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Dec 31, 2010 03:16 PM

Molecular Gastronomy in Michigan

My friends and I just finished reading My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster - an absolutely hilarious book by a great writer. In one chapter of the book the author and her husband go to Moto in Chicago and have a fabulous/crazy meal made with molecular gastronomy techniques. My friends and I would love to experience something like that in Michigan. Is there any Michigan restaurant that you think would show us some cutting edge food techniques? Recommendations appreciated.

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  1. I have a friend that staged at WD-40 for a bit. I will ask him if he can think of a example.

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        1. re: JanPrimus

          I'm a Wylie Dufresne fan, but I'm totally in the dark about what staging a WD-50 means. Can you enlighten me because I definitely want to be there whatever it is. : )

          1. re: Rosedale

            From Wiki....

            Staging is when a cook or chef works briefly, for free, in another chef's kitchen to learn and be exposed to new techniques and cuisines. A stage normally is used to see how a new chef or cook can adapt to the current environment in the kitchen.

            When a future chef is seeking an internship, often the stage is the next step after the interview.

            A server or waiter can also "stage" in a restaurant for much the same purpose. The word is French, so it is pronounced with a short a (ah) followed by zje -- stahzje, momo-syllabic.

            Edit: On a side note...he said nothing really exist around here worth mentioning.

    1. The closest thing to molecular gastronomy in michigan is irridensence doing some deconstruction type stuff..

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      1. re: interplanetjanet

        Thank you for the suggestions! I don't expect Michigan to have all the options of a big food city like Chicago, but sometimes we have nice surprises.

      2. Just dowloaded My Fair Lazy to my Nook. I'm not minding having the flu so much now. Thank you, Fancy Eats!

        1. While not Michigan, it's been reported that Mezzo on Erie St. in Windsor is doing some interesting molecular gastronomy. My review of thier menu shows it's a bit pricy but....

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          1. re: goatgolfer

            Review of their menu? Come on goatgolfer, take one for the team and give it a shot. :-)
            Very interesting lead, in any event.

          2. I appreciate everyone's suggestions!