Fernbank Museum of Natural History is partnering with various local eateries and gourmet specialty foods to present a Dangerously Delicious Tasting Event on Sunday, April 26. Inspired by Fernbank’s special exhibition, The Power of Poison, the event will showcase delicious, death-defying samples, all made with “poisonous” ingredients found in everyday foods.
The tasting will showcase that not all toxins are deadly. We come into contact with foods every day that have some levels of toxins that are only harmful in exceptionally large doses. Many common ingredients, from cinnamon to jalapenos, and from salt to sugar contain toxins. Peppers, coffees and teas owe their taste, smell, or stimulant effects to defensive chemicals that can be toxic in large doses. And many foods that are quite healthy, including cherries, apples, potatoes, tomatoes and more, have toxins in their leaves, stems, seeds or pits.
The final Dangerously Delicious Tasting Event will be held on Sunday, April 26from noon until 3 p.m. Museum members will receive exclusive early access to the tasting tables at 11:30 a.m. Samples will include a selection of delectable bites “to die for” including:
- Chocolate Fondue from The Melting Pot (Midtown Atlanta)
- Chocolate Chunk and Caramel Apple Cakes from JudiCakes
- Assortment of samples including coffee, honey, tomato seeds and almond butter from Whole Foods Market Briarcliff
- Seasonal honeys from local bees from Blue Haven Bee Company
This event will use food samples to highlight everyday poisons that people consume. In the words of Paracelsus, the 15th Century father of toxicology, “All things are poisons, for there is nothing without poisonous qualities. It is only the dose which makes a thing poison.”
Hours and Ticket Information
Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. The Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Museum tickets are $18 for adults, $17 for students/seniors, $16 for children ages 3-12, and free for children 2 and younger. Tickets and visitor information are available at www.fernbankmuseum.org or 404.929.6300 (info) / 404.929.6400 (tickets).
The Power of Poison
On view until May 3, 2015
From the pages of fairytales to the journals of modern medicine, the story of poison is surprising at every turn. Join the investigation to uncover the secrets of poison while exploring its role in nature, myth and human health. This special exhibition creates an engaging and immersive environment through the use of interactives, models, multimedia and live animals.