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Say 'Cheers!" to Science Center's 21+ Food Science night March 11


Last updated 3/7/2016 at 6:03pm

Carnegie Science Center is teaming up with Wigle Whiskey for its next no-kids night on Friday, March 11, from 6-10 p.m.

21+ Food Science will offer a chance to taste the science of food and drink through hands-on activities -- and free samples

Activities will explore how sight, taste, and smell are related to how people experience food. While testing bitters from Wigle Whiskey, 21+ Night guests will discover how genetics can affect taste preference. Visitors can then put their knowledge of taste to the test as they sample some of Wigle’s spirits.

Activities exploring the differences between fermentation, malting, and distilling will be on tap. Visitors will have the chance to see gas production in action. Using yeast to convert carbohydrates into CO2, Science Center staffers will pit different substances against each other to see whether honey, sugar, or flour creates the best bubbles.

Other activities include using molecular chemistry to make fruit juice “caviar,” experimenting with the malting process, and watching a cooking demo in the Body Stage with Rivers Casino’s Chef Michael Shimek as he discusses the science of salt in food preparations. Chef Shimek will be preparing a dish of salt cured carpaccio of beef, with pickled mushrooms, radishes, and watercress.

As always, 21+ Night features live music, cash bars, snacks available for purchase, and the chance to experience four floors of hands-on exhibits – with no kids. Participants get a discount on Omnimax movies and laser shows that evening.

Proper identification is required, and all guests must show ID at the door. Tickets cost $10 in advance, and $15 at the door.

Guests will receive vouchers for $15 in free slot play at Rivers Casino, available at the ticket counter during the event, while supplies last.

For more information and to register, visit


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