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WSU at Pike Place Market: The Science of Food

SEATTLE, Wash. — Producing food literally is a science. On Sept. 14, the science behind foods and other Washington products will be showcased at a public reception at Seattle’s Pike Place Market, sponsored by Washington State University Extension and the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.

The reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Market. The $25 reception will include an abundant variety of Washington’s finest farm products, prepared by Seattle chefs, including hearty appetizers with grass fed beef, specialty cheeses and fresh vegetables; fine wines, beers and ciders; and desserts featuring Washington berries. Each course and many displays will highlight partnerships between WSU and community members like farmers, business owners and non-profit representatives. WSU faculty and staff whose research and outreach have contributed to the products and the businesses will be on hand to highlight their connections.

Some of the producers and WSU scientists also will be available from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Market in the organic produce area along Pike Place to talk with the public about the farm/science connection.

Elected officials from the area also have been invited to a private reception on Thursday, hosted by WSU King County Extension. It’s an opportunity for them to meet Extension staff and become familiar with the array of WSU research and educational resources available to the community through King County Extension programs. The reception will be held at the Pike Pub and Brewery, 1415 First Avenue beginning at 5:30 p.m. (This is not a public event, but media coverage is welcome).

The WSU at Pike Place Market events are part of Cougar Week in Seattle that will culminate with the Sept. 16 football game between WSU and Baylor University at Qwest Field.

Reservations for the Thursday evening reception can be made by calling 509-335-2243 with credit card information and should be made by Sept. 6.

More information about the entire week’s events is available at

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Media Contacts

Rich Hines, WSU CAHNRS Alumni & Development, 206-257-9525