EntoTreats on Ento Nation

I’m guest chef on this podcast. (5 min. duration.  My segment begins at 36:30.)  Click the podcast to listen, and there is a recipe for N-Sects-y-Sushi.

There is a great interview with “Florian Nock, who is the web marketing manager and is also in charge of brand development at Jimini’s”.  

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I’ll admit I’m a bit of a poser when I let people call me a chef.  But I do enjoy cooking.  I prepared a bug dinner as a Food Pantrybenefit (the Bug Banquet) in Feb. 2017 at the Capon Bridge Community Center.  You can find photos and more here.  And Terry Lynn and Piper and I served bug dishes at the American Conservation Film Festival.  They asked me to share/serve some buggy food after a screening of the movie, “The Gateway Bug.” (Click here to see the trailer.   There are photos, a video and other information posted here on my blog.

I did take a great sushi class at Nibblins .  If you aren’t too far from Winchester, VA, I highly recommend their classes.

AND…  I served up bug dishes at the  Bugz’n’Beer event at the Town Run Tap House and Community Pub in Shepherdstown.

OK, I’m done justifying.  I know that still doesn’t make me a chef.  But it’s fun to pretend.

The last segment of the Podcast, Marc calls “The Fast 5.”  I gave a shout out to my Capon Bridge students who have a habit of jumping out of planes.  I mentioned our time in Samoa.

So… does anybody want me to come cook up some buggy deliciousness?

By the way, he asks about David Lynch.  I had to go to the net.  (Click the link if you are curious.

Twitter links: @EntoNation @Flonock_

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Led By the Young

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I am really tardy posting this.  I was really pleased that Brent Evans chose to explore entomophagy from a geographic viewpoint.  He presented his findings at the Hampshire County (WV) Social Studies Fair in December.  He won on the school level and went on to compete at the countyfair.

Brent contacted Robert Nathan Allen of Little Herds.  I’m not sure what other bug companies sent information or samples, but you can find many listed here.

Brent is the son of Brian and Jessica Evans.  His maternal grandmother is Shirley Dodson.  Here’s wishing Brent much continued success in the bug world.

If you know someone around Santa Monica, why don’t you tell them about the Love Bug Dinner.  “7:30 Tuesday, Feb 13th At: Cafe Demitasse, Santa Monica. 
Featuring bugs like termites & grasshoppers pairing with the cafe’s specialty coffees & teas.
7-COURSE BUG DISH TASTING MENU
$55 per head
RSVP NOW HERE *seating limited to 14*”

One of the bug food tables

Bugz, Beer and Mead

On December 13,  Town Run Tap House and Community Pub in Shepherdstown, WV hosted a fun evening. It was actually three events: 1. Bugz’n’Beer (and my Facebook event page and Town Run’s Facebook event page:  Bugs and Beer and Mead Oh My!) 2.  Mountain Dragon Mazery of Fairmont, hosted a Mead tasting . And 3. this was a Kids Eat Free Wednesday’s.

I had contacted several businesses to see if anybody was interested in hosting a beer and bugs pairing event. Todd, owner of Town Run Pub, wrote back that he was interested.  Jessie Shanholtz, Todd’s sweetheart is also owner of the pub.

I have been a guest presenter for the National Park Service, for the American Conservation Film Association (at Shepherd College), for schools and civic groups– but this is his first public venture into pairings with alcohol– a natural match don’t you think?

Some hometowners showed up.  My sister and brother-in-law, Lynn and Brian came.  Brian actually was manning the bug foods table for a while. Former Capon Bridge school colleagues, Jo and Terry Largent came by.  Jo is is Jessie’s mom.  I know they came to see their grand daughter rather than my bug stuff, but it was fun seeing them.

It cracked me up that Todd labeled me a “local legend.”  He wrote, “Join us for a fun and crazy night… We will have local legend Steve Bailes serving up all sorts of bugs for you to sample and explain the health benefits from consuming our little buddies.”  He and Jessie bought and converted the old Southern States in Shepherdstown into a pub. Roomy and comfortable– it was a great venue. They have an impressive kitchen and menu, too (great reubens.)  I would encourage you to stop in and check them out.

I would also encourage you to try  Mountain Dragon Mazery mead.  I thought it was interesting that they get some of their honey from Patterson Creek Apiary of Burlington.

The Spirit of Jefferson posted a blurb about the event on it’s front page.

Terry Lynn prepared cricket flour brownies and cricket flour pepperoni rolls. She also made cricket macaroni and chees.  I made N-sectsy sushi.  I had  lots of taste treats thanks to AaronPauling.com Your Source for Feeder Roaches and moreExo ProteinAketta and Aspire Food GroupBugeater FoodsCrik Nutrition – Cricket Protein PowderCritter BittersHotlix CandyIncredible FoodsJurassic Snacks Inc., Lithic Nutrition, Entomo Farms – The Future of FoodRainbow MealwormsCricket Candy and The Bug Bistro. We even had snacks to take home for the dogs — from Hopn Bakery, EntoBento, and Chloe’s Treats.  Thanks so much for your generous donations.

Again, if you are interested or if you’d like to see a list of insect food companies, check out: http://stevebailes.org/blogs/entotreats/

Bugz’n’Beer 

Town Run Tap House and Community Pub is hosting this event– an opportunity to try some bug foods and enjoy some of the pub’s beer.

