What you'll do
In this introduction to cooking with bugs, we'll demonstrate how easy it is to fit insects into our everyday diets. We'll explore recipes like Cricket Powder Pancakes, Mealworm Mini-Pizzas, Termite-Stuffed Tomatoes, and more. We'll begin with a brief introduction to the wonderful world of bugs. We'll discuss why we eat bugs, covering sustainability, nutrition, how to cook bugs, what a cricket farm is, and more. We'll then proceed with a guided follow-along cooking demonstration of 1 to 3 easy bug dishes. Kid-friendly and perfect for families, Cooking with Critters is a fun way to open a dialogue about how what we eat impacts both our bodies and our environment. Food brings us together in a powerful way. Let's open some minds!
- Passionate cooks
Learn traditional recipes and hear personal stories from local hosts.
- Intimate settings
Share a meal in unique spaces, from private farms to secret rooftops.
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Hi. I'm Aly, a member of the Atlas Obscura community. After studying public health at Yale University, I became interested in finding new ways to address the challenges of sustainably and nutritiously feeding a growing population. I started Bugible.com to support the expanding insect agriculture industry and ended up gaining a cult following on Instagram. I launched Eat Bugs Events to reach a broader audience through unique educational events like Bug & Wine Pairings, Bug Dinners, and Bug Cooking Classes. Since then, Bugible has become the leading media and PR brand for the insect agriculture industry, appearing on Netflix's Bill Nye, in Food & Wine, Forbes, & other popular publications.
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This experience is offered directly by a member of the Atlas Obscura community and has been selected by Atlas Obscura.
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We'll be cooking 2 - 3 dishes and all the ingredients will be provided.
We have a fully stocked kitchen and most beverage needs can be accommodated.
All the cooking supplies will be provided.
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Where you'll be
We'll be in the Bugible Kitchen - arguably one of the most well-stocked bug kitchens with the largest collection of culinary insects in this region of the world!
Things to keep in mind
If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.
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Up to 10 guests ages 6 and up can attend. It’s up to each guest to understand the ingredients being used and communicate any allergies or dietary restrictions to the host. Guests should also consider that consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry,…
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
Guests with shellfish or dust mite allergies may also be allergic to insects. There is never any pressure to eat the bugs, but hopefully you'll want to after participating in this experience and learning more! Also, since this is hosted in my own home, I ask for ID verification.
Cooking with Critters