Win tickets to Alton Brown at Proctors

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Alton Brown is coming to Proctors, February 13.

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Food Network host Alton Brown is bringing his "Edible Inevitable Tour" To Proctors on Thursday, February 13th -- and we have four tickets that could be yours.

Brown is the host of Iron Chef America and appears on Next Food Network Star. But he first became popular for Good Eats -- where he used his own quirky sensibility to examine the science behind food and cooking.

From the blurbage about the tour:

With his upcoming tour, Alton Brown brings his brand of quirky humor and culinary-science antics to the stage. The ninety minute show is a unique blend of stand up comedy, food experimentation, talk show antics, multimedia lecture, and, for the first music.

Audience interaction is strictly enforced throughout the evening though; if you're called upon as a culinary assistant, you'll definitely want to take the lab coat Brown offers as things tend to get messy. Brown has worked his weird magic on live audiences across the nation for over a decade but this is the first time he's actually hit the road with a live tour.

To enter the drawing, answer the following question in the comments:

On Good Eats, Alton Brown looked at the science and process of cooking, and it helped viewers see food in a new way. Who or what has helped you to see something in a new way?

We'll draw one winner at random.

Brown's show will be at Proctors on Thursday, February 13 at 8pm. Tickets range from $20 to $125.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 8pm on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 2 pm on Thursday, February 6 and must respond by noon on Friday, February 7.


Cheesy, but best friend, whom I would most likely take to this event, taught me to see life and myself in a new totally embrace my weirdness and let it shine at many possibly inappropriate times.

Christina Davis and the From Scratch Club showed me how making my own canned goods could be fun and worthwhile. The whole food-swap experience had made me experiment more in my kitchen to see what I can make!

Years ago Whole GOOD EATS was still airing I'd have jumped at this chance, but Brown's abrasive hosting of Iron Chef America and Cutthroat Kitchen have considerably dimmed his luster in my eyes. He used to be geeky, quirky and instructive, now he's just a scruffy guy who leers.

Bill Bryson, because he helped me to put my life into perspective and to realize how cool science is!

“Consider the fact that for 3.8 billion years, a period of time older than the Earth’s mountains and rivers and oceans, every one of your forebears on both sides has been attractive enough to find a mate, healthy enough to reproduce, and sufficiently blessed by fate and circumstances to live long enough to do so.”

My wife Holly - I live and work in a world of logic and her in a world of chaos and she helps me to break out and try new thing and be daring.

My boss at my previous job. First time living in a big city, coming from a small town, I thought many things were black and white. She really taught me the art of looking at all angles of a problem and realizing there are many shades of gray that have to be considered as well.

I have a good friend who is is almost completely opposite me on the political spectrum. He always responds to any potitical postings on facebook and sends me interesting things to read. We disagree and that's okay. He challenges me and helps me see the world from a different perspective. At the very least, I'm not living in an echo chamber.

A lot of times I get very stressed out between school, life and the weather. I'll have anxiety that is hard to shake. My boyfriend always reminds me that I'm not in physical peril, 'there is no tiger chasing me.' I loved this idea. Whenever something starts to get me, I realized how good I have it, and that I'm not in any real danger.
Don't sweat the small stuff!

I am going with the easy one here and say Mr. Brown, I often refer people looking to take the next step in learning to cook to watch Good Eats, food science can be boring, but he made it quirky, albeit often corny, and enjoyable enough to learn a lot while occasionally laughing.

My partner - he's a much better cook than I am, and I'm proud to say I've picked up a few new tricks :)

my grandparents always did, and I think still do now that they're gone. It's always surprising to me how something they said or taught me when I was younger takes on a new meaning as I get older myself.

Gahndi. Now if I could only elevate to and sustain upon his plane.

Steven Pressfield (author, The War of Art, Gates of Fire) helped me look at creativity and productivity in a whole new light.

My nieces have helped me to see Albany in a new way. I moved here for college and then stayed beyond so my Albany experience has always been seen through the eyes of a twenty year old. My nieces have showed me all the fun, kid-friendly activities there are in the area.

My boyfriend has helped me to see myself in a new light. Before we started dating, I never fully realized how stubborn or impatient I can often be. Having him there to call me out on it has forced me to become a more patient and introspective person. Although his reminders are sometimes frustrating and addressing them is embarassingly challenging, it has helped me to become a better me. Thus, I thank him for not letting me get away with (some) things!

My husband has traveled to many different countries and has taught me to be open minded to many different cuisines.

As a student and teacher, I'm constantly learning to see things in a new way or trying to figure out a new way to explain things.

Who or what has helped you to see something in a new way?

That's easy, my glasses have helped me to see everything in a new way. Without them, everything is quite unclear.

Running/training for races. I may not be fast, but it's the best example I have that working hard = results.

We love Alton Brown in our household. Good Eats was such a great program... keeping my attention and actually TEACHING us about the food and the science behind cooking.

