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After Dark: Gastronomy - April 5, 2012

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After Dark: Gastronomy - April 5, 2012

After Dark: Gastronomy
Thursday, April 5, 2012
6 pm - 10 pm

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Discover the high-tech realm of the culinary world at After Dark: Gastronomy on Thursday, April 5, 2012, from 6 to 10 pm.  You are invited to eat with your eyes, taste with your nose, and savor through your fingertips. In the spirit of Modernist Cuisine, a sumptuous, six-volume record of science-inspired cooking techniques, After Dark: Gastronomy explores how surprise and innovation can transform our experience of food.

Modernist Cuisine’s head chef and co-author Maxime Bilet and SeattleFoodGeek.com author Scott Heimendinger, will explain how tools such as centrifuges and homogenizers, and ingredients such as hydrocolloids and emulsifiers, can produce exciting new flavors and textures. In addition to a cooking demonstration they’ll share some of the cutaway equipment used to make MC’s iconic photos.  Cooking for Geeks author Jeff Potter will also be on hand to show visitors the craft of sous vide — a technique where ingredients are vacuum-sealed in plastic and slow-cooked at low temperatures — via eggs cooked in precisely heated water baths.

After Dark guests will also get to discover how fruit juice “caviar” and liquid nitrogen ice cream are made, as well as engage in other edible encounters with modernist cooking techniques. You can take part in a tastebud count, and see if you qualify as a “super-taster”!  Learn the cultural history of the orange, then take home some experimental activities you can do with asparagus –  these are just some of the things at After Dark: Gastronomy that will have you re-thinking your expectations of what food is supposed to be, and how it should be consumed.

After Dark is for adults 18 years and older, and is included with the general admission cost. After Dark programs are playful, unique and content-rich, addressing the science behind topics of adult interest from gambling, alcohol, fashion and sex to extreme sports and gaming. Not a theater, a cabaret, or a gallery, After Dark involves aspects of all three, with a mood unlike anything else in the city. Where else can you find music, a cash bar and an intellectually stimulating playground for adults—all with free parking? After Dark is for adults 18 years and older and is included with museum admission.

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Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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