Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cool! Food Science at Adventure Science Center

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 5:53 AM

Learn more about the scientific side of the foods you eat at a special Adventure Science Center event, where tortillas fly, molecules gel and we find out just how many bugs we really eat.

What happens that turns coffee from a green berry to a fragrant bean? Why are some people known as supertasters? What's the right way to flip a pancake? What are the aerodynamic properties of tortillas? On Saturday, July 30, Adventure Science Center will answer these questions during “CHOMP!” — a food science special event.

From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., visitors will meet exotic fruits and vegetables, discover how bugs are already part of everyone’s diet, and watch local chefs in action. Bongo Java Roasting Co. will show why the “Maillard Reaction” is important to roasting coffee beans and other foods. Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Co. will share the science of chocolate, tracing its transformation from cacao bean to treats. Visitors may also explore the hottest of the coolest trends in cooking science — molecular gastronomy!

Some activities planned throughout the day:

* Engage in conversations with experts about organic farming, composting, genetics and more at the Ask an Expert Table.

* Are You a Supertaster? Find out if you have a genetic trait known as “supertasting.”

* Turn a zucchini into an aardvark or an orange into an alien at the Edible Art station, which allows visitors to get creative and build food sculptures with fruits and vegetables.

* Test your knowledge of physics and your science savvy at the Chomp Olympics, where guests compete in the Tortilla Toss, Salad Bowl and Pancake Flip.

* How Many Bugs Have You Eaten Today? Discover how bugs are already a part of everyone’s diet. Are you brave enough to eat a bug?

* Visit the Food Petting Zoo to learn about exotic fruits and vegetables, and how they are used around the world.

The Science Center will also offer $1 off general admission that day to visitors who bring an emergency food box item (peanut butter, baby food, canned meat, canned vegetables/fruit, macaroni and cheese or cereal) to be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Each guest must have an item to receive the discount. Blue Bell Dairy will also give out free ice cream, while supplies last.

“CHOMP!” activities are included with regular admission to Adventure Science Center, which is $12 for adults; $10 for children ages 2 to 12, seniors 65+, active military families (with ID) and college students (with ID); and free for certified Tennessee teachers (with school ID).

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