the curator of (and founder and primary contributor
to) the Burnt Food Museum.
Harley (here seen with one of the BFM Mugs) is assistant
curator of the BFM.
OFFICIAL MUSEUM HARPIST: Katya
Herman is the official Royal Burnt Food Museum harpist.
TOURS: The Private BFM Tour “Experience”
BFM contains some of the greatest original carbonized
cullinary artwork in the world. It’s been featured
on the Food Network’s “Unwrapped,” NPR’s “Weekend
Edition" and “Splendid Table,” ABC’s “The
View” and countless blogs and programs worldwide.
YOU can visit this intimate museum in a private tour experience with
BFM founder and curator, Deborah Henson-Conant, herself as
your guide. Invite up to nine companions to join you
for this interactive theatrical tour experience that combines
engaging mix of character, observation, humor, discussion
and performance-art — all inspired by the cullinary
and philosophial complexities of the Burnt Food Museum’s
Curator will greet you, guide you through the museum, providing
a personal history of each piece and
presenting a brief dramatic reading of testimonials from
BFM contributing artists. You'll see dozens of original BFM
exhibits first-hand, including the seminal "Free Standing
Hot Apple Cider" ... and upon request, the curator may
even play you a tune on her harp.
The Burnt Food Museum is a private museum, and open exclusively for private events. A Private Museum Tour Experience is a 90-minute interactive event for up to 9 guests ($3500). If you have a larger group, let us know the size - and we'll let you know what's possible.
To arrange a Private Museum Tour Experience, email the curator at the email address above, and let us know what dates/times you're interested in and the size of your group.
The museum was
founded in the late 1980's one night when Deborah put on
a small pot of Hot Apple Cider to heat, then received
an unexpected . . . fascinating . . . and very long phone
call. By the time Deborah returned to the kitchen, the Cider
had become a "Cinder" and thus the first, and perhaps
still the most impressive, exhibit: "Free Standing Hot
Apple Cider" was born.
THEN, countless other works have entered the museum, such
as "Thrice Baked Potato," "Why
Sure, You Can Bake Quiche in the Microwave," the indestructible
Soy Pups," and the lovely matching
set of Pizza Toast.
The museum, its curator and it's educational display "Before and After: Toast" were
the cover story for the Jan/Feb 1992 "Journal of Irreproducible
Results;" the Museum has been toured by the hosts of
NPR's Weekend Edition, Morning Edition, and featured on NPR's
"The Splendid Table." In 2002, a televised tour
of the museum featured on the Food Network's "Unwrapped"
remember the Museum's Motto: "To
Cook the Museum Way -- `always leave the flame on low .
and then take a long nap."
TIP: Never scrimp on fire extinguishers and smoke alarms.
They are decorative, colorful and lend a
cozy, warm atmosphere to any kitchen . .
START YOUR OWN BURNT FOOD
How many times have you 'ruined' a batch of chocolate chip
cookies or a romantic dinner for two?
Turn those culinary 'failures' (that, if 'succesful'
would have been gone forever after a single meal) into LIFELONG
TREASURES for you and your famiy to enjoy!
That's right - you, too, could have a wing
of the Burnt Food Museum in your very own home! Set aside
a special shelf in your own kitchen for those surprising
and wonderful objects of art that YOU created without even
Submit your works via our "Burnt Food Museum: Artwork Submission Form (pdf)"
Then surprise & delight your friends! Wear your "Museum
Of Burnt Food Field Research Team" apron while you display your culinary artwork (Aprons and other BFM delights available at our online Museum Souvenir Shop).
And for girl scouts and boy scouts. . . join our efforts to
lobby the Scout Council to include a "Burnt Beyond Perfection" badge!