“CHOMP!” gives Adventure Science Center visitors a taste of food science
Sink your teeth into this day-long event celebrating the science of food from the farm to the table
On Saturday, July 30, Adventure Science Center invites Middle Tennesseans to indulge their inner-foodie during “CHOMP!” – a special event exploring questions such as; What makes something gel? What does chemistry have to do with your morning cup of coffee? Why are some people known as supertasters? What are the aerodynamic properties of tortillas? This special event will answer these questions and more.
Science Center guests will be introduced to exotic fruits and vegetables, discover what roles bugs already play in your diet and be able to watch local chefs in action. Bongo Java Roasting Co. will demonstrate why the “Maillard Reaction” is important to roasting coffee beans and other foods. Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Company will tell you all about the science of chocolate, following its transformation from cacao beans to delectable desserts. Visitors will also get to explore the newest trends in cooking science – molecular gastronomy!
“Exploring food science reminds us how fundamental science is to our everyday lives” said Susan Duvenhage, CEO of Adventure Science Center. “CHOMP! will bring a new perspective to how we look at food.”
Activities planned throughout the day include:
- 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.
For $1 off, 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 a food item to receive discount.
“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 TN teachers (with school ID).
For more information about this and other Science Center events, go to www.adventuresci.com.
Adventure Science Center
800 Fort Negley Blvd
Nashville TN 37203