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

[Photographs: Niki Achitoff-Gray, unless otherwise noted]

On Saturday night, hundreds of New Yorkers gathered at the Waldorf Astoria for The Explorer's Club 110th Annual Dinner, this year a tribute to "Exploration and Technology." As befits an association boasting a membership roster of astronauts, astrophysicists, archaeologists, and myriad other contemporary explorers, the evening kicked off with an adventuresome foray into the world of exotic dining. Cocktail hour featured a menu ranging from whole animals to their less commonly savored parts (think many a nether-region), along with insects and other invertebrates, created by chef-scientist Gene Rurka.

See the full, dramatic array on parade in the slideshow! And for those interested, you can catch Stephen Hawking's keynote address right this way.