Cooking with Crickets

 

Did you know that cooking with cricket flour is a sure-fire way to add protein and nutrients to your diet? Join Robert Nathan Allen (“RNA”) from the Aspire Food Group in Austin, Texas, for a guided evening of cooking with cricket flour. Here’s where we get fancy with a certain food group typically thought of as, well, just the opposite! Culinary adventurers, join us!

You’ll also get perfect wine and beer pairing options along the way.

This is a Beakerhead for a Better World event, presented in partnership with Trico Charitable Foundation. 18+

Cricket flour provided by Next Millennium Farms

Allergy alert: People with shellfish allergies may experience an allergy to insects.

 

 

Designing Disruption: Merging Fashion and Technology (workshop + talk)

Featured at SXSW and in Wired, Dutch textiles innovator and fashion designer Borre Akkersdijk believes that textiles are technology. After all, the clothes on our back are such an integral part of our lives that they too should be considered a medium for social change and as a trigger for technological advancement. In this special presentation, Borre will share his methods of integrating fashion and technology, and explore how the fashion industry can cause positive disruption in our world. Tickets for Talk-only (11:00 am – 12:00 pm): $15

A hands-on workshop will follow where participants will be guided by Borre through scenarios to sketch and prototype their own designs. Materials included. This is a Beakerhead for a Better World, presented in partnership with Trico Charitable Foundation. Tickets for workshop (1:00 – 6:00 pm): $75, includes talk

Recommended for 16+ years old; ideal for adults interested and working in design, fashion, technology and related fields.

Designing Disruption: Merging Fashion and Technology (Talk only)

Featured at SXSW and in Wired, Dutch textiles innovator and fashion designer Borre Akkersdijk believes that textiles are technology. After all, the clothes on our back are such an integral part of our lives that they too should be considered a medium for social change and as a trigger for technological advancement. In this special presentation, Borre will share his methods of integrating fashion and technology, and explore how the fashion industry can cause positive disruption in our world. Tickets for Talk-only (11:00 am – 12:00 pm): $15

A hands-on workshop will follow where participants will be guided by Borre through scenarios to sketch and prototype their own designs. Materials included. This is a Beakerhead for a Better World, presented in partnership with Trico Charitable Foundation. Tickets for workshop (1:00 – 6:00 pm): $75, includes talk

Recommended for 16+ years old; ideal for adults interested and working in design, fashion, technology and related fields.

Temporary Gallery of Lasting Impressions

A STRING (THEORY) OF INCREDIBLE ENCOUNTERS

Its doors were locked for years, but thanks to Strategic Group, Calgary’s historic Barron Building is coming back to life as an engineering backdrop for contemporary art. During Beakerhead, it will be a sublime stage for SoleNoid, a western Canadian premiere by German artist, Peter William Holden, and As Above, So Below, an illuminated installation by internationally renowned Calgary-based artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett, made of Nanoleaf light bulbs that can last up to 40 years. Nanoleaf is a Beakerhead for a Better World project, presented in partnership with Trico Charitable Foundation.

Operating Hours:

Open to the public September 17 – 20

  • Home of The Gorgeous Molecule, Thursday, September 17 at 7:30 pm, and The Gorgeous Libation, Friday, September 18 at 8:00 pm (tickets required for both special events)
  • Public viewing on Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Gorgeous Molecule

Blending the science of modernist cuisine with an evocative art experience in the historic Barron Building, this food experience will be an encounter with the sublime.

Moving from a construction site on ground floor, you’ll navigate to the fourth floor, which has been transformed into a temporary art gallery for two compelling artworks: a new interactive art installation by renowned Calgary artists, Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett and a mechanical wonder by British artist Peter William Holden. Closed toes shoes recommended.

Then climb the stairs once more to a once-in-a-lifetime molecular food and drink experiment, conducted by acclaimed chefs:

  • Chefs Michele Aurigemma, Paul Stoffel and Sean Thornhill from Q Haute Cuisine,
  • Chefs John Michael Macneil and Alison Bieber,
  • Chef Darren Maclean from Skokunin Izakaya,
  • Chef Liana Robberect and Ronnie Gillman from WinSport,
  • Mixologist Christina Mah of Raw Bar, and
  • Mixologist Clarice Gordon of Hotel Arts.

These top chefs have donated their time for this unique event and fundraiser for the Beakerhead education program. A $60 charitable receipt is provided with each ticket purchase.

Thank you to presenter TD and partners Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance and Strategic Group18+

Check out the menu

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* Please note that the Barron Building is in mid-transition and working site. We would suggest closed-toe shoes (with wedges or wide heels for ladies).

How Doing Good in the World is Great Business

It is entirely possible to make money with a business whose goals are to solve the world’s problems.

Meet five incredible social entrepreneurs whose companies are tackling the world’s problems, all while conquering markets! You’ve seen their Beakerhead for a Better World exhibits around town, now hear their extraordinary journeys.

