Gallery: Eating Roasted Alligator and Spider-on-a-Stick at the Explorer's Club 110th Annual Gala

Goat Testicles
Goat Testicles

On a stick! I "kid" you not.

Spiders
Spiders

Not for the squeamish! Chocolate-covered tarantulas, along with a variety of beetles, were also served on sticks. Rurka firmly believes in the importance of recognizing your food, be it spiders or...

[Photograph: Explorer's Club]

Bull Testicles
Bull Testicles

More testes! Served sliced with an herbed cream sauce and a garnish of bell peppers.

Finger Sandwiches
Finger Sandwiches

Passed hors d'oeuvres, like these finger sandwiches and dragon fruit slices, were garnished with mealworms, crickets, roasted ants, scorpions, maggot pupae, and larvae.

Alligators
Alligators

Two whole-roasted alligators cozied up on an turf-covered display.

Carving
Carving

Slice o' gator, anyone?

Roasted Pork
Roasted Pork

These pigs were roasted to a beautifully burnished golden-brown.

Hello, Piggy!
Hello, Piggy!

Oink.

Beavers
Beavers

Rurka's flair for dramatic whole animal displays was a running theme throughout the evening.

Beaver in Profile
Beaver in Profile

Look at them teeth!

Racoon
Racoon

Soaked for four days in a soy-ginger marinade, Rurka's raccoons were rubbed with spices and a Cabernet-infused sea salt, baked whole, and served in the ever-alluring fetal position.

Bull Rods
Bull Rods

Yup. Those are indeed what they look like.

Goat
Goat

Rubbed with spices and roasted whole, then carved to order.

Snakehead Fish
Snakehead Fish

This invasive freshwater species was butterflied, sprinkled with applewood smoked sea salt, coated with a seasoned olive oil, and baked.

More Snakehead
More Snakehead

To serve, the fish was filleted and portions were scraped out by a server.

Ostrich
Ostrich

Yes, the Waldorf Astoria ovens are HUGE.

Spleen
Spleen

This noodle dish was studded with beef spleen.

Elk
Elk

Denver leg of elk, cooked to a ruby medium-rare and carved to order.

Kangaroo Loin
Kangaroo Loin

Sausages of kangaroo loin, served with sautéed vegetables.

Gene Rurka
Gene Rurka

The evening's chef de cuisine, posing with one of the massive gators.

[Photograph: Explorer's Club]

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