If you're enough of a foodie to know that there's such a thing as a Munchie Award, you probably know that Alton Brown took home the 2013 Muchie for Best Food TV Personality.
He's best known for his long-running Food Network show "Good Eats," a fun and informative blend of comedy, recipes and education about the science of cooking.
Brown is now traveling the country with his Inevitable Edible Tour, which promises to offer much of the same style that has made him so popular. It also features live music (he'll be singing his songs "Airport Shrimp Blues" and "TV Cookin' Ain't Like No Other Cookin'"), a multimedia lecture and "food experimentation." Audience members will be invited on stage to be Brown's culinary assistants.
He's bringing the tour to Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota on Sunday. If that's not convenient for you, you can catch him the evening before, at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Tickets are about the same price at both shows, though the upper-end tickets at the Straz run about $8 more. For tickets to the Tampa show, go to www.strazcenter.org or call 941-229-7827.
The publicity materials for the show warn audience members that "things could get messy" and that "ponchos will be involved."
Details: 7 p.m. March 1, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $40-$55. Information: 941-953-3368, www.vanwezel.org.
-- Marty Clear