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Jan 15, 2010 02:43 PM

No posts about the latest Charlie's invite?

I guess the craze is definitely fizzled out. The invitations are out and no comments on the boards.

Well, I didn't get my invite this time but a friend sent the menu to me. It's pretty interesting. It sounds like one of Anthony Bourdain's trips. There are worms, ants, scorpions and other critters on the menu this time.

I'm pretty adventurous but I don't think I can handle it, so I think I'll pass.

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  1. Ditto. I draw the line at creepy crawlies....esp. at $155/pp. No thanks.

    1. I saw the menu too. I think I could try one dish at a time spaced out over several meals, but a whole meal probably wouldn't work for me. It is interesting though.

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      1. re: jlunar

        Mouthwatering, and if the 4 worms in the Risotto had been politicians, I would have been all over it.
        I haven't had a good forest nymph in ages but queen ants are so yesterday.

      2. Menu & Wine Pairing
        Sumac, Chili Powder & Lime Scented Roasted Crickets & Grasshoppers
        Bodega Enrique Foster 2008 Ique Malbec
        Tempura Abalone Mushroom, Fresh Shiso, Homemade Ricotta, Pickled Wild Leek, Pristine Soy, Kabyaki, Roasted Forest Nymphs
        Bodega Enrique Foster 2008 Ique Malbec
        Ancient Chinese Scorpion Soup
        Michel Gassier 2008 Les Piliers Viognier
        Queen Ant Thai Salad
        Thai Basil, Mint, Cilantro, Green Mango, Papaya, Shrimp, Queen Ant & Kaffir Lime Cracker,
        Lime, Chili Lemongrass Vinaigrette
        Michel Gassier 2008 Les Piliers Viognier
        The Charlie “Bugger”
        Micro Chickpea & Bean Burger
        Entomeal Protein Powder
        Spicy Water Beetle Aioli & Frites
        Leone de Castris 2007 Maiana Salice Salentino Rosso
        Rhinoceros Beetle Juice Sorbetto
        Risotto Con Quattro Vermi
        Wild Mushrooms, “The King Parmesan- 5 year old”, Wax Worm, Meal Worm, Super
        Worm, Butter Worms
        Gaja 2006 Ca Marcanda Promis
        Vertical Tasting of Mimolette Cheese
        Pear Butter, Armenian Black Walnuts
        Critter Crackers
        Badia a Coltibuono 2004 Chianti Classico Cultus Boni
        Candied Micro Apples
        Crispy Meal Worms, Cinnamon Ice Cream, Cricket Caramel
        Homemade Gummy Worms
        Domaine Carneros 2005 Brut Vintage Cuvee

        8 Replies
        1. re: sumdumgoy

          That menu is pretty boring. They should have had some artisanal meal worm milk kefir and butter worm brie on the menu, then it would be worth checking out.

          1. re: sumdumgoy

            I wonder how quickly it is selling/sold out. Not for me, though...the bugs, or the price. I breed mealworms for our pet sugar gliders, but have never felt tempted to cook with them.

            1. re: Full tummy

              Do you charge your sugar gliders $150 per feeding?

              1. re: graydyn

                Hahahaha. Not yet, but perhaps if I match wines... They're marsupials, which means they have deep pouches, hahaha.

            2. re: sumdumgoy

              How much are they asking for this menu?

              1. re: sumdumgoy

                You know how when you go on the website and you click the door and it opens up your e-mail client? What are you supposed to write?

                1. re: freshfrechbread

                  I guess that you're interested in signing up. They should send you an application.

              2. They should have saved this menu for Halloween.

                1. I'm going to go. But yes, I have to go alone 'cause people read read the menu and run away in horror. Now, we've all eaten bugs before (haven't we? you culinary adventurers you?). I'm sure it will be an experience. "Risotto Con Quattro Vermi" gotta try it.

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                  1. re: chris.kitowski

                    I'd be willing to try one or two dishes but a whole meal? Too much for me.

                    Please report back on your experience - I'm looking forward to your observations!

                    1. re: chris.kitowski

                      That's surprising, because when I read the menu I thought to myself that I'd probably be able to handle the entire menu EXCEPT for that dish. Looking down at a plate of rice and finding maggots or worms is a little too Lost Boys for me.

                      1. re: chris.kitowski

                        Perhaps unwittingly. If I ever got to the point where I thought I'd like to give it a try, well, I just wouldn't want to do so surrounded by strangers for whom I might end up being a spectacle!!!

                        1. re: Full tummy

                          That's another thing -- despite my confidence in my own stomach, I would be eating insects with a group of other adventurous people who may have over-stepped their courage. I couldn't imagine being in the middle of eating a risotto beset with four varieties of worm and suddenly having to contend with gagging or vomiting diners around me.

                          I fear it would set in motion a chain reaction of disastrous proportions.

                          1. re: stet

                            hahaha, didn't even think of that.
                            to those going: TAKE PICTURES. Maybe video?