Pema Chodron's writings are very dear to me right now. Helping me understand and accept the simple idea that life is always changing and to go with the flow instead of always trying to find solid ground has been life changing.

My son playing hockey has made me see winter in a new way. I always dreaded winter, but not this year. We built a rink in our backyard, and he is outside as much as possible this winter.

Jenny Brown (co-founder of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary) has helped me see animal rights movement in a different light.

Two answers for one question -- Alton opened my eyes to so many types of food and the why's of the rules for cooking so obvsiously he's the first.

The second -- a church session last year led by our youth group celebrating bacon. Yes, bacon. A stirring message by one of the youth who made the explicit choice to not be a vegetarian or vegan and the logic that brought him to this point. His choice to eat ethically raised bacon and of course -- a bit of bacon for all in attendance (regular or vegan bacon if you must). The key was -- he made the carefully considered choice and told why. It was refreshing.

My best friend showed me how to reach goals through plain old hard work. Some things I have thought could never have happened did happen because I put the hard work into it!

Aging. Oh, if I only knew then what I know now…

My brother - he continues to show me a new way to look at a problem. From the time we were little kids and I wanted him to entertain me. To now when we have kids of our own he shows me new ways to be a better parent.

Since picking it up about 10 years ago, motorcycle riding has helped me see the world in a new way. Simplistically, it makes my commute more fun. But travelling both short and long distances by motorcycle is a world different than getting there by car. You sense your surroundings--you feel temperatures, you smell smells, and see things in a new way. Everything is heightened. I've developed a new appreciation for the world I live in since I started riding. And its even not that bad in the rain!

The New York State Museum because they always have such cool and interesting history exhibits!

My husband- through him and with him I have found that there is an abundance of love that I didn't know existed. Especially when you turn your family of two into three.

Aziz (Zyzz) Shaversian taught me to pursue fitness as a lifestyle and that haters gonna hate and admirers gonna admire.

My husband, who couldn't be more different than me, has changed the way I see the world, and approach my life. He is much more adventurous and outgoing than I am. Doing life together with him has changed my perspective, and helped me to see the joys in living outside my comfort zone.

My wife!!!

Ralph Waldo Emerson. . . . cliche but honestly reflecting on life from different perspectives can add a whole new dimension to both your character and goals

I learned from my dog that I can be a patient person, to slow down and appreciate things. It is important to stop and smell the roses... and then pee on them.

Mary Roach's non-fiction writing has helped me to see renewed wonder in all sorts of everyday topics.

My Grandfather who was a culinary chef many years ago. He taught me that cooking was to be enjoyed, not something that had to be done on a daily basis. That it was a small pleasure that we should embrace every day and share with our family while sitting at the dinner table, not in front of the TV. I miss him very much.

I took a sculpture class in college that really forced me to think about drawing from life in a new way. It was for the better.

Michael Pollan. His books have taught me to be more conscious of where my food comes from and how to eat more healthily.

Definitely my Newtonian telescope.

My boyfriend- I've learned to lean on someone besides myself.

My girlfriend has taught me that not everything needs to be neat and orderly... and my OCD is thankful for that.

My wives - all four of them provide a different perspective, source of knowledge, depth of experience, and political viewpoint to any situation, while maintaining an environment of love, respect and passion.

As simple as it sounds, morning runs have helped me see the world in a different light. Looking around at Albany closely as I run has made me realize how much we miss when we're rushing around, just trying to get where we're going instead of taking in what's around us. I've seen so much cool architecture in downtown Albany that I'd never taken the time to admire over the past several months. We should all try to remember to stop and enjoy the world around us in the midst of our busy lives.

my nephews and niece have helped me see the food we eat in a different way

Good eats has helped my fiancé and I come up with many new cooking techniques. And my mother helped hone my interest and answers my questions all the time.

My daughter has allowed me to see life in so many new ways. It's wonderful!

But a night out with Alton would be a good break from her ;-)

The science of cooking class on EDX has let me see cooking in a whole new light. Kind of an extension of what Alton Brown does.

My time in college and graduate school.

My wonderful wife!

Online dating - it helped me see dating in a whole new way, mostly good, some bad. :) And it's helped me meet people who have changed the way I view lots of things, including my boyfriend of over a year!

Good eats has showed me the science aspect of cooking. The information from the show is also good to know when talking to friends who also like to cook.

Samael Aun Weor - author, lecturer and founder of Gnosis.

My uppety, neurotic coworker, who suffers from a constant fear of being fired at any moment has unwittingly taught me the virtue of slowing down, taking a breath and relaxing.

Easy for me - My wife and daughter have taught me to live in the moment and relax.

Eating right has also lowered my stress levels, this show is great.

I've been inspired by a lot of events and people, but I'll choose one source that is particularly relevant here - I've been a pescatarian since I watched Food, Inc. in 2009. I think with resources such as this documentary, our meat industry has improved, but I'm still wary of it.

