I haven’t been able to pin down which waggish food writer said it first, but anyone who has ever attempted substitution of ingredients knows the truth of the platitude, “Cooking is art; baking is science.” Your cake will slump if you put in too little baking powder, and taste like tinfoil if you put in too much. But celebrity chef/author Alton Brown takes that truism as a challenge in his live touring shows, treating his culinary tools and materials as a chemistry set, always ready for risky experimentation. He brings a new edition of Eat Your Science to the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston on Thursday, November 17: an affordable out-of-town tryout preparatory to its Broadway premiere on November 22.
Creator, producer and host for 13 years of the Peabody Award-winning series Good Eats on the Food Network, Brown promises “bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations” in his latest live culinary variety show. That’s not to mention songs, comedy and puppets, audience participation and “things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.”
Adventurous-minded foodies can witness Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science at UPAC beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 17. Tickets range in price from $55 to $130, based on location, and can be purchased from the Bardavon box office at 35 Market Street in Poughkeepsie, (845) 473-2072; the UPAC box office at 601 Broadway in Kingston, (845) 339-6088; or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.