The Bug Chef” Returns to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square to Cook-Up New York City’s Most Shocking Thanksgiving Dinner

The Bug Chef” Returns to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square to Cook-Up New York City’s Most Shocking Thanksgiving Dinner

November 2012

Insect Eating Challenges Allow Guests to Earn Half Price Admission

This November, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square is giving kids and adults one more reason to be thankful for Grandma’s home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner. On Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18, 2012, David George Gordon, “The Bug Chef” and author of the Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, will be serving up samples of his favorite insect-inspired Thanksgiving recipes such as Chestnut and Cricket Stuffing and Aunt Bertha’s Cranberry-Cockroach Relish. Courageous guests will have the opportunity to earn half price admission to the one-of-a-kind attraction through a variety of bizarre bug-eating challenges.

“The Bug Chef” will host live cooking demonstrations from11:00am to 3:00pm using grasshoppers, mealworms, tarantulas, giant centipedes, among others, offering onlookers a chance to taste-test some of his bug-inspired culinary masterpieces and learn how to create an entire holiday meal utilizing insects.

Those with adventurous taste buds are invited take one spin on the “Wacky Wheel of Entomophagy” for a chance to earn half-price admission. Filled with outrageous bug-eating challenges, Ripley’s “Wacky Wheel” features “Chef’s Choice” – Chef David George Gordon selects the bug to be eaten, “Thanksgiving Favorites” – participants choose their favorite holiday dish from stuffing to drumsticks, “Mystery Meat” – the insect is revealed after its eaten, and much more. Visitors who successfully complete the insect-eating task in which their spin lands (or at least makes a valiant effort trying), will receive half price admission to the Odditorium on November 17 and 18, 2012.

“It is incredible to see how many people are brave enough to taste a bug,” said Michael Hirsch, president and general manager of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square. “Chef David George Gordon’s creepy cooking demonstrations were so popular this summer, we had to invite him back to Ripley’s Times Square to see what he could do for the most celebrated culinary holiday of the year.”

David George Gordon is “The Bug Chef” and author of the Eat-a-Bug Cookbook: 33 Ways to Cook Grasshoppers, Ants, Water Bugs, Spiders, Centipedes, and Their Kin. Gordon has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, ABC’s Nightline and Barbara Walters’ The View.

To date, Gordon has showcased his bug-cooking prowess in 30 states and four foreign countries and has appeared at the Smithsonian Institution, American Museum of Natural History, Yale University and Singapore’s Food Festival 2003. David lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife and their pet tarantula, Wes.

Insect cuisine samples available while supplies last. Discount cannot be combined with any other offer.

For more information, call 212.398.3133.