The older people I work with. Cooking them a meal that is something I would eat myself, they won't complain about and is healthy has me reconsidering certain elements and getting creative.

Growing up in poverty in the south and eventually making our way out has taught me the basic needs that people are sometimes just not getting. Because of the people I know and met while poor, I am able to sympathize easier with people who are stuck in similar situations as myself and I hope to always carry that with me.

I can't really narrow it down to one person. Many people in my life have helped me appreciate the perspectives of others, incorporating different thoughts and ideas into my decisions. You realize that there really is "more than one way to skin a cat."

My uncle, the artist in NYC who taught me to see colors, shapes, and lines in a different way.

AH! I love Alton! His sense of humor and his food smarts. I'm an engineer so I love the science behind cooking, especially baking. However, my mom has helped me see that a recipe and an exact science are great, they can really hinder your creativity when I see her creating the most amazing meals totally off the cuff!! There is something to be said for a balance between the two :)

AOA has shown me some new and interesting things. I dig the historical posts which pop up from time to time!

A health scare a few years ago made me appreciate my blessings and to not sweat the small stuff. Life is too short.

When I first met my dad two years ago, he helped me see what family really means!

Joan Horgan, the director of Spiritual Life at Saint Rose has really opened my eyes to other faith backgrounds and this has allowed me to grow much more as a person. I look at life in a much different way thanks to her and everyone else at the sanctuary.

My best friend always helps me stand back and see the bigger picture. Sometimes things aren't always as good/bad as they seem!

My amazingly loving husband.

Ithaca Farmers Market when I was in college. It was the first time I ever had food from the people who grew/raised it. Completely changed my way of thinking about food.

Back when I worked down on Long Island at Grumman on the aluminum bread trucks project, I lived over by the bowling alley in Huntington Station. The commute was hell. I bowled with Skippy Kroicheck on Tuesday nights. His sister Lottie did OK on the Eastern National Karaoke Circuit and we decided to move in together into one of those condos they built by the mall on Route 110. She got a job selling rubber tires at Sears and Roebucks. Grumman laid me off. "We got no bread for bread," they laughed! Lottie left me for a guy in lubricants. Skippy joined a Suffolk County Auxiliary Police unit and didn't bowl no more. "We get free food on night shifts, just drive through in the squad cars!" Surrounded by water I never saw, in a place I had seen La Bamba performed at a karaoke bar seventy-nine times, I realized Long Island kind of sucked, but I had never thought about it until my friend and his sister had replaced me like an oil change.

14-15 years ago, my mother and step-father (who wasted no time taking the role as my dad, none of this "step" business) got involved in foster care. The first children (a pair of siblings) they were asked to help have long since been welcomed members of our family (indeed, they have been adopted by my parents and are truly my brother and sister). Fast forward to today and I can proudly say my idea of family has grown and changed for the better, thanks to the limitless love I've witnessed and experienced from my mom and dad. I've often said we truly are an All American Family.

A four week tour of the US in a tiny golden toyota corolla with two good friends opened my eyes.
That was seven years ago and I'm more than ready to take another look around.

Goya...horrors of war in art

Having children changed my perspective a lot.

My best friend's 4 year old son. He was so excited to be skipping one day and she let me know he had just learned to use both feet when skipping. I was reminded of all the things we have learned and will learn through our life.

Having kids changed the entire concept of planning meals and cooking for a week. And I don't mean in the baby stages (because everything changes then), but once you have kids in Elementary school with homework, and daily chores, and buses to ride in the morning. Still finding the time to eat healthy (and good) food, try new recipes, etc, really requires some work and planning!

My kids have made me slow down and appreciate little things--like cooking with them! Hard to stress about anything when you're coated with cookie dough.

Honestly, many blogs and the internet have really upped my confidence and the way I think about food. Now I can get tips and tricks about new dishes, and not worry about totally ruining them.


My boys! My boys inspire me to eat more healthy and try new foods, I want to set a good example for them! They also inspire me to break the rules and try new combinations- PPP sandwich for example- Peanut Butter Pickle and Potato Chips! Kids are amazing :)

My mom. She was always one to play devil's advocate; not to frustrate or discourage, but to be sure I would look at an issue or situation from as many vantage points as possible before acting.

My new fancy rose colored glasses, thanks Edith.

My little brother. He battles juvenile arthritis every day and still continues to smile.

My friends Ann and Jim, along with a documentary called "I am", helped me see the idea of competition, and "survival of the fittest" in a new way.

Doing philosophy was mind-changing.

My parents and grandma.

My daughter for showing me what really important in life.

My dog has taught me to be patient, to take time to play, and to just enjoy my time with the people I care about. Also, he's taught me to never leave him unattended while baking supplies are within reach.

I was a very angry young man while I was working at a call center, almost a decade ago. My friend Kareem tried to convince me that it wasn't worth being mad all the time: nothing we were doing there was going to change the world, and I should focus my energies on the things that COULD.

I didn't really take it to heart until after he was gone, unfortunately.

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