Science Pub Portland: Science of Cookies

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DEC 12, 2017 | 7-9PM



Backvergnügen! The Art, Science and Culture of German Christmas Cookies

With Sue Queisser, BS, Project Manager in the Center for Sensory & Consumer Behavior Research at Oregon State University

December 12, 2017 | 7-9PM; Doors Open @ 5PM | 

$5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door. Tickets available online or at the OMSI front desk; see below for details.


Please note: Theory, OMSI's restaurant won't be open on Dec 12. Food and drinks will only be available from the Empirical Cafe.


While German Christmas cookies have been around for a long time and there’s a lot of tradition tied to them, this talk is anything but traditional.  Come for a meandering tour through food chemistry, ingredient taxonomy, German language lessons, the quirks and challenges of German cookbooks, baking tips, wooden cookie forms, historical context of food color as it relates to brazil wood and how cyanide is integrally related to almond flavoring.  You’ll learn about cookies and so much more!  Definitely a talk for the curious mind.


Sue Queisser manages the Center for Sensory and Consumer Behavior Research at Oregon State University and owns Melarova Baking in Corvallis. At 18 she headed off to art school and got a degree in printmaking with a minor in Italian (drawing on limestone is very unmarketable, by the way) and quickly headed back to school to get a degree in mechanical engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She worked as a process engineer at Hewlett-Packard and loved it — figuring out the best way to make anything is an obsession of hers. After a stint as a stay-at-home mom, she got a food science degree at Oregon State so she could do process with food – her true passion. She worked at several Willamette Valley food companies before starting her own business. Now she is very happy to be back at OSU in the Department of Food Science and Technology running consumer taste test panels.


OMSI Science Pub at the Empirical Theater will be a ticketed event beginning on October 17. To guarantee a seat at this event, please buy tickets online or at the OMSI front desk. Please show your ticket at the theater entrance upon arrival.


If the event sells out, we will update the website and Facebook listings accordingly. If the event does not sell out in advance, attendance will be first-come, first-served at the door and at-the-door admission will remain a suggested donation.


There will no longer be official seat reservations available at the door. You are welcome to reserve a seat with your jacket or sweater.


Science Pub OMSI is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone – no scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email:


Theory, OMSI's eatery won't be open. Enjoy sandwiches and snacks from the Empirical Café. Food and drink are welcome in the theater. Parking is free for the event. Doors open at 5pm.


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