Coffee, honey and beer: Leadership California treated to tasty dimensions of UC Davis foods and beverage research

Glen Fox at the Coffee Honey Beer event
Glen Fox describing the process of doing sensory analysis of beer.
Glen Fox
Tonya Kuhl preparing coffee at event
Tonya preparing some of the delicious coffee to help kick off the discussions with the Leadership California guests.

How was your Friday morning? Full of tasty delights that feed your belly and your curiosity? Well, on Friday April 22nd, 55 women from Leadership California were treated to early coffees with a presentation from chemical engineer Tonya Kuhl, co-director of the UC Davis Coffee Center, followed by a honey tasting with Amina Harris, director of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center.  

As a finale, the guests from Leadership California were treated to a beer and food pairing lunch with Professor Glen Fox, Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor Malting and Brewing, Department of Food Science and Technology. Beers were kindly donated by Sudwerk Brewing Company.

All three presenters had engaging Q & A sessions, fascinating the guests with research, history and delicious samplings. Getting to partake in the UC Davis student experience for a morning, our visitors left UC Davis hungry to learn more and impressed with the great diversity and strength of the food and beverage expertise at UC Davis.

Leadership California’s mission is to catalyze distinguished women leaders across California to scale their impact. The vision is to move women from success to significance. This meeting between Leadership California and UC Davis was an opportunity to connect California leaders with one of the nation’s and the world’s leading universities in agriculture and engineering – amplifying the significance of universities to our state economy and the role agriculture plays in our health and well-being.

The event was coordinated by Loraine Hernandez-Covello, advocacy relations and communications manager, and Adrian Lopez, senior director of government relations, both based at UC Davis in the office of Government and Community Relations.