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Pier 15 Embarcadero at Green St, San Francisco, California 94111
How does food inspire you? Do you find artistic vision in vegetables, or enjoy the science behind sous-vide? Encounter an array of cooking-inspired presentations and gain a deeper understanding of the tools in your kitchen. Play with your food, experiment with modernist inventions, and visit our new Drink Lab, where you can see lively demonstrations of the science and techniques behind unique drinks also available for purchase.
With Ali Bouzari
7:00 p.m. | Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio
Delve into the nuts and bolts of flavor with culinary scientist Ali Bouzari to understand how deliciousness actually works, then examine current and coming waves of kitchen gadgets to sort the good from what’s likely to appear at the next garage sale.
--Drink Lab: Centripetal Mojitos
With Clay Reynolds and Julie Yu
7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 p.m. | Bechtel Central Gallery
Why clarify lime juice? How? Glean the difference between dissolved substances and suspended particles and learn a few techniques featuring a centrifuge while enjoying a beautifully clear cocktail for purchase for $13.
--Champagne and Machete
With Zeke Kossover
8:30, 9:00, and 9:30 p.m. | Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio
Napoleon’s officers were known to open a bottle of champagne with their sabers. How about a machete? See Exploratorium teacher Zeke Kossover slice open a bottle of bubbly—and learn the physics behind this beverage bravado.
--Kitchen Gadget Gallery
Explore an elegant array of kitchen tools and utensils, such as apple peelers, manual coffee grinders, whisks, egg beaters, spoons, forks, colanders, spatulas, citrus juicers, can openers, tea infusers, egg slicers, cheese slicers, and more.
With Jerrel KeyAuthor
Taste one of Chef Jerrel KayAuthor’s bacon molasses or banana coconut cream lollipops flash frozen on the anti-griddle, a modernist cooktop whose subzero surface transforms sauces and purees into crunchy yet still-creamy confections.
With Tinker Kitchen
Consider the possibilities of specialized equipment with Tinker Kitchen staff as they extrude pasta, concoct fizzy drinks, whip up butter with a centrifuge, make chocolate with a tempering machine, or airbrush food with edible ink.
--Fruit and Vegetable Carving
With Jimmy Zhang
Watch Chef Jimmy Zhang demonstrate the ancient art of fruit and vegetable carving, and admire his many flowers, animals, and intricate ornamental displays made from melon, daikon, carrots, and other produce.
--Slicing and Dicing
With Kevin Godes
What’s the difference between brunoise and batons? Julienne and chiffonade? A roll cut versus a rough chop? Join Chef Kevin Godes as he demonstrates a range of techniques for one the most important tools in your kitchen.
Play with your food to explore simple mechanisms and build a moving sculpture from scratch. Use cookie cams, breadstick axles, candies, crackers, and other snacks to create a unique kinetic treat with the help of Explorables volunteers.
This activity is inspired by Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, a collection of humorous contemporary automata, founded in 1982.
Join us at Food: A Four-Course After Dark Program
Through November, explore food, served with tastings, talks, and demonstrations designed to whet your curiosity about cooking and eating in a rapidly changing world. Programs take place over four Thursday nights, and cover a topics ranging from kitchen innovations to food security.
Adults only (18+)
Pre-sale tickets 10% off. Must purchase online by 5pm day-of event.