Would you eat bugs? MFA St. Pete to host insect-centric dinner, Bugsgiving

A selection of dishes were bugs are the key ingredient

The original Lion King introduced us to the vibrant foodie sprawl of grub in the wild. That grub turned out to be small, protein-packed bugs. While the cartoon animation sure made the creepy crawlers looks delectable, in reality they’re not as palatable. Of course, looks can be deceiving. Chef Joseph Yoon of Brooklyn Bugs sees bugs as the future of food, and he’s bringing his recipes and philosophy to the Sunshine City for the Museum of Fine Art’s special BugsGiving Dinner. Color us intrigued.

10 dishes featuring insects as an ingredient

This dinner pairs with the MFA St. Pete’s new exhibit, “‘The Grasshopper and The Ant’ and Other Stories.” Chef Yoon will present a tasting menu of 10 dishes where insects will be cooked into a dish, featured as the main ingredient or applied in a variety of other ways, according to the MFA St. Pete’s website. The tasting will be complemented by a signature cocktail.

Guests will enjoy a live music experience while they dine. DJ HPrizm of Antipop Consortium will provide music that incorporates the sounds of various insects.

A diet designed to preserve food security for the future

The ento cuisine movement is making its way into the Western diet. Bugs are easy to raise, and require far less land and resources to keep. Brooklyn Bugs mission is to showcase the benefits of a insect-centric diet. With a flair for foodie presentation, Brooklyn Bugs may make insect eaters out of us all.

Brooklyn Bugs has been featured on The Smithsonian Channel, and has presented The Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, The New York Hall of Science, and The Culinary Institute of America.

Alter your perception of bugs from pests to edible treats

The mission of BugsGiving is to alter your perception of bugs from pests to edible insects. It’s $50 to attend for MFA St. Pete members, and $60 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online.

BugsGiving takes place on Friday, November 15 from 6-9pm. Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE. 

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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