By KAYLA BOUCHARD, Hill Country News
A pop-up restaurant created by the sister of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and designed by a NASA scientist to bring food, family and fun together will make an appearance in Cedar Park this month.
Sue’s Tech Kitchen, described as a “family-friendly, tech-fueled program,” will stop in Cedar Park on July 13-15 as part of a nine-city tour this summer.
Created by Randi Zuckerberg, former director of market development for Facebook, the program will bring STEM-focused concepts to food, such as 3D printing s’mores for attendees to enjoy.
“When Randi explained her new tech concept to me, I couldn’t wait to bring it to 1890 Ranch,” said ShopCore Properties President Luke Petherbridge. “We are committed to bringing innovative and educational experiences to our centers and are thrilled to be partnering with Sue’s Tech Kitchen. As a parent, I understand the importance of introducing children to the world of technology, and I am pleased to be able to bring this opportunity to Cedar Park and the surrounding communities.”
Zuckerberg founded Sue’s Tech Kitchen with support from a team of tech experts, engineers and scientists, innovating the intersection of food and science as an interactive experience for kids and adults alike to enjoy. The Kitchen concocts edible experiments for all ages that cultivate healthy relationships with technology and encourage kids to embrace STEM skills in a fun and collaborative “snack-hack” concept.
“We are so excited to continue our Sue’s Tech Kitchen national tour in these soon-to-be major tech markets,” said Zuckerberg. “Making sure kids and families have access to the tools they need to explore STEM education has always been a driving force for us, and as we continue our stops, we’re developing more interactive stations that are exciting our guests and teaching them critical skills at the same time.”
Activities and experiences at the Cedar Park pop-up restaurant will include 3D-printed s’mores, coding with candy and a subzero stand demonstrating the science of liquid nitrogen, as well as brand new features, such as RoboKitchen, drone treat drops and more. Zuckerberg Media and Sue’s Tech Kitchen inventors and leaders will be on-site to meet and greet audiences and STEM enthusiasts.
Sue’s Tech Kitchen will be open at 1890 Ranch, 1335 E Whitestone Blvd, Suite T-160 in Cedar Park. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 13-14 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 15. Admission is $24.95 per person. Ages 2 and under get in for free. Tickets are available for purchase at http://www.suestechkitchen.com.