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31st Annual Bug Buffet
February 14 @ 12:00pm
MSU to host 31st annual Bug Buffet at the SUB Ballroom on Feb. 14th @12noon
Montana State University will host its 31st annual Bug Buffet from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in Ballroom A of the Strand Union Building. The event is free and open to the public. It is one of several events to be held the week of Feb. 9-15 that celebrate edible insects.
The Bug Buffet features free samples of dishes prepared with edible insects. This year’s menu items will include new dishes and perennial favorites such as Tenebrio (mealworm) Korean veggie scallion pancakes with ginger soy sauce, curried butternut soup with smokey jumpers, Acheta (cricket) Korean fried rice, Grasshopper Korean veggie cellophane noodles, Acheta Mexican tacos, black ant roasted beet-cucumber arugula salad, chocolate mousse with bug bar, Acheta strawberry smoothie, Acheta banana bread with orange zest and Bombyx (pupae) chocolate brownies. The samples will be prepared under the supervision of Amber Wivholm from MSU Culinary Services and MSU sanitarian Dustin Schreiner. This year’s guest chef is Joseph Yoon, executive director of Brooklyn Bugs and a chef in New York City.
Wivholm noted that individuals with allergies should be aware that the menu items contain shellfish. Some of the menu items are gluten-free.
The event will also include opening remarks at 12:30 p.m. by MSU President Waded Cruzado and informational booths about the nutritional and environmental benefits of edible insects. A variety of vendors in or related to the industry will also be on hand.
Other events to be held throughout the week include the following:
- A Feb. 9 cook-off by MSU and Gallatin College MSU students, with the public invited for tasting and awards presentation. The cook-off will begin at 2 p.m., with the tasting and awards to follow at 4 p.m. in the Hannon Hall kitchens
- Workshops for students, faculty and staff Feb. 11-13
- A free screening of the film “Bugs On the Menu” will be held 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Procrastinator Theater
- An academic conference, “Field to Feast: Prehistoric and Historic Search for Edible Insects in Food Evolution,” is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in Room 108 of the Plant Biosciences Building and the adjacent atrium. The conference will feature a keynote address by Julie Lesnik, assistant professor of anthropology at Wayne State University and author of “Edible Insects and Human Evolution.” Lunch is included. RSVPs are requested and may be made to Hannah Brousseau at hannah.brousseau@student.
- Field trips at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, to The Cricket Ranch, one of Cowboy Cricket Farms’ affiliates in Four Corners, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture fish hatchery in Bozeman.
For more information about the Cowboy Cricket Farms field trip, contact Derek Kean at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the fish hatchery workshop, contact Wendy_Sealey@fws.gov. To register for either field trip, contact Claire Zahner at email@example.com.
Support for the Bug Buffet is provided by MSU’s Office of the President, College of Education, Health and Human Development, College of Agriculture, College of Letters and Science, Office of International Programs, Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Blackstone LaunchPad and Culinary Services. Corporate sponsors include Buhler, Inc., Cowboy Cricket Farms Inc., The Cricket Ranch and Little Herds.
Event co-organizers are Florence Dunkel, associate professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, and Holly Hunts, associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Development.