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August 26, 2004

What’s Cookin’ at the Burke? Bugs! Bug Blast

Sunday, September 19,
10 am – 4:30 pm

Seattle—Hop, buzz, or flutter your way to the Burke's sixth annual bug fest. David Gordon, chef and author of Eat a Bug Cookbook, will be a featured guest at this year's Bug Blast event Sun., Sept. 19 from 10 am to 4:30 pm.

See tiny microscopic bugs, touch large live bugs, and even taste some of these multi-legged creatures. Kids will enjoy having their faces painted with bug designs, "seeing like a bug" through special bug-eye-glasses, watching glassed-in ant and honeybee colonies, and trying out a variety of bug-related craft projects.

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.

Thousands of spectacular insects, from butterflies to beetles to bees, will be on display from the Burke's seldom seen research collections. Members of Scarabs: The Bug Society will be on hand to answer all your buggy questions and to help you identify your own bug collections.

While visiting, explore Dinosaurs of Darkness, an exhibit from Australia, featuring five full dinosaur skeletons and recently discovered dinosaurs that lived in the extreme polar regions of the globe. Dinosaurs of Darkness is on view through Oct. 17, 2004.

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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 http://www.burkemuseum.org

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