Gentlemen in tuxedos and ladies in ball gowns gathered at the stately Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan on Saturday evening for the 109th annual dinner of the Explorers Club. But standard party fare was nowhere to be found; here, waiters passed around delicate hors d'oeuvres topped with cockroaches, scorpions and meal worms.
The Explorers Club, which was founded in 1904, describes itself on its website as a "professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore." Past members have included individuals to achieve firsts: first to visit the North Pole, the South Pole, the summit of Mt. Everest, the deepest point in the ocean and the moon. It's in keeping with the club's ethos, then, to value culinary exploration.