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Dining with frogs

A molecular gastronomer and environmental artist team up to make diners reconsider the source of their food and the impacts of their eating habits

Daniel Grushkin
The first dinner of the linkurl:Cross (x) Species;http://www.environmentalhealthclinic.net/ooz/projects/xspecies/ supper club last Saturday straddled science, environmentalism and performance art. The host, environmental artist linkurl:Natalie Jeremijenko,;http://www.environmentalhealthclinic.net/people/natalie-jeremijenko/ greeted her guests in a space-age nurse's tunic, silver pants and white boots. And though 22 humans showed up, the guests of honor were five bullfrogs that sat on a pedestal at the center of the linkurl:Eyebeam;http://eyebeam.org/ art gallery in New York City.
The frogs weren't on the menu,
they were the guests of honor!

Photo: Daniel Grushkin
Billed as "Lifestyles of the Wet and Slimy," this was the first installment of the monthly feast of the Cross (x) Species Adventure Club. And though the scene was playful, the ultimate goal extended beyond the casual chuckle. Jeremijenko organized the club to persuade guests to consider the environmental impact of their eating decisions -- this time on wetlands. Each dish in the five-course meal, which was designed...




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