Chemistry of Chocolate with Notebaert Nature Museum
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (CDT)
Tourists marvel at it, but Chicagoans just smile. In the north Loop at certain times of the day, if the wind is blowing just right, the air is filled with the delicious, delightful aroma of chocolate. It's not magic, it's simply Blommer Chocolate Company's production line briefly brightening everyone's mood.
Whether you consider it a daily necessity, an indulgence or your drug of choice, chocolate is a marvel. You love it. But to fully appreciate it you should understand its amazing chemical properties. Here is your rare chance to learn more about your beloved sweet treat.
How is chocolate actually made?
What's the real distinction between dark and milk chocolate? And what's up with "white" chocolate?
Why does it sometimes turn a grayish color?
What's the role of emulsifiers and incompatible fats?
What are the findings of all those health studies done on chocolate?
Illinois Science Council is partnering with the Notebaert Nature Museum to offer one of our most popular programs about the chemistry of stuff we care about (and perhaps keep a secret stash in a our desk drawer). This unique workshop on the Chemistry of Chocolate will be led by Dr. Shelby Hatch, chemistry faculty at Northwestern University, along with the Melissa Tisoncik, R&D Specialist with Blommer Chocolate Company.
This time it will be part of the "Nature on Tap" adults-only program at the museum's beautiful space in Lincoln Park. The ticket price includes access to the Nature Museum from 6-9pm including: access to the new exhibits "The Birth of Chocolate" and "Food: The Nature of Eating" plus butterfly, live animal interactions, live music and a cash bar featuring local craft beers. The Butterfly Haven will be open from 6-8pm. Tickets are $35 but Nature Museum members receive $10 off ticket the price by entering "MuseumMember" as the promo code (users of the discount code will be checked against Musuem's member list).
No science prerequisites necessary but you must be 21 or older. Sign up now -- space is very limited! Visit IllinoisScience.org for info on other upcoming programs.
Blommer Chocolate is a fully integrated chocolate and cocoa manufacturer serving customers around the world. A family tradition, the company was founded in 1939 in Chicago, Illinois by Henry Blommer, Sr., along with his brothers Al and Bernard. Today, with four generations of chocolate makers behind it, Blommer is still family-run and has grown to become one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in North America. Their success is a direct result of dedication to the Blommer brothers’ founding principles – quality, consistency and concern for the customer.
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Illinois Science Council
Illinois Science Council ("ISC") is an independent 501c3 organization that engages, educates, and entertains the adult public about science, technology, engineering and math in our everyday lives. We showcase the scientists and research of those Chicago-area institutions and companies that make Chicago our nation's true "City of Science."
We are inspired and motivated by this Carl Sagan quote: “The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous."
ISC explores all areas of science and technology and we do it with a fun, non-stuffy approach. We don't care what's been forgotten since we were in school (or never learned in the first place). It's simply about continuing to exercise our inexhaustible human sense of curiosity. Visit: IllinoisScience.org for more info or to get involved.