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12-year-old Gregory Gerst shows his audience how to craft dishes using molecular gastronomy.
12-year-old Gregory Gerst shows his audience how to craft dishes using molecular gastronomy.
Guests received a helping of vanilla ice cream with rootbeer caviar, one of the dishes.
Guests received a helping of vanilla ice cream with rootbeer caviar, one of the dishes.

Pennypickle’s Workshop educates kids through play for ten years

Friday, July 4th, 2014
Issue 27, Volume 18.
Michelle Mears-Gerst
Special to the Valley News

Children have been discovering science through play at Pennypickle’s Workshop Temecula Children’s Museum for a decade. In celebration of its anniversary, the museum has been offering science-events-extravaganzas where kids can visit the home of wacky inventor Professor Phineas T. Pennypickle and play with his crazy scientific experiments and inventions.

The museum kept kids busy over the weekend in celebration of the ten years with a Surprise-O-Science event on Friday, June 27. One of the surprises for guests of all ages was a presentation in Molecular Gastronomy cooking, a form of cooking that blends physics and chemistry to transform the tastes and textures of food.

Guest child-Chef Gregory was on hand to show off his molecular gastronomy experiments like turning root beer into tiny caviar looking eggs. The young audience was in awe as they saw the root beer transform right before their eyes. Vanilla ice cream was served to all the guests with a spoonful of root beer caviar on top.

"This was fun. I love to cook and the kids must have liked it they kept coming back for more," said Gregory Gerst, age 12. Gregory has been coming to Pennypickles since it first open on June 25, 2004.

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Pat Comerchero, gave Gregory a Molecular Gastronomy cookbook to review in April and since then he has been practicing not only the recipes from the book but making up his own, like the root beer caviar.

"The book has recipes using strawberries or balsamic vinegar or mint syrup but I love root beer floats and this is my version of a root beer float that doesn’t float," Gregory said.

The book titled Molecular Gastronomy by MOLECULE-R Cookbook has 40 stunning recipes explained and illustrated, and will be sold in Pennypickles along with kits in the gift shop.

On Saturday, Habitat for Humanity ReStore was the sponsor for the Building-Crazy-Contraptions Family Workshop.

The rules of building were thrown out the door after Professor Pennypickle threw out all instructions. The museum closed off their parking lot and allowed kids to create contraptions of their own design out of piles of "junk." It was an amazing chance to let kids be as creative as they liked.

There is always something fun and educational going on at Pennypickles. Workshops are open every Monday in July and if you log onto their website, you can find a calendar of events for the rest of the year.



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