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"Plastic tubes and pots and pans, bits and pieces and the magic from the hand" are all the makings of Weird Science in the hit 80's song, but on March 19th, they were a recipe for Molecular Yelpstronomy, Yelp Reno's first Yelper Party! More than 400 Yelpers descended upon the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum to eat, drink, and explore their way through concepts of molecular gastronomy, the science of food and how it's made, all while raising more than $4,000 for The Discovery! 

More than 15 local businesses served up samples that left Yelpers scratching their head while wide eyed in amazement from all of the flavors and textures they were experiencing. Yelpers learned the Butcher's Basics from Great Thyme Catering and Reno Local Food Group, Bartender Rocket Science from USBG Reno and Tournant Pop Up, the secrets to perfect pasta from La Vecchia, and exciting emulsions from Heritage in four interactive demos lead by our community's top chefs. Homage Bakery had Yelpers breathing like a dragon with their liquid nitrogen frozen marshmallows, Restaurant Trokay left people scratching their heads with their mysterious maltodextrin tasting and deconstructed salad with lettuce granita, and Twisted Fork's cauliflower ceviche showed a safe way to have fun with acid. The U.S. Bartenders guild kept the crowd's thirst at bay with three refreshing cocktails featuring handcrafted syrups and infusions, the Atlantis Casino turned cotton candy into a cocktail, while Mt. Rose Drinks and Tournant Pop Up turned classic champagne and strawberries into something completely unexpected. The signage and soundtrack to the evening was provided by DoWell Events, with complimentary fire bursts photobombs and entertainment by Justin Impossible

Make sure and check out the Flickr gallery with photos by Chris Holloman and the event page for more.

Many thanks to The Discovery, and all our beloved event partners:

DoWell Events, Matt and Katie McDowell
Chris Holloman Photographer
Tournant Pop Up Restaurant, Chef Ben Deinken
Great Thyme Catering, Chef Clint Jolly
Reno Local Food Group, Chef Mark Estee
Campo, Chef Tommy Linnett
Reno Provisions, Chef Martin VanKruyssen and Chef Damon Ewasko
Heritage, Chef Josh Berreman
La Vecchia, Chef Alberto Gazzola
USBG Reno
Red Creole Fusion, Nicole Barker
NACE Reno/Tahoe Chapter, Kate Patay
Tahoe Party Rentals, Rowena Pegg
Great Basin Community Food Co-Op, Amber Sallaberry and Meghan Collins
Sierra Meat and Seafood, Bernadette Flocchini 
Mt. Rose Drinks, Josh Damon and Jahaziel Aguilar
Twisted Fork, Chef Sergio Romero
Tahoe Moonshine, Distiller Jeff VanHee
Dough Catering, Chefs Josh and Whitney Deri
Nevada Brining Company, Matt Soter
Great Basin Brewing Company, Tom and Bonda Young, John Frugoli
Restaurant Trokay, Chef John Weatherson
Atlantis Casino, Shelly Curt and John Sanchez
Justin Impossible

 

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