And I thought I was a huge fan of Alton Brown!
After all, the instant I got word - Dec. 9, to be exact - that the Food Network cooking celebrity was taking his show on the road and would be in Colorado Springs this month, I bought my ticket. I even splurged on a VIP seat in the third row center, not knowing that was the "VIP Poncho Zone." I was like a 4-year-old waiting for Christmas.
Finally, the day arrived. I got the VIP treatment, which started with a meet-and-greet with Brown before the show. That's when I discovered someone more goofy about Brown than me. First in line to shake hands was second-grader Georgia Elliott and her dad, Colby. They live in Denver and had seen Brown's same show the previous night. Georgia is a die-hard fan. The two began watching reruns of Brown's "Good Eats" about two years ago.
"She is on the track system (at school), which means we had three weeks off together in every season," said Colby, who works from home. "We had been watching 'Yo Gabba Gabba' when she decided she wanted a show that 'wasn't for babies.' I had heard of 'Good Eats' and was curious as to what it was about. Between Alton's personality, the fun science lessons and the cool recipes, we were hooked instantly, and it became our Daddy-and-Georgia show."
Colby learned of the Springs appearance on Brown's podcast and purchased tickets the day they went on sale. Georgia's birthday is in February, he said, so "I thought it would be a squeal-worthy surprise, and it was."
When the show in Denver was added, Colby decided to get tickets for that performance, too.
Now having seen the show, I can say emphatically that a second time would be as much fun.
Oh, about the poncho zone. During the second half of the show, plastic ponchos are tossed to those seated in the first three rows to protect them from flying food. Receiving one of those ponchos made Georgia, who was seated nearby, squeal again.
What was her favorite part of the show?
"The Jet Cream," she said, referring to the contraption Brown used to make chocolate ice cream with a CO2 extinguisher. He made a gallon of ice cream in 10 seconds. When he opened the chamber holding the frozen goodness, some of it sprayed into the audience. Georgia was so tickled to be in the poncho zone that she wore it the rest of the night.