By Chelsea Karnash
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – This isn’t your typical cocktail party.
On Saturday night at the Academy of Natural Sciences, guests will have the opportunity to chow down on some very creepy edibles. The party is called “Cuisine from the Collections,” and it’s inspired by the Academy’s 18 million scientific specimens, which are being “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.”
That means a massive buffet of bugs, fungus, reptiles and more. On the table are creations like fried python, raw eel, bug dips and insect-infused gelatos like vinegar cricket sea salt. Um, yum?
If you’ll need some liquid courage before downing any arthropods, the Academy is also providing two full bars with unlimited beer, wine and cocktails named for paleontologists that are fit for a science nerd–just steer clear of the one made from butterfly larvae. Although if you’re willing to shell out the $100 for a (non-member) ticket, you probably like this kind of stuff.
For more on the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University’s “Cuisine from the Collections” event, visit: www.ansp.org