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  • © Kathi Bahr, Gastropod


Wednesday, April 26 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm


What are the chances that your olive oil is fake, or that your yellowtail sushi roll is really escolar instead? How did seltzer get its fizz, and what are those bubbles doing to your taste buds? And what’s the story behind the invention of the brownie? In this special live performance of the podcast Gastropod, co-hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley will serve up a three-course feast for your eyes and ears. From live experiments to interactive tastings, the evening will combine special guests and field recordings to reveal the history and science behind the food we eat every day. Special guests include Carla Martin, lecturer at Harvard University and director of the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute, Chris Crowley of Polar Seltzer, and Deborah Blum, Pulitzer-prize-winning author and head of the Knight Science Journalism program at MIT.

Gastropod is the award-winning podcast that looks at food through the lens of science and history. Every other week, Cynthia and Nicola release a new episode that explores the hidden history and surprising science behind a particular food- or farming-related topic, from aquaculture to ancient feasts, from cutlery to chile peppers, and from music to Malbec. Join us and savor this very special live podcast event!

After the program, visit the Chocolate exhibit and indulge in a special reception.

This event is sold out.

Funding provided by the Barbara and Malcolm L. Sherman Fund for Adult Programs.

For information about accessibility in the Museum: For questions or accommodation requests: 617-589-3102, Please request ASL interpreters at least two weeks in advance.


Cahners Theater


Recommended for: Grades 12 – 12 and adults

Co-produced with Gastropod.

Public Event

Separate ticket required. Cost: $15


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