Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 11, 2014
Remember last fall when I told you about Austin’s role in the growing interest in entomophagy?
Well, get ready to hear a lot more about eating bugs.
On Wednesday, Feb. 19, the Toronto-based Alimentary Initiatives is teaming up with Austin’s Little Herds and World Ento to host the third Future Food Salon from 7 to 11 p.m. at Brazos Hall, 204 E. Fourth St. to bring together movers and shakers in the food space who are interested in promoting alternative sources of protein. (Tickets cost $30 — or $40 for an open bar wristband — and the hub for all the news coming out of the salon is Facebook.com/LittleHerds. Part of the proceeds of the event will benefit Little Herds, founded by Austinite Robert Nathan Allen.)
The event will feature live music from Mighty Mountain and Sour Bridges, and cricket canapés will be prepared by Eden East’s chef Sonya Cote. Guests will have the chance to sample edible insect products from companies including Chapul and Six Foods, and sip on cocktails from Treaty Oaks and beer from Lagunitas Brewery.
Featured guests include a who’s who of the edible insect world: Daniella Martin, whose book “Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet” comes out today; Jakub Dzamba of Third Millennium Farming; David Gracer, an entomophagy expert from Rhode Island; Chapul founder Pat Crowley; product designer Katharina Unger, who made waves last year with her at-home bug incubator, Farm 432; and the crew from Tiny Farms in California.
Also visiting will be Seattle’s David George Gordon, one of the most noted entomophagy advocates who originally published his “Eat-A-Bug Cookbook” in 1998. He’ll be signing copies of his book, which was recently republished by Ten Speed Press, at several events around the salon, including a cooking demo and book signing at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Buzz Mill Coffeehouse. 1505 Town Creek Drive, and a book signing at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Art.Science.Gallery, 916 Springdale Road.
Little Herds is in the middle of a crowdfunding campaign, and several of the participants in the Future Food Salon will be back in Austin for a South by Southwest Interactive panel called “Hacking Meat: Why Insects Are The Future Of Food.”
“The future of food merits discussion, not just by policy makers, industry captains and government, but also by farmers, culinary experts, artists, architects, intellectuals and, of course, eaters,” Aruna Antonella Handa, the founder of Alimentary Initiatives, and co-host of the Future Food Salon series, said in a press release. You can see photos of the previous Future Food Salons in Toronto and Manhattan at alimentaryinitiatives.com.