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The Inventing Room Grand Opening

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Danielle Lirette
Lemon curd ice cream, stewed blueberries, and whipped burnt meringue
Willy Wonka take notice: There's a new magician of all things sweet in town. Chef and inventor Ian Kleinman opened the Inventing Room, his science-lab dessert bar in the Ballpark neighborhood on Saturday, offering liquid-nitrogen ice cream, grape-jelly cotton candy, exploding whipped cream and plenty of other delights. Kids and adults alike queued up to watch Kleinman and his team go to work amid billowing smoke, spinning sugar and crackling, house-made pop-rocks. All photos by Danielle Lirette.