10 Things Learned at TEDx's Night of Food in Phoenix

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Jeremiah Toller
Short Leash's Brad Moore talks hot dogs in a big way at the TEDx Evans Churchill event.
Last night speakers from throughout the food world joined forces to present some of their discoveries to a sold out Phoenix audience at TEDx Evans Churchill's "If You Can't Take The Heat, Get Out of The Kitchen" event. From beer masters to urban farmers and avid juicers, the event looked at a range of topics, each vetted in about nine minutes. The rapid-fire presentation method ensured speakers kept it concise and were on point.

The presentations from last night's event will be available on the TEDx YouTube channel in about two weeks, but here is a sneak peak of 10 of the best moments from last night's event at the Phoenix Convention Center:

See also: TEDx Evans Churchill event at the Phoenix Convention Center

Working in a food truck is really physically demanding.
Brad Moore of Short Leash spoke about making the transition from food truck to brick and mortar restaurant, but before that, he let the audience know that the heat is a very real thing in a food truck kitchen. Imagine being in an 80 square foot metal box with a deep fryer, a grill, a stove top, an oven, and more, all in close quarters with another person.

As he put it, that leaves "no room for any assholery," but it's also something you should really consider before opening up that dumplings food truck. (But someone should really do that, please.)

"Chew your juice."
Kelly Watkins of Juby True, a Sam Fox-backed juice bar chain, knows her juice and, as a nurse, knows her nutrition. However, she says the one thing first-time juicers really need to do is swish their juice around, rather than just gulping it down. According to Watkins, a juice isn't a beverage, but more of a super-concentrated elixir. Swishing it before swallowing will help some of those enzymes in your saliva begin to break down the nutrients in the juice.

There are edible weed treats that get you high, and then there are legitimate MMJ-medicated foods that don't.
When chef Payton Curry took the stage to talk about edible weed foods, we'll admit we expected a bunch of stoner brownies. Instead, he educated the crowd on the difference between THC-rich treats, which do get you high, and the CBN/CBD infusions he's been working on that have helped families with children who either had severe epilepsy or were autistic with violent episodes. Curry's work is completely legal in the state and his use of all local and organic ingredients means he's feeding these children high-quality, nutritious foods that are also medibles. Between that work and running Brat Haus, you have to wonder where he finds the time.

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Jeremiah Toller
"Weediatrics," "Mary-nara" sauce, and more, all courtesy of Curry's pun-laden talk.
Payton Curry's punsmanship was on point.
What Curry did make plenty of time for was giving the audience pretty much non-stop laughs in a nine minute period with a series of weed-laced dish names. Don't let the funny names fool you, though. His work is really serious.

Gadzooks' assembly line gives the customer control, but also keeps prices down and quality up.
Owner Aaron Pool took the stage to dispel thoughts that he stole Chipotle's concept. Really his assembly line ordering process allows the customer to be completely satisfied with the end product by allowing them to call out "audibles" through the whole process. Longer time in the oven? More crema? No problem. This process of mix and match maximizes the ingredients available at Gadzooks, allowing for near-limitless possibilities for combinations.

However, the fast casual approach also allows him to make it a quality-driven product, rather than relying on quantity like a fast food joint. However, since it also isn't a table service restaurant either, he can keep prices lower.


Location Info

Short Leash Sit...Stay

110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Brat Haus

3622 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Gadzooks

3313 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Phoenix Convention Center

100 N. Third St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General


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george372
george372

Thanks for your review. Your comments made my day. It was an excellent evening and my great thanks to those who invited me to speak. One small correction however, credit for the School and associated greenhouse belong to the great folks at the Roosevelt School District , not to me. I  and my firm RighTrac are honored to be one of a group of folks including the Urban Horticulture Program at Mesa Community College  helping to make Roosevelt's dream real.


Dr. George B. Brooks, Jr.

DrGeorge Brooks
DrGeorge Brooks

A very nice article. Made my day ;-). It was an excellent evening and my great thanks to those who invited me to speak. One small correction however, credit for the School and associated greenhouse belong to the great folks at the Roosevelt School District , not to me. I and my firm RighTrac are honored to be one of a group of folks helping to make Roosevelt's dream real.

Hr Hamada
Hr Hamada

Didn't even know it was going on. I'm disappointed I missed it. I heard it was catered by Squid Ink. They went a little molecular. Seared scallop with Dragonfruit vinaigrette, coconut sea foam, faux caviar made with actual squid ink and shisho micro greans, prosciutto chips

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