After a decade break from visiting Bloomington, Alton Brown is returning, presenting his “Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science” performance at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Indiana University Auditorium — and Bloomington area fans can determine what he eats while visiting.
“I don’t choose any of the food I eat for five weeks,” Brown said last week during a phone interview while in the fourth week of his current tour. It’s all part of the experience for Brown, whose “Eat Your Science” also includes eating what people post on Twitter (#ABRoadEatsBMG) and on his Facebook page.
Displaying the wit he is known for on his Food Network television show “Good Eats” and as commentator for “Cutthroat Kitchen,” Brown shared that he currently is “in a denser phase” due to eating whatever and wherever fans share as the coffee house, breakfast (or doughnut) stop and lunch spot he should try while in their city.
After his show is over, Brown then follows that up in most cities with a stop at the late-night eatery with the most recommendations.
While food is what Brown has been known for, it’s the coffee that seems to keep him going. “It’s not a guilty pleasure,” he said, adding that he limits himself to five cups a day, beginning with black, followed by an espresso with milk and then moving to other coffee creations, oftentimes an iced coffee.
The coffee helps Brown begin each day in a different city while on his “Eat Your Science” tour, which includes comedy, multimedia presentations a couple food experiments and singing.
“My desire is for people to walk out after 21/2 hours and say, ‘Wow, that was fun,’” Brown said.
Although science is always a part of what Brown preaches, he’s hoping the comedy, music and, yes, even puppets cleverly hide the science and food education portions of his show. Brown originally directed television commercials and hopes he’s still able to draw an audience to his subject, saying “I just changed what I make shows about.”
While having fun chatting about his guilty pleasure — martinis — Brown turns serious when talking about his show. “It is a family show,” he explained, adding anyone from “age 5 to death” will be entertained and “nobody gets talked down to,” so don’t expect him to be using huge scientific or culinary terms.
With the holidays approaching, Brown has changed the current show from what he was performing when he began four weeks ago.
The Bloomington audience will hear the seasonal song “Grandmom Forgot to Brine the Bird” and see two “massive” culinary demonstrations. And members of the audience may become part of the fun.
While talking about the show, Brown also gave advice about how he lost weight: “It’s figuring out your plan and sticking to it.”
It’s something he may have to revisit after five weeks of eating at the hashtag winning eateries across the country.
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