What could I do that would be cool and demonstrable for a crowd without actual onsite cooking? Lacto-fermention is one thing, at least the setup with a tasting of finished products, then I saw an article about making smoked ice for mixed drinks. Really??! Yes, really, and I knew that this would intrigue people.
When talking to people about my intention, the reactions were great. Once they realized that I was not talking about
- Dry ice (which does smoke nicely on its own)
- Consuming street drugs
- Some slang for excellence at winter sports
they became genuinely puzzled because of course smoking involves HOT while ice needs COLD, and the two seem completely incompatible.