Cars began clogging the intersection at the corner of Union and Bond Streets last evening around dusk to gawk at what appeared to be a U-Haul trailer made of glass. Atop the transparent truck stood various chefs in formal wear, vigorously cranking an enormous gear before screaming, “Fire in the hole!” And then the chefs–as well as most of the truck–disappeared in a thunderous puff of white smoke that, once settled, revealed a massive blue tarp piled with steaming mounds of … cereal.
The contraption was actually a 3,200 pound puffing gun originally used to make puffed cereals like Kix in the early 1900s; the machine will be the first exhibit of the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD), which debuts publicly on Saturday at Summer Streets (it’ll be in Foley Square from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.).
Last evening’s preview in Carroll Gardens was just one of several fundraising efforts (which also included a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $100K last month). Located at the Green Building, guests enjoyed a short rib dinner from Momofuku’s Ma Peche and Cap’n Crunch Cake by Milk Bar along with cocktails by Booker & Dax’s Dave Arnold, MOFAD’s President and Founder. Hosted with remarks by Ted Allen, the celebrity chef-studded room also enjoyed puffed cereal snacks directly from the gun, which were seasoned with various toppings in a miniature cement mixer.
Hit the next pages for some images of the explosive evening.