Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Going to Extremes

As eaters, most of us have a split personality. We’re comfortable consuming hamburgers, despite the reality-which we rarely consider- that what we’re putting in our mouths is dead cow- ground up muscle meat, to be exact from the steer’s chest, shoulder, and stomach. The lovely pink slices on a ham sandwich are sourced from the pig’s rear end, and American carnivores are okay with that. But start talking about plates of parts or critters not commonly consumed here, though they are popular fare in other places, and the majority gets seriously squeamish and downright disgusted. It makes no sense and a pair of professional local cooks- brothers Lanny and David Chin who chef together at an eastside restaurant- have decided to offer some behavioral therapy to all who are brave enough to face their crazy contradictions.

On Monday June 21st the guys, aka Food Warriors, are preparing and serving some snacks that will push your eating envelope…and maybe your panic button: hissing cockroaches, superworms, antelope spareribs, wild boar bacon and other unusual edibles are on the menu. Liquid courage will be available for purchase. Food and fun start at &pm at the Velvet Dog in the Warehouse District 7:00 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. For presale tickets email or go to Paypal, account name Be sure to include your name and email address. They hope it will be the first in a series of events they’re calling Fearless.

If you’ve watched Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods) or Tony Bourdain (No Reservations) on the Travel Channel and wondered what it would be like to eat they way they do-this is your chance to find out. But Lanny and David want attendees to look beyond the gross out factor and discover how other cultures define good eats. I'll be out of town for this one but I definitely plan to get my fearless on next time around.
Note: this a side project and totally their own idea, and has nothing to do with the place where they work.

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