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October 01, 2004

Bugs are on the Menu at the Burke

Bug Blast

Sun., September 19,
10 am – 4:30 pm

See a giant tarantula (6.5”), touch live bugs, and taste multi-legged creatures

Seattle—David Gordon, chef and author of Eat a Bug Cookbook, will be a featured guest at the Burke Museum’s Bug Blast event Sun., Sept. 19 from 10 am to 4:30 pm.

Chef Gordon will prepare an assortment of dishes from his cookbook, which includes a collection of 33 recipes for cooking with grasshoppers, crickets, dragonflies, scorpions, and their kin — and he'll try out a brand new recipe for deep-fried tarantula.Cooking demonstrations, illustrating the many ways to cook up a tasty bug, will be at 12 noon and 2 pm.

Why eat bugs?Insects and their relatives are protein-rich and, in many cases, loaded with minerals and vitamins.In nearly every country except Europe, the U.S., and Canada, people are munching on bugs as part of their diet.In parts of Mexico, they eat grasshopper tacos.In South Africa, the big treat is a caterpillar called the Mopane worm.In South America, they prefer termites, lightly toasted.

At Bug Blast, children can have their faces painted with bug designs, “see like a bug” through special bug-eye-glasses, draw bugs, watch ant and honeybee colonies, and do educational craft projects. Thousands of insects, from butterflies to beetles, will be on display from the Burke's research collections. Members of Scarabs: The Bug Society will be on hand to answer buggy questions and to help you identify your own bug collections.


To interview Chef David Gordon, contact MaryAnn Barron at maryannb@u.washington.edu or call 206-543-9762.

For general bug and spider questions, contact Rod Crawford, tiso@u.washington.edu, 206-543-9853 (evenings).

The Burke Museum is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on the first Thursday of the month. Admission is $8.00 general, $6.50 senior, $5.00 students/ youth, FREE to children 4 and under. Admission is free to Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff, and to the public on the first Thursday of each month. An additional fee may apply for special exhibits and programs. For 24-hour recorded information, please call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org.

(206) 543-9762; FAX (206) 616-1274