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Chocolate Covered Insect Day

2013-10-08

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 8, 2013
Contact:  Katie Smith
Office 504-378-2693
Cell 504-278-0542

ksmith@auduboninstitute.org
 

Melts in your Mouth, Not in your Hands. 
There's No Wrong Way to Eat a Chocolate Covered Cricket

Buzz Down to
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium for
Chocolate Covered Insect Day

Saturday, October 12, 10am - 5pm

(New Orleans, La.)– "Momma always said life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get" (Forrest Gump).  On Saturday, October 12, visitors to Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium will enjoy sugary surprises created by executive bug chefs to celebrate Chocolate Covered Insect Day. Guests will be able to dip edible critters in a fountain overflowing with rich melted chocolate.

“We’re happy we can offer this unique opportunity to guests,” says Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium Director of Animals and Visitor Programs Jayme Necaise. “People may not realize this, but the FDA allows 60 or more microscopic insect fragments for each 100 grams of chocolate – so it’s not a huge leap to just go ahead and add the whole bug! Besides, bugs are good for you – they are surprisingly nutritious and a major food source for many people across the globe.”

Bug Appétit is located in the back of Tiny Termite Café at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. It offers visitors a chance to taste insect cuisine in many forms – from chocolate “chirp” cookies to six-legged salsa and crispy cajun crickets. Visitors searching for more traditional fare will find it in Tiny Termite Café as well – minus the six-legged ingredients, of course.

The tastings are included with regular Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium admission (while supplies last). 

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Click Video Above to Watch Audubon's Bug Chef's in Action

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
Advanced tickets are recommended and can be purchased by visiting AudubonInstitute.org or at any Audubon Nature Institute attraction.  Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is located at 423 Canal Street in downtown New Orleans in the U.S. Custom House and is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday.

Audubon Nature Institute is a 501(c)3 not for profit that operates a family of museums and parks dedicated to nature. These New Orleans facilities include: Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Audubon Wilderness Park, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and Audubon Nature Institute Foundation. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.

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