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Upcoming: Night Lab: The Science of Chocolate (FULL! See you at the next one!)

Who wants to go to chocolate school? No, really. Science is Sexy is teaming up with our friends at Callebaut Chocolate to bring you a delicious science lesson!  Just in time for all the holiday baking and chocolate eating, Night Lab will be covering everything from the science of chocolate itself (and how the quality and makeup of chocolate affect your homemade treats) to the lowdown on the science behind the health benefits of chocolate (trust us, you won’t feel so bad on January first after this). We’ll trace the life of a cocoa bean from the tree to the bar, and also learn about what the recently-revealed genetic code of the Cacao tree reveals about the chocolate we eat, as well as what happens to your brain on chocolate (the Cliff’s Notes: It’s good. Very good).

This program will be held in Callebaut’s gorgeous, state-of-the-art Chocolate Academy. (Remember Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? It’s like that. But without the Umpa-Lumpas.) It’s free and open to the public. If only high school had been this sweet!

Location: Callebaut Chocolate Academy (600 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL)
Date: Thursday, December 1, 2011
Time: 6:30 PM
Cost: Free
Brown Line to Chicago Ave.

About Callebaut:

A global chocolatier with a home base in Chicago, Callebaut Chocolate is the global leader in cocoa and chocolate innovations and provides a comprehensive range of services in the fields of product development, processing, training and marketing, and has been producing cocoa and chocolate products for more than 150 years. Callebaut is a fully integrated company that masters every step from the sourcing of cocoa beans to the shelf. Callebaut is a leader in social responsibility in the chocolate industry, actively engaged in initiatives and projects that contribute to a more sustainable cocoa supply chain, working to empower cacoa farmers, protect the environment, and support sustainable practices.

Callebaut offers classes for the general public at their Chocolate Academy, as well as other locations.

Night Lab is honored to partner with Callebaut to offer this program.

About Night Lab:

Molecular Geneticist and Cell Biologist Stephanie Levi, Ph.D. has a passion for making science enjoyable and accessible for the general public, and created Night Lab to bring fun, educational science programming to adults in Chicago in November 2008. Night Lab is designed to give non-scientists a short and sweet taste of science in their everyday lives. As a scientist, Stephanie is passionate about Chicago, and Night Lab programs feature the people and organizations that make Chicago a rockstar city for science. Whether you are just curious about science or a professional scientist, Night Lab is for you.

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