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Miami Eats at Miami Science Museum: The Science of Food

For most people, dinner appears on the table, as if by magic. But what, exactly, goes on in the process of getting all those fruits, vegetables, and proteins to your family?

Tomorrow, April 20 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., the Miami Science Museum will explore that theme with their totally cool Miami Eats: The Art of Science and Food event.

Part food festival, part interactive learning experience, the museum

will play host to interactive exhibits, tastings, and cooking demos --

all designed to teach you about food, its origins, and its future.

Jennifer Santer, vice president of programs and development for the museum, says that the event is a total family affair, "We're hoping this Miami food festival will have something for everyone. The event will not only explore the science and origins of the food we eat, but will also show people ways in which you can maintain a healthy body through eating."

The museum has enlisted the assistance of Eating House chef/owner Giorgio Rapicavoli to help demonstrate scientific experiments through the use of molecular gastronomy. Museum vice president of marketing and communications, Tony Lima explains, "We wanted to jump on some of the most exciting trends in the culinary world and we know Giorgio is really in the forefront of molecular gastronomy. We feel he can demonstrate scientific principles in a very visual way." Chef Rapicavoli will hold two demonstrations, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. In addition, chefs from the Miami Culinary Institute will conduct cooking demos throughout the day.

In addition to the cooking demos and tastings, there will be still life painting classes with artist Donna Torres, where you can create your own tribute to your favorite veggie; a bee hive presentation and honey tasting; a DIY hydroponics class, and an authentic tea ceremony.

There will even be a pottery kiln set up by the Ceramic League of Miami, so guests can make and fire their very own "healthy plate" and take it home.

There will be food tastings throughout the day, but if little (or big) tummies start to rumble, various food trucks will be on site to offer tasty lunches.

Admission is $14.95 for adults ($12.70 for Miami-Dade county residents); $10.95 for seniors, children (3-12), and students with an I.D. ($9.30 for children, students, and seniors who are Miami-Dade residents). Plus, bring two nonperishable cans of food and you'll get a free admission with a paid admission (Limit two free admissions per family). All canned goods will benefit Farm Share and Chapman Partnership.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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