A New York artist has served up quite possibly every New Yorkers worst nightmare - a gourmet meal made from rats.
Brooklyn artist Laura Ginn put together the $100-a-head feast, plating up two courses of vermin inspired food, beginning with a rat and pork paté and following up with an entree of braised rat.
The event which was created to explore urban self-sufficiency was entitled 'Tomorrow We Will Feast on What We Catch' and Ginn served the meal wearing a dress made from 300 rat-skins.
The meal was prepared by chef Yuri Hart and Ginn bought 75 rats bred for medical testing in a 'clean and safe facility' in California for the meal.
Taste-tested beforehand by the artist and chef, the main course of braised rat was described by some of the attendees as having the consistency and flavour of beef.
Accompanying the meal was a Californian chardonnay and a Spanish Grenache and Ginn broke 16-years of vegetarianism herself to eat the rodent meal.
Serving the 20 guests at her gallery in the lower-east-side of Manhtattan, Ginn's meal was designed to take people out of their city-inspired comfort zone.
The meal was part of an exhibition which explores Ginn's interest in self-sufficiency in cities and modern urban areas.
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