College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Nutrition & Food Science

UMD Food Science Club Handles the Heat: Tabasco® Guest Lecture

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Wendy Guan

On November 30, Chef Jud McLester from the McIlhenny Company gave a guest lecture on Tabasco® to Food Science Club. Student attendees learned about the history of the McIlhenny Company and its products. After learning about the Tabasco® production process, students were treated to samples of Hot & Spicy Cheez-Its, Heluva Good! Dip, and dark chocolate wedges, all flavored with Tabasco® products.

Sophomore Nutrition major Kasey Goon said, “I enjoyed learning about the history and development of Tabasco. I really appreciated the [...] tasting experience.”

Club co-president Mary DiMambro said, “It was a fun night,” and enjoyed the way “Chef Jud brought Food Science to life.”

Near the conclusion of the event, Chef Jud challenged students to take a shot of Tabasco®, calling it an initiation. Two students, Nika Toure and Rachel Hanrahan, rose to the challenge.

DiMambro added, “We are so thankful for the support of McIlhenny Company and to those who came out to the presentation!”

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