  • Ecovative Design (USA), creators of the organic mushroom blocks®
  • SunSaluter (Canada), personal solar energy sources
  • Aspire Food Group (USA), international expert at the forefront of the crickets-for-food movement
  • Nanoleaf (USA), the world’s most efficient light bulb with a lifespan of between 27 and 40 years, and
  • BB Suit (The Netherlands), suit that purifies the air around the wearer.

Boxed lunch by Chef Nicole Gomes from Canada’s Top Chef, included – all made with locally-sourced food! Vegetarian option will also be available.

Meet your host: Dave Kelly

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Dave was the face of morning television in Calgary where was nominated four times and twice won the “Best Television Host” AMPIA Award for his work on Calgary’s Breakfast Television on Citytv.

Dave has been around the world hosting live interview and panel conversations, most recently sitting down with ambassadors, prime ministers and religious leaders in Amman, Jordan for a conference of 150 of the world’s top CEOs.

This is a Beakerhead for a Better World project, presented in partnership with Trico Charitable Foundation.

Bugs and Beer

Join cricket farming expert Robert Nathan Allen for a pint and discussion about why we all need to rethink food. It’s like a science café, but with roasted crickets instead of salted nuts. Pair up your favorite Big Rock Beer (Grasshopper, anyone?)! 18+ Geek Responsibly

Trico Charitable Foundation

This is a Beakerhead for a Better World event, presented in partnership with the Trico Charitable Foundation.

Allergy alert: People with shellfish allergies may experience an allergy to insects.

 

MEDIA RELEASE: Official kick-off for Beakerhead …

For Immediate Release / September 16, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE

Official kick-off for Beakerhead
takes place in the world’s largest pop-up gallery

[Calgary, Canada] — The five days of Beakerhead officially get rolling today with the world’s largest pop-up gallery, called a String (Theory) of Incredible Encounters, with a circumference of five kilometres around downtown Calgary.

The series of public art installations is an exploration in creativity at the crossroads of art, science and engineering, and can be seen by touring Calgary’s neighbourhoods, from Inglewood to East Village to Victoria Park, 17th Ave and Kensington. The home base or hub for Beakerhead this year is at Station B (the Beakerhead moniker for installations at Fort Calgary).

Station B is home to two other massive firsts – a 30-foot high version of the arcade claw game, and a 6,400 square foot sandbox – all designed to inspire human ingenuity.

Beakerhead 2015 event will erupt on the streets and venues of Calgary from September 16 to 20, and includes more than 160 collaborators and 60 public events, ranging from theatre where the audience is dining as part of the show to installations where you walk through a human nose. More than 25,000 students will be engaged in Beakerhead through field trips, classroom visits and ingenuity challenges.

“Four years ago, Suncor decided to support Beakerhead because they celebrate and foster learning and collaboration between science, arts and technology in wonderful and innovative ways,” says Gary Bunio, general manager, strategic technology, Suncor. “This incredible event has done just that and shown us that the possibilities are larger than any of us can imagine when you bring together engineers and artists, and unleash the creative talent in both.”

The five-day long event attracts residents and tourists from around the world. Visitors will encounter a number of international debuts, such as a 35-feet tall inflatable artwork named The Fabulist, an interactive light installation called Up Above, So Below, a 10,000 mushroom block installation called In/Flux, and the international premiere of part science, part musical show, called the Rock ‘n Roll History of Space Exploration.

“We are pleased to be a partner of the Beakerhead for a Better World exhibits, celebrating how science, engineering and art can expand our minds, engage our senses, and solve the planet’s most challenging social problems.” Wayne Chiu, Executive Chair of the Trico Charitable Foundation.

To learn more about Beakerhead’s third year line-up, visit Beakerhead.com.

Media Contact:

Michelle Htun-Kay

1-403-971-5180

michelle@beakerhead.com

 

NOTE TO EDITORS: List of funders 

In/Flux

Open to the public throughout Sept 16 – 20

It turns out that mushrooms belong in more than our salads. They also serve as excellent packing materials. Visit a truly interactive public art installation by architects Vlad Amiot and Spencer Cutten. Bonus: the 10,000 fungi blocks are compostable, too. The blocks come from Ecovative Design, one of Fast Company’s 2015 “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies Dedicated To Social Good.”

This is a Beakerhead for a Better World project, presented in partnership with Trico Charitable Foundation.

 

 

 

It’s a Bug’s Life

Are you ready to replace your beef burger with a bug burger?

Are crickets the new chicken?

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BUGS AND BEERS

The Palomino Smokehouse, 5:00 – 7:00 pm – tickets on sale now

COOKING WITH CRICKETS

Cookbook Co. Cooks, 5:00 – 8:00 pm – tickets on sale now

HOW DOING GOOD IN THE WORLD IS GREAT BUSINESS

Glenbow Museum Theatre, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm – tickets on sale now

 

All the above events, featuring the Aspire Food Group, are part of the Beakerhead for a Better World, in partnership with Trico Charitable Foundation.

