“You’re invited to the Bug Banquet,” the email read. Ewwww! Must I go? I am psychologically averse to insects, but as a good sport, I’ll try.
The Bug Banquet is a culinary exploration of entomophagy, the practice of eating insects. It was created as an “experience” to help guests enjoy insects as food. Founders Chloé Bulpin, a senior at at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Alex Gandarillas and Matt Kominsky, two Johnson & Wales University culinary students, believe in the power of visual imagery to educate.
The intriguing menu was served cocktail style and the presentation was gorgeous.
- Pesto Flatbread: cricket pesto, mozzarella and artichokes
- Tempura Skewers: crickets, silkworms and scallions with a spicy sriracha sauce
- Watermelon and Waterbugs: compressed watermelon, apple and waterbug
- Spicy Silkworm: Korean-style marinated silkworms with hummus and roasted cauliflower
- Dark Chocolate-Coated Crickets
- Sundae Shooters: waterbug ice cream, caramel, and banana
- Several different cookies and tarts made with cricket flour
How did the creations taste? The comment most often overheard was, “I would never have known.” Ground crickets in pesto tasted “like escargot.” Waterbugs had a “floral extract that is not off-putting.” Roasted crickets tasted “like roasted fava beans with a crunchy outside and a mushy middle.” Dark Chocolate-Coated Crickets were “reminiscent of a Ferrero Rocher candy.”
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