Science on Tap at The Crepe Place

Monthly pup talks put on by WiSE, hosted by The Crepe Place.

Botany at the Bar

by Rachel Meyer, Adjunct Assistant Professor at UCSC


"Roughly 40,000 plants are consumable but you'll only find a few hundred in your grocery store and only a dozen will be major caloric sources in your diet. Fortunately, there are cocktails and bitters that let you enjoy hundreds to thousands more species. As a plant evolutionary biologist interested in keeping up on botanical diversity and advocacy for the importance of botany, I came to realize that there was a link between the hospitality world and biodiversity conservation and that bartenders were better at teaching appreciation for plants than many of my fellow scientists. With two other botanists, I launched Shoots and Roots Bitters to make products and give flavor-sensory lectures that broaden the species we consume and care about. From the World Science Festival to the Museum of Food and Drink to what's now a book, Botany at the Bar, we've brought underutilized plants to thousands of people around the country. This talk is about how the bar industry has changed our science outlook and how a bitters business influenced our experiences navigating careers as women in science, with gobs of plant diversity to sample and celebrate."


This event is free and designed for all audiences. Come grab a beer or dinner, relax, and hear some interesting, cutting-edge research. To ensure you have a seat, reserve a table: 831-429-6994.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 7:30pm

Crepe Place 1134 Soquel Ave

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Invited Audience

Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Students, Prospective Students, General Public, Graduate Students


Science & Technology

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