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Edible Insect Cooking At Berkshire Museum

12:00AM / Friday, October 06, 2006

Pittsfield – Entomologist Faith Deering will present “Entertaining with Insects” at the Berkshire Museum in downtown Pittsfield on Wed., Oct. 18, at noon.

The talk will focus on “entomophagy,” or insect eating, and include a cooking demonstration. Visitors will learn how to find, prepare, and serve edible insects, and take home recipes. The program, part of the series “Art for Lunch,” is free with Berkshire Museum admission. Boxed lunches are available for $6. To order lunch, call 413-443-7171, extension 10, before noon on Tuesday, October 17.

Some 2000 edible insect species are consumed around the world. People worldwide have been eating insects since ancient times, and many are considered delicacies. Deering is a consultant to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and a former associate director of their Insect Zoo.

The Art for Lunch series is supported in part by Maureen and Paul Hickey.

The program is offered in connection with the current exhibition Bug Out of the Box: Contemporary Art, History, and Science of Bugs, on view at the Berkshire Museum through October 29. Seventy works of contemporary art, including huge insect sculptures and walk-in installations, are on view along with natural science specimens. Live insects or arachnids included in the exhibition are cockroaches, a tarantula, a scorpion, milkweed bugs, a mantis, and silk-moths. The exhibition is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.

The Berkshire Museum is located at 39 South Street on Route 7 in Downtown Pittsfield. The galleries are open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Berkshire Museum at (413) 443-7171, ext. 10, or visit berkshiremuseum.org.

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