Eating Adventures

Photos: Buggin' Out at Linger's Bug Banquet & Benefit

Ant and forelle pear salad.
Ant and forelle pear salad. Danielle Lirette

Is something bugging you? Maybe you're not getting enough insects in your diet. As one of the leaders in insect-based food, Linger wants to fix that. Last night, the LoHi eatery got buggy with guest chef and author David George Gordon, for a Denver Bug Banquet & Benefit to raise money for the Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch, which farms crickets and other insects for human consumption. Gordon, who penned The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, and the Linger kitchen crew turned out a five-course dinner of wax worm quesadillas; mealworm-and-chapulĂ­n (that's grasshopper) squash soup; ant-and-pear salad; grasshopper kabobs with orthopteran orzo; and spiced Moravian cookies with cricket powder.

If you missed the dinner, you can still sample cricket-powder empanadas from Linger's daily menu. For more photos of the dinner, see our complete Linger Bug Banquet & Benefit slideshow.
click to enlarge "Bug Chef" David George Gordon (left) with chef Justin Cucci of the Edible Beats team. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
"Bug Chef" David George Gordon (left) with chef Justin Cucci of the Edible Beats team.
Danielle Lirette
click to enlarge Waxworm and avocado quesadilla. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Waxworm and avocado quesadilla.
Danielle Lirette
click to enlarge "Bug Chef" David George Gordon with fans. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
"Bug Chef" David George Gordon with fans.
Danielle Lirette
click to enlarge Locust kabobs with orthopteran "orzo." - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Locust kabobs with orthopteran "orzo."
Danielle Lirette
click to enlarge Curried mealworm and winter squash soup. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Curried mealworm and winter squash soup.
Danielle Lirette
click to enlarge Ant-topped caramels. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Ant-topped caramels.
Danielle Lirette

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