Slideshow: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.