"Norwhey" Hard Seltzer Tasting and Reception with Professor Sam Alcaine

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6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Want to enjoy yourself while saving the planet? Then find your way the Cornell Club to get a taste of a more sustainable future! A newly launched Cornell startup, Norwhey, is transforming the electrolyte-rich "waste" from your morning cup of Greek yogurt into a refreshingly tart, pint of hard Nordic seltzer you can enjoy in the evening.  Listen and learn how cofounder Dr. Sam Alcaine is using this only-in-New-York brew to improve the environmental and economical sustainability of our state's leading agricultural sector. Come and have a cow.

At 6:00pm attendees will learn about Norwhey and try all four flavors: Solar Citrus, Mountain Berry, Glacial Ginger, and Raspberry Run. Following the 30 minute tasting will be a one hour reception with hors d'oeuvres, Norwhey, wine, beer, and soda. 

Sam Alcaine is an Associate Professor of Dairy Fermentations at Cornell University. He received his BSc from the University of Maryland, College Park, his MSc in Food Science from Cornell University ('07), and his PhD in Food Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Dr. Alcaine spent a number of years in industry, working in research & development for MillerCoors in Milwaukee, and then leading food safety for Unilever's North American ice business in NYC, before returning to academia. His research group focuses on using microbiology to ferment sustainability in the dairy industry, either by using the products of microbial fermentations as natural preservatives to prevent dairy spoilage and waste, or by using fermentation to take by-products from the dairy industry and upcycle them into value-added foods and ingredients. The lab has been supported by grants from the USDA, National Dairy Council, New York State Dairy Promotion Board, New York State Department of the Environment Conservation, and the New York Pollution Prevention Institute.

6:00-6:30pm tasting, 6:30pm-7:30pm reception. $45 per person, plus tax and service charge. $35 plus tax and gratuity for Young Alumni Members (Class of 2012-2023). Reservations are required by Tuesday, September 28th. Reservations are considered final sale upon confirmation.