Center to "takeover" at Bullock Museum food exhibit

Published: April 1, 2016

A new exhibit has come to town, folks. And it’s incredible.

Created by curators with the American Museum of Natural History, Our Global Kitchen is currently on display at the Bullock Museum in Austin, Texas. The Bullock Museum describes the exhibit as “a highly interactive, multi-media exhibition that explores the historical, cultural, and scientific intersection of humans and food,” and addresses questions like, “How does the world’s food system work?” and “Why and how do food choices affect our health and the environment?”

What’s more exciting: the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living is doing a weeklong takeover of the exhibit's Tasting Kitchen!

From April 11th to 15th, the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living will host a variety of daily events and activities between 11:30am and 1:00pm. From interactive cooking demonstrations to nutrition presentations, representatives from the Center and UTHealth School of Public Health will show how the lessons from the exhibit relate to our ongoing public health research and initiatives in the Central Texas community.

Here’s what’s happening during the Center’s “Tasting Kitchen Takeover” (daily from 11:30am-1:00pm):

  • MONDAY (April 11): Celebration and introduction by Center director Deanna Hoelscher, PhD, RD; “Eat the Rainbow” nutrition presentation. To kick off the week of Center activities, Dr. Hoelscher will give a brief presentation on the importance of the Our Global Kitchen exhibit and how it relates to programs at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living. She will begin at 11:30am, and attendees of the introductory talk will then be given access to the exhibit. In the Tasting Kitchen, UTHealth Doctoral Candidate and Registered Dietitian Amanda Reat will be giving museum attendees short nutrition presentations on the importance of “eating the rainbow” along with some tasty vegetable and fruit samples.
  • TUESDAY (April 12): Early Childhood Nutrition Activities. The rest of the week will continue with short presentations in the exhibit’s kitchen. Activities on Tuesday will focus on the importance of nutrition during early childhood, including creative ways to get youngsters to eat their vegetables!
  • WEDNESDAY (April 13): UTHealth Dietetic Intern Cooking Demonstration. On Wednesday, the UTHealth dietetic interns will provide cooking demonstrations—with samples for tasting—and public health nutrition lessons to exhibit attendees.
  • THURSDAY (April 14): CATCH Activities Day. This day will feature activities on physical activity and sugar sweetened beverage consumption from CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health). Their nutrition lesson will include a tasting of some healthful and satisfying alternatives to sugary drinks.
  • FRIDAY (April 15): School Gardening Activities Day. Our final day will be led by the Texas GROW! EAT! GO! project. Their presentation will test your knowledge of what different vegetables look like while they’re being grown and then compare them with the vegetables seen in the grocery store.

In addition to all of these awesome events, UTHealth School of Public Health faculty, staff and students will be given free admission to the Our Global Kitchen exhibit by showing their student ID between April 11th and 15th, from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Partners of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living will be given free admission on April 11, but must RSVP for the activities to

We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions about the Center’s Our Global Kitchen Takeover, please contact Julie Latcham, Senior Coordinator, Special Programs at the Center.