*This is a sponsored post brought to you by The Crown Theatre. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*
Calling out all FOODIES!!! Food Network TV Host, Alton Brown is bringing his “quirky humor and culinary-science antics live on stage” to the Crown Theatre in Fayetteville, NC on April 7 at 8 PM. Thanks to my generous sponsor, The Crown Theatre, you can enter today for an opportunity to win free tickets!!!
Alton Brown, famous from his “Good Eats” series along with his other television shows; “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Camp Cutthroat,” and “Iron Chef America” is coming to Fayetteville, NC!!!! See him live at his “Eat Your Science” tour, promising a fun evening of “more comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations and music (yes, he sings) but Brown is adding a slew of fresh ingredients including new puppets, songs, bigger and potentially more dangerous experiments.” Alton Brown will be selecting random audience members on stage to assist him in his experiments. Will you be the his next assistant?
I had an opportunity to talk to Alton Brown about his “Eat Your Science Tour.” His last show was very successful and toured in over 105 cites. He wanted this tour to be even BIGGER, BETTER, and FUNNIER with more SHOCK and AWE APPROACH. The demos are larger with “potential to get out of hand and quite devilish to contain.” While wanting to keep the show a surprise for the audience and not divulging too much information he explains, “The audience will see things never seen before on stage. Parts were shipped in from all over the US to make the demos and created specifically for this tour.” He promises one big demo in the first act and three big demos in the second. The audience can expect “Cool Scientific Stuff with Food,” guitar playing, singing, and of course; his funny sense of humor.
I asked Alton what was his favorite aspect of the show. He said he has a Theatre Major from college. He loves connecting with a live audience. In television, you don’t get that. There is no adrenaline rush and no audience interaction. He wanted to do the tour to connect with his fans and audience. He said, “If you do it right and give 100% of your energy, you will still walk off with 100% of that energy from your connection with the audience.”
For his show, Alton randomly selects audience members to assist him on stage. Sometimes this can get him in a bit of trouble. He explained that one time in Sarasota, Florida, he chose a sweet, elderly, grandma-looking audience member. When she walked onto the stage, Alton realized she was drunk. Very drunk. Hilariously drunk. She was so drunk that Alton ended up falling to the floor laughing hysterically. The audience was equally in laughing stitches. Alton states,“When it is live, you can’t plan this stuff. I love it when the unexpected happens. I have to make anything wrong work for the show. I have a commitment for myself and the audience to have fun.”
On his tours, Alton requests his fans to recommend their favorite local spots for him to try by hash tagging #ABRoadEats. He explains that this has been an opportunity to find amazing places to eat at that he would have never found on his own. I asked him if he had a favorite. He said he has tried some really, really great places, but his most favorite would have to be Fong’s Pizza and Tiki Bar in Des Moines, Iowa. He said it is a mashup between a 1960’s Chinese Restaurant and an old school pizza dive. You will find Asian-inspired pizza such as Crab Rangoon Pizza, Hunan Pork Pizza, and Egg Roll Pizza. They also offer “Strong” Tiki drinks such as Suffering Bastard, King Fong, and Zombie. Doesn’t this place sound incredible? Alton says that every city has a special place for food, coffee, dessert, and drinks. He is looking forward to trying Fayetteville’s best locations.
I asked Alton what was his most challenging dish to master. He answered, “Devil’s Food Cake kicked my ass.” Traditionally Devil’s Food Cake is defined by a type of box cake. The boxed version’s industrial ingredients that are chemically man-made makes the boxed cake incredibly moist and yummy. It was difficult to find substitutions for those “special ingredients.” It took him months and months to master his version of the recipe. He almost gave up. He says, “Cooking can be cruel. I still mess things up. There are days when the coffee I brew I sometimes can’t even drink.”
He received his best advice about cooking under a Parisian chef he trained under shortly after graduating from culinary school. He said, “Alton, there are only two kinds of food. There’s good food and there’s bad food. And in 12 hours they are both poop.” He said he really needed to hear that in the moment. It made him take a step back and not worry about the little things.
Alton Brown has put his heart and soul into his Eat Your Science Tour. He hopes you join him at his show. He wants you to know it is a “Multigenerational, family, and kid friendly event.” Everyone that comes will have a great time. So come out and join him on April 7 at 8 PM at the Crown Theatre in Fayetteville, NC .
The Crown Theatre is generously giving away two tickets to one of my lucky readers!!! Enter here today to win tickets!! Winner will be announced on March 31st! You must be 18 to enter.
*UPDATE! We have a winner for the Alton Brown “Eat Your Science Tour” tickets at the Crown Theatre in Fayetteville, NC. Congratulations to Amanda Slycord Thompson!
Alton Brown will also be visiting some of Fayetteville’s finest local establishments. He is asking his fans to tell him all the best local stops for coffee, breakfast, lunch, and a late night snack on the day of his show by posting the venue’s name with #ABRoadEatsFay on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also comment on his “#ABRoadEats 2016: Calling All Fans for Recommendations” website Page. Just click the link. He’s choosing the locations based on fan suggestions so start hash tagging and posting now!
Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out my other articles such as: Dinner with Scott Avett, Bob Crawford, Joe Kwon, and Chef Vivian Howard, and Carolina Jubilee.