099 x 701 or email michelw 'at' appliedeco.org for ways you can get involved!

Cook-off Dish & Beverage Contest Details:

If you make a mean blackberry pie, mint pesto, dandelion wine, knotweed IPA, or anything else that contains invasive plants, then you could win an award! 

Update: All Contest entries must be vegetarian - that means no invasive animals, such nutria, starlings, crawfish, or fish.

Please visit our Invasives harvest guidelines and links before you enter. More specific information on individual invasive species here

Dish entry categories: 

  1. Savory Vegetarian
  2. Dessert
  3. Beverages

Notes: Please make enough of your dish to have several healthy portions for judging and sampling. Bring your dish with you to the Cook-off, and submit it to the Contest table. Need recipe ideas? Check out They’re Cooked, our invasive species cookbook, for some delicious recipe ideas!

Brewed beverage categories (Please note we cannot accept distilled spirits):

  1. Alcoholic (open-style competition)
  2. Non-alcoholic beverage brewed with an invasive species

Examples of past years' beverage entries include: Queen Anne's lace ale, blackberry wine, scotch broom ale, blackberry kombucha, mint lemonade, etc.  Questions? Call Matt at 541-753-3099 x 703.

This event is a fundraiser for the Institute for Applied Ecology, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Thanks for taking a bite out of invasive species!

A huge thank you to our Business Sponsors!


Friends of OSU Old Growth



Does your business support

conservation and habitat restoration?

Call us to discuss sponsoring the Cook-off!

541-753-3099 x 701