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Entry from June 01, 2017
“Is this meat really wild?"/"Yes sir, it was absolutely furious when we shot it.”

Some food is listed as “wild,” although many suspect that it’s really farm-raised. A joke is:

Diner: Waiter, is this boar/duck/meat/rabbit/salmon really wild?
Waiter: When we caught/shot it, it was furious!


The joke has been cited in print since at least 2009.


Twitter
Tim Brownson‏
@TimBrownson
Replying to @Mark_Salinas
@Mark_Salinas Is the salmon wild? Wild? It was absolutely livid when I caught it.
5:25 PM - 4 Mar 2009

Twitter
Allotments UK‏
@AllotmentsUK
Re: Taste difference: wild v reared rabbit: excuse me, waiter, is this rabbit wild?ah monsieur , eet wasn’t to ‘appy when we shot eet.... http://bit.ly/csPRNP
5:29 AM - 12 Nov 2010

Chef Peter Blakeway
Wild Food
June 23, 2011 | Posted in:Uncategorized
This week the Monteith’s Wild Food Challenge kicks off again, with restaurants and bars all over the country competing to use the most extreme wild food from their area. The concept of wild food is one I always find interesting for as the old joke goes, “ waiter is this meat really wild?” answer “Yes sir, it was absolutely furious when we shot it”. You can stop cringing now, that is the only attempt at a joke this week.

Twitter
Oxley’s Carvery‏
@OxleysCarvery
“Waiter waiter !!! Is this salmon wild ?” “.....Ferocious sir Ferocious !! “
12:57 PM - 7 Oct 2011

Twitter
Maggie Pace‏
@pace_salsa
Is this salmon wild? Oh yeah it’s a real party animal *silence* @Partycouple @Wait_Ress
8:24 PM - 10 Nov 2012 from Missouri, MO

Village Pump
What Does the Doctor think this month? December 2012
Posted on December 11, 2012 by Ray Thompson
(...)
It works equally well when the diner, eating wild boar in a posh restaurant, asks “Was this boar really wild?” “Oh Sir” replied the waiter “Was it wild? When we shot it it was absolutely ++++++furious”

Twitter
Carolyn Prior‏
@CarolynPrior
Replying to @Nforindefinite
@Nforindefinite Is the rabbit wild?  It was furious!!
3:21 PM - 28 Mar 2013

Twitter
Alex Watts‏
@alexwatts
@paulosullivano oh dear. That’s almost as bad as:
Is the duck wild?
Wild? It’s fucking livid.
#foodjokes
7:30 AM - 17 Sep 2013

Twitter
Anne Western‏
@AnneWestern
Replying to @JordanStapleton
@JordanStapleton @stapleto4 @spence737 ‘Waiter, is this salmon wild?’
‘Wild, sir? It’s flipping furious’
Boom boom
12:39 PM - 16 Sep 2013

Twitter
Gill MacMahon‏
@savouryvinegar
“Is this salmon wild”?
“Wild? It was absolutely furious when I caught it”!
12:39 PM - 1 Feb 2015

Twitter
Monsieur Lebastchi‏
@Toronto_Comedy
Grocery shopper: Is this Salmon Wild?
Seafood Clerk: It’s won ‘Miss Cancun’ three consecutive spring breaks.
11:33 AM - 27 Oct 2015

Twitter
Elayne Boosler‏
@ElayneBoosler
Uh oh. New un-labeled GMO salmon. Better ask. “Is this salmon wild caught?” “Yes! We shot him in the back as he was climbing Mt. Denali.”
12:39 PM - 5 Dec 2015

sunlive (Tauranga, New Zealand)
June 1, 2017
Is this meat really right out of the wild?
Culinary Conversations with Peter Blakeway (Food writer, caterer and private chef)
The concept of wild food is one I always find interesting for, as the old joke goes, “waiter is this meat really wild?” answer “Yes sir, it was absolutely furious when we shot it”. 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, June 01, 2017 • Permalink