I believe in my dream to change the way people think about food. More specifically, I want you to eat bugs.
What started this dream?
It seems a bit scandalous, eh? Who in their right mind (and over age 5) would eat bugs?? You call it gross; I call it one of the most intriguing branding and marketing issues of my lifetime. Look at sushi– less than 40 years ago the U.S. did not relish the idea of consuming raw fish (many even considered it barbaric.) Now it’s a thriving industry. All it took was some clever branding, the California Roll, and time.
Insects are a superfood. They're healthy for you, the environment, and taste great. I had my first bug six years ago while working in Mexico. Since, I've learned about what potential insects have to impact our food systems in a positive way.
What motivates you to follow this dream?
Insects are a superfood. They're healthy for you, the environment, and taste great. But the main reason I eat bugs? It's fun. There's nothing better than challenging people's assumption about something we hold so dear: food. Seeing the look on a first-time-bug-eater's face is worth all the hustle. Life is more beautiful when we get to share new experiences and inspire curiosity.
What are your goals?
I started Bugible as a blog to chronicle what I learned about the growing industry around edible insects. Now, I host events and craft relatable messages and stories around edible bugs that relate to potential consumers. Through creating fun & memorable events around eating bugs, I hope to educate potential consumers and raise funds to support the great companies emerging in the space. The restaurants and bars I've hosted events with so far have also benefited! Bugs are a great way to spice things up and draw a new crowd.
What would you like people to know and where can we find you?
I host monthly dinners and other events at eatbugsevents.com. You can read my blog at bugible.com
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