STEM Café: The Art and Science of Candy Making

Learn about the past, present and future of the Chicago candy industry and the art and science of candymaking in this lively panel discussion.

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Lahey will show clips and discuss the making of his documentary Shelf Life: The Story of Lanzi Candy, which recently aired on WTTW, Channel 11. The film explores his Italian immigrant grandfather Elmo Lanzi’s 60 years of candymaking, how Chicago became the “Candy Capital of the World” and the quest of a local entrepreneur to bring back Lanzi Candy.

Chef Alain Roby, a certified master chef of pastry and sugar artistry, will discuss the art and science of chocolate making and his journey to owning and operating All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva, Illinois. He’ll explain the process of constructing his Guinness World Record-winning candy creations – including the world’s tallest chocolate sculpture and the world’s longest candy cane.

Finally, TaAqua Campbell, platform innovation manager at Ferrara, will draw on her B.S. degree in agricultural and biological engineering and more than 15 years of experience in food processing to discuss the 100-plus year history of Ferrara Candy as well as the company’s newest innovations including gummy clusters, 3D printing, robotics and sustainable packaging.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Fatty’s Pub and Grille 1312 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115

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Community Events

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Students, Faculty and Staff, Alumni, General Public



Registration is encouraged for this free event.

Center for P-20 Engagement, Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development
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Judith Dymond

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