Check Out Awesome Throwback Menus from the Explorers Club’s New York Dinners

  • Courtesy the Explorers Club, via Village Voice
  • Courtesy the Explorers Club, via Village Voice
  • Courtesy the Explorers Club, via Village Voice

You know we’re suckers for vintage menus, so the Village Voice‘s collection of 10 vintage bills of fare from Explorers Club dinners of yore immediately caught our eye. The professional society includes scientists, journalists, expeditioners, and others committed to pushing the frontiers of both earthly and outer-space exploration. Over the years, famous members have included the likes of Neil Armstrong and Sir Edmund Hilary.

Each year, the society convenes for a banquet, and these menus are from dinners in NYC dating back to 1896, when the group was called the Arctic Club. This year’s dinner is coming up this Saturday at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and you can actually go if you’re willing to part with $375. Just know that the grub might be a little adventurous: As Tejal Rao explains in the Voice, “Back in 2001, three allergy-prone diners suffered from burning, itchy mouths after eating improperly prepared tarantula tempura—the spider had been served with its urticating bristles, or poisonous leg hair, still intact.”

[via Village Voice]

  • Rudolph.A.Furtado

    As a seafarer(Marine Engineer)/Blogger/ Traveller have personally toured 26% of Planet Earth and still touring, a never-ending wanderlust.Watched the “Explorers Club Dinner” on National Geographic and was amazed at the dishes served to some of the most eminent people on Planet Earth.When will “Dog Meat” and “Cat Meat” be served or has it been served on previous occasions? Agreed,explorers about a century ago had to survive on the dishes served by the local natives in the far off continents and city’s they discovered and the same tradition continues in the 21st century at the annual “Explorers Club Dinner”.Being a explorer, innovator, traveller or scientist requires much more than adventure travel, it requires a person to adjust to various culinary cuisines.

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