Livingston, Ala. – The Math and Science Department of the University of West Alabama invites students and the surrounding community to enjoy a night of fine dining at Austin’s Steak House on Nov. 20 at 6 p.m.

Dr. Brian Burnes will host November’s Science Coffee Shop at the restaurant with a presentation called, “Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate from a Microbe’s Point of View.” There is no age limit, but guests wanting to participate in the wine tasting portion must purchase a tasting glass from Austin’s for $5.00. The five server’s samples equal one full glass of wine.

The wine list was chosen specifically to coincide with the chosen foods of cheese and chocolate. The list consists of Merlot, Cabernet, White Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio.

While participants taste the wine and snack on the refreshments, Burnes will explain “ how the microorganisms are involved in each food and what they are doing to make the tastes. Many of the foods would not exist without conversion,” Burnes said.

Wine is made naturally through fruits expiring and their stored sugars turning into alcohol. Burnes said, “Wine is human nature to make, since the process is natural in history. People have spoken of seeing drunk raccoons before due to eating fruit that had fermented.”

“No science background is assumed or required. All we ask is that you bring your curiosity and questions,” Burnes said.

Burnes’ last educational Science Coffee Shop was held at the Coffee Shop on Monroe as a beer taste-testing seminar, and the event ended up being a big hit. There was barely any room to move around, let alone sit.

“We have microbes to thank for some of the best things in life,” Burnes said. “On Nov. 20, we will sample some of the best things and see how they are made. Bon Appetite!”

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