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Atomic Grill Hosts Morgantown Teen's 'Premiere Dinner'

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One of three rabbit dishes served up by the Atomic Grill. One of three rabbit dishes served up by the Atomic Grill.

The Atomic Grill in Morgantown held a premiere dinner featuring rabbit, courtesy of a Morgantown teenager.

Kody Fowler, 13, has been working over the last two years to develop a business plan to breed and sell California rabbits for meat production.

"This is my first night here with the rabbits," said Fowler. "I went with 4-H, and decided I wanted to do an animal project, instead of just doing one of those books. I partnered with the Atomic Grill, and decided that I wanted to sell rabbits."

The Atomic Grill featured three rabbit dinner entrees, all made from Fowler's products. The restaurant was running low on supplies within a couple hours of the dinner's 5:00 PM start.

"This is some of the best rabbit I've tasted in about 20 years," said Chef Sean Coombs. "It's like he read the rabbits a bed time story every night. The meat is so tender and fresh.

Fowler joined 4-H, a youth organization administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help kids learn how to develop interpersonal and business skills, since he was very interested in learning about entrepreneurship at an early age.

"We were able to pick a project that he was able to do in a very small setting with a little rabbit hutch," said Fowler's mother, and Mountainview Mountaineers 4-H leader, Jennifer Turner. "So, the first year, he just raised his rabbits and then he got into the meat rabbit project and we got to expand the farm and make it bigger."

Raising animals is nothing new to Fowler's family. Turner raised prize hogs growing up in western Monongalia County, and used money from competitions towards a nursing degree from Fairmont State University. Like Turner, Fowler has his own bank account, and is saving his money for college.

Fowler, a card-carrying member of The American Rabbit Breeders Association, now hopes to expand his Hasenpffefer Farm, named after part of an old Bugs Bunny cartoon.

He currently has 14 rabbits, and looks to improve his watering systems, as well as continue to find new local businesses to sell to.