Bizarre Bites: Things Get Weird at NYCWFF Oyster BashBy James Mulcahy | October 20, 2013 By James Mulcahy | October 20, 2013
NOLA chef John Besh held court, champagne glass in hand, at the New York City Wine & Food Fest Oyster Bash, which featured a bevy of bivalves that were far from traditional. "With all of these oysters here, you really have to do something to stand out," he said.
Like add crickets. That was Julian Medina's strategy, but the Toloache chef knew that not everyone in the crowd would be excited to chow down on the critters, so guests were invited to spoon on a serving if it was to their liking. "We just thought that New Yorkers need more protein," an attendant at the booth explained. And perhaps inspired by the amply poured Bloody Marys, many of the festival goers seemed to agree, liberally applying insects to their shellfish. We asked Besh, who had a chance to try Medina's bugged-out offering, his verdict on the unique pairing. He paused, thinking for a moment before offering his take: "Crunchy."
That wasn't the only bizarre bite on display at the Oyster Bash. Click through the slide show to see our ranking of the other weird oysters. Spoiler alert: crickets were the weirdest - are you really surprised?