Foodie and TV star Alton Brown is bringing his “ Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour” to Saroyan Theatre in Fresno Tuesday, March 17.
Most people know Brown as the man behind “Good Eats,” which ran on the Food Network for 13 years. The author and host of several competitive cooking shows is now touring the country with his live show. The show combines comedy, puppets, music — Brown sings — life-size fake cows and a few other “things no one in his right mind would allow me to do on TV” into a family-friendly two-hour show.
Since Brown is a popular favorite in Fresno and elsewhere, we decided to let locals pass along their questions, including some wacky ones, along with a few of our own. But first, a little more about the show.
Question: Extreme food experimentation, ponchos for the front row, puppets, just how crazy is this show?
Answer: I don’t know that it’s crazy. It’s a culinary variety show. I’m doing some of my food songs. Fans will be very happy to know there’s puppetry involved and ... potentially dangerous food demonstrations.
The front row gets ponchos?
We’ve got one demonstration that tends to create quite a bit of airborne matter. I don’t want to get stuck with people’s dry cleaning bills.
You have opinions about kitchen gadgets. What’s your take on the newly popular Spiralizer (which turns zucchini into noodles)?
Those have been around for a really, really really, really long time. I don’t know why everybody is getting freaked out about them now. I like them because I like making salads out of them. They used to be hard to find and I’m glad it’s going to get a lot more people eating vegetables.
Do you mind being called a “nerdy foodie?”
I don’t even have a response. I think I’m more of a geek than a nerd. Nerds usually have bad complexions and drink a lot Jolt cola. ... I guess I’m the king of the food geeks. I certainly don’t mind the label.
Do you wash your own dishes?
Yes, at home, of course I do. That whole rule about someone cleans, the other person cooks — I’m going to clean my own messes. I made the mess, I would rather wash my own dishes.
Do you realize how many fruits and veggies come from our Valley? What do you think of that?
You’re as ag as ag gets. ... To me it’s both good and bad. The great thing about the San Joaquin Valley is you can grow anything and the downside of that is people around the country forget what seasonality is. A lot of times people forget what a good tomato tastes like when it’s grown around the corner.”
What’s your easy go-to weeknight meal?
Oh boy, I tend to eat a huge amount of hummus and hummus-based dishes. I make hummus on the weekends and do all kinds of things with it during the week — I make salads with it, I make deviled eggs with it. It’s kinda of my go-to protein.
Anything else people should know about the show?
If you’re a “Good Eats” fan you’re probably going to really enjoy it, but it was not designed [to be] a “Good Eats” show. A lot of people who come to the show have no freaking idea who I am.