Forget the sappy love stuff—we all know Valentine's Day is really about sex. To help hammer the point home, Eric Schulze, who holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology, has teamed up with Pornburger food blog mastermind Mathew Ramsey to stage a V-Day weekend dinner titled Food Science Sex.
Schulze is no stranger to hosting food-science mashups; he's the co-founder of Periodic Table, a pop-up dinner and lecture series he says exists to "feature up-and-coming chefs [and] do some really fun science." Since the supper club's creation last summer, Schulze and partner-in-crime Kim Bryden have hosted several themed dinners with lectures on topics like the science of sweetness or why humans evolved to enjoy spicy foods.
This is the first time they've hooked up with Ramsey, who has gained national notoriety for Pornburger, a photo-heavy food blog featuring decadent burgers bedecked with eclectic ingredients. Currently, Ramsey's on hiatus from his own Pornburger-themed supper club, Bar R, until the spring.
"Kim, Eric, and I have wanted to collaborate scientifically on burgers in the past," explains Ramsey. "We said, you know, on Valentine’s Day it would make sense to pair some porn with some science."
In Food Science Sex, Ramsey will prepare the three-course meal meant to arouse both appetite and loins. "I’m going to try and cram as much sex into each course as I can," says Ramsey, who hopes attendees will leave the dinner ready to "get passionate."
The dinner will also be preceded by an informal science lecture by Schulze, who says he plans to educate diners on how certain foods turn us on and debunk the pseudoscience surrounding the sensual potency of other foods. "Aphrodisiacs are unfortunately going to go into the ‘myth busted’ category," Schulze says.
As for what's on the menu, Ramsey says he wants to keep it a surprise. "The unknown and the reveal is always fun," he adds. But Ramsey did confirm the meal will include a burger course, and a dessert made from, what else, chocolate. Additionally, diners will sip on drinks by Spanish aperitif company Fasel Shenstone.
Schulze adds that attendees should arrive with hungry stomachs and brains alike. "For people to understand science, we want to use something extremely accessible, and that’s food," he says.
The dinner occurs on Feb. 14 and 15 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 to $116 per person and can be purchased here.
Photo of Eric Schulze by Kate Warren