On Wed. December 13, 2017,  6:00pm – 8:00pm, Buggy chef, Steve Bailes, will provide different dishes made with insect products. Steve has been a guest presenter for the Nat. Park Service, for the American Conservation Film Association (at Shepherd College), for schools and civic groups– but this is his first public venture into pairings with alcohol– a natural match don’t you think? So Town Run Tap House will sell the beer, and Steve will supply the bugs.

Location: Town Run Tap House and Community Pub

202 E Washington St
Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443

 

We will have samples of bug foods. These will likely include AaronPauling.com Your Source for Feeder Roaches and moreExo ProteinAketta and Aspire Food GroupBugeater FoodsCrik Nutrition – Cricket Protein PowderCritter BittersHotlix CandyIncredible FoodsJurassic Snacks Inc., Lithic Nutrition, Livin farms Hive™ CommunityEntomo Farms – The Future of FoodRainbow MealwormsCricket Candy and The Bug Bistro. We will even have snacks to take home for your dogs — from Hopn Bakery, EntoBento, and Chloe’s Treats. Tagging: Little HerdsChef PV, and The Cricket Man. (Thank you lists are scary. So many generous folks to thank, and I don’t want to slight anyone.)
Here is the TownPlanner event page

. You can let us know you are coming here  (a Facebook event page).

The Gateway Bug

The Gateway Bug screening at ACFF (w/ special tasting) was Oct. 14 and 21 at Shepherd University, at the Frank Center.

Terry Lynn was assistant bug chef on the 14th. My rock band, Rain Crow, was originally scheduled to play at the Grassy Lick Autumn Festival from noon until 3.  Even taking a shorter break than scheduled, Terry Lynn (with help from Tobi Moriarty) just got the bug dishes set out before the hungry audience came out– ready to check out entomaphagy.  Check out chef Terry Lynn above wearing the Lithic shirt. Steve is wearing the Exo Protein shirt. We were live (as opposed to dead) in a video of the Oct. 14 event: https://www.facebook.com/thegatewaybug/videos/819586141523905/

My grand daughter, Piper,  wants to be a baker/chef. She agreed to assist me at the 2nd event: The Gateway Bug screening at ACFF (w/ special tasting) on Oct. 21. Maybe she’ll attend Terry Lynn’s alma mater,at Shepherd University, for her business degree.

I was really pleased by the positive reception.  And it didn’t seem to be about the “Fear Factor” element.  Most of the movie goers were interested in the nutritional value, the sustainability, the benefit for our planet– and of course– the taste.  People seemed surprised by the wide range of flavors you can experience eating bugs.

Thanks, Hotlix CandyEntomo Farms – The Future of FoodCricket Candy and The Bug BistroExo ProteinLithic, Hopn Bakery, Bugeater Foods,Jurassic Snacks Inc. and AaronPauling.com Your Source for Feeder Roaches and moreChloe’s TreatsAspire Food GroupAketta Rainbow MealwormsChapulIncredible Foods Even treats for dogs: EntoBento. Your treats were quite a hit.

And thanks to Little HerdsMarc Sanchez– The Cricket Man, and Chef PV.

By the way, I’m celebrating World Edible Insect Day October 23, by enjoying Marcia Lynn’s cheese ham spread on Terry Lynn’s cricket flour rolls.   What are you doing to celebrate?

If you want to know more about World Edible Insect Day, check out these links: Food Mookie, and an Omny.fm podcast.

Here’s a  USA Today video from Sept. event– Brooklyn Bugs.

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BUG Doin’s

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Hilary F Lo of the American Conservation Film Festival asked me to share/serve some buggy food after a screening of the movie, “The Gateway Bug.” (Click here to see the trailer.  3 PM Sat. Oct. 14 and 4 PM Sat. Oct. 21 at The Frank CenterShepherd University.   You can get tickets here.

Hilary wrote: “Attention Foodies! Insect protein is trending in the US. Come learn about it at the American Conservation Film Festival. We’ll have products for tasting available after the screenings.”

“With entomophagist, Steve Bailes…”  If only Mom could see that her boy finally made something of himself. 

“A feature documentary about the rise of the edible insect industry in the United States as a response to decades of poor agricultural practices.”  Here is more info about the screening.

And if you are looking for more great bug events…16991747_1595260947169532_1019793861468628169_o.jpg

Hokie BugFest 2017 (Facebook)  Sat. Oct. 14 at Blacksburg, VA  Hokie Bug Fest , Virginia Tech.

You missed this one, but…

my friend and college room mate sent me this write up about the  September Brooklyn Bugs Festival.

Bug Co-op

  1. A friend was ordering cricket flour, and she was disappointed that so much of the cost was shipping rather than the product. She knew free shipping was an option if you ordered a sufficient quantity, but she didn’t want that much. I jokingly said we should form a co-op. Then I thought (I do that occasionally), “Why not?” A co-op would allow folks to order larger quantities and reduce shipping charges. So that is the 1st purpose of the group.
  2. The group could also share information about insect product suppliers and retailers– both online and brick and mortar stores. I will post lists of suppliers and other buggy resources. Many of the suppliers offer promotional discounts and/or free shipping. Hopefully members will help update the information and correct any errors.
  3. So if you know somebody in the group and trust them, you can combine orders, then set up your own details for times and location for dividing your order and paying. (I would really appreciate it if folks do not sue me if you and your order partner disagree on payment or disbursements.)

Check it out if you are interested? No dues, no meetings, no requirements.  Then join if you are interested.
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