It’s a little bit gross and a lot a bit creepy. But, the debatably fun, new event for adults is the Academy of Natural Sciences’s Cuisine From the Collections. And, if you’ve been to the Academy before, you know we’re talking about bugs, snakes, snails, fungi, and other creepy crawlers.
Cuisine From the Collections is a cocktail party featuring food and drink inspired by the 18 million different specimens on display in their scientific collections. A variety of food stations will be set up and will include ingredients not usually found in most kitchens.
While many of the collections are easily represented through food—think fish (ichthyology), fowl (ornithology), meat (mammalogy), and veggies (botany)—even ingredients not normally thought of as edible will be on the menu. A tasting bar will offer a surprising variety of salts representing the Mineral Collection, and adventurous guests interested in Entomology can taste insects that people eat regularly in many parts of the world. Buffalo, ugly fruit, fungi (mushrooms), and more unusual items are also on the menu. Academy scientists will be on hand with scientific specimens to answer questions guests may have about what exactly it is they are enjoying.
And to make things even more interesting, guests are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. But, if you’re not a costume kind of person, you can also wear cocktail attaire. Can you just imagine a bunch of witches and monsters mingling with cocktail dresses and suits eating bugs? It’s gonna be great!
The event is $75 for Academy members and $100 nonmembers. Buy tickets at academycuisine.eventbrite.com.