 

 

 

Want a sneak peek? Here’s Jay Ingram eating brownies out of cricket flour on CBC Homestretch.

 

Announcing the mushroom block designer … you!

A cul-de-sac in Calgary will become an outdoor gallery for a large-scale structure that is the inspiration of winning architect interns, Vlad Amiot and Spencer Cutten.

Their entry won a competition to design a temporary public artwork using 10,000 mushroom blocks this September, as part of the annual smash up of art, science and engineering called Beakerhead. The blocks, made from mushroom spores and agricultural waste, are the brainchild of entrepreneurs, Ecovative Designs, who wanted to build packaging materials out of compostable materials rather than foam or plastic.

According to Amiot and Cutten, their piece, called IN/FLUX, is an experiment in form where visitors have the opportunity to directly influence the shape of a moving wall.

By allowing visitors to shape the installation, the architects hope to foster a sense of community while also allowing for a sense of personal ownership in the piece. Environmental factors, such as wind, may also manipulate the piece’s form. The response to the environment is also important to the designers. Together, it is hoped the experiences drive home the delicate but important connections between humanity, the world we construct, the environment, and our power to shape all three.

Nighttime rendering by Vlad Amiot and Spencer Cutten
Nighttime rendering by Vlad Amiot and Spencer Cutten

The mushroom blocks are one of five Beakerhead for a Better World projects that look at how art, science and engineering can come together not only to entertain and astonish, but to solve the world’s greatest problems. Beakerhead for a Better World is a partnership with the Trico Charitable Foundation.

“Engineering and art have deeply related traits that make them perfect tools for reimaging how we can solve the most important and perplexing problems facing our planet. We believe that art and engineering can save the world, and through Beakerhead, Calgarians will experience powerful examples, like light bulbs that last 40 years or air-purifying suits, and be inspired and empowered to create their own solutions,” says Wayne Chiu, Executive Chair of the Trico Charitable Foundation. The Trico Charitable Foundation provokes innovation and builds capacity in social entrepreneurship.

Beakerhead is a year-round initiative that culminates every September in five days of engineered works of art and culture, turning Calgary into a playground for human ingenuity. Everyone is welcome, and the majority of events are free.

The third annual Beakerhead will run September 16-20, 2015.

Download the full media release – click here.

This installation is one of five social good activations appearing at Beakerhead 2015, in partnership with the Trico Charitable Foundation. Check out the Beakerhead for a Better World trailer.

A meal of crickets in a mushroom block dwelling … the future?

MEDIA RELEASE: Beakerhead Creative Society and Trico Charitable Foundation connect ingenuity and the social good

[Calgary, Canada | 2 June 2015] — A cul-de-sac in Calgary will become an outdoor gallery for a large-scale structure made from mushrooms this September as part of the annual smash up of art, science and engineering called Beakerhead. The blocks, made from mushroom spores and agricultural waste, are the brainchild of an entrepreneur who wanted to build packaging materials out of compostable materials rather than foam or plastic.

The mushroom blocks are one of five ‘Beakerhead for a Better World’ projects that will be part of the Beakerhead experience this September through a partnership with the Trico Charitable Foundation. The experiences will highlight how smash ups of art, science and engineering can help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges, including reimagining food (cooking classes involving cricket flour); reimagining clothing (workshops on air purifying body suits); reimagining energy (homemade solar harnessing devices) and even reimagining the iconic example of ingenuity, the light bulb (installations using light bulbs with a lifespan of several decades).

“Engineering and art have deeply related traits that make them perfect tools for reimaging how our world works. We believe that art and engineering can change the world, and through Beakerhead, Calgarians will experience five powerful examples. We hope these stories inspire our city to create their own solutions, combining art, engineering and social entrepreneurship for a better world,” says Wayne Chiu, Executive Chair of the Trico Charitable Foundation. The Trico Charitable Foundation provokes innovation and builds capacity in social entrepreneurship.

“Human ingenuity requires the use of all your skills – both creative and technical. That’s what Beakerhead is all about. As a registered educational charity, we’re keen to partner with the Trico Charitable Foundation to show how these skills can be focused on making the world a better place,” said Mary Anne Moser, president and co-founder of Beakerhead Creative Society.

Beakerhead is a year-round initiative that culminates every September in five days of engineered works of art and interactive experiences, turning Calgary into a playground for new ideas that bring art and entertainment together with science and engineering. Everyone is welcome, and the majority of events are free.

The third annual Beakerhead will run September 16-20, 2015. The 2015 program highlights will be announced on June 10, 2015.


Contact: Michelle Htun-Kay, +1-403-971-5180 or michelle@beakerhead.com

Note to editors: Backgrounder attached includes description of five socially minded entrepreneurs coming to Calgary.
Download the complete media release and backgrounder – click here

B-roll for media usage (downloadable file available by clicking on the title): Ecovative Organic Mushroom Blocks