Arkansas Food Industries and Culinary Traditions

View the schedule and learn general information about the Summer 2018 course.


Sunday, July 8    
Evening Welcome Reception  
Monday, July 9 Food Product Development   
8:00 am Welcome Breakfast, Food Science D-2  
9:00 am Leading Product Innovation Brian Davis
10:00 am Product Development Processes in the U.S. Stephen O'Brien
11:00 am Sensory Testing in Food Innovation Rachel Gray
12:00 pm Lunch  
1:00 pm Depart for Tours  
1:30 pm Tyson Discovery Center, Springdale Jessica Sossamon
3:00 pm Walmart Innovation Center, Bentonville Stephen O'Brien
5:00 pm Return to Fayetteville  
6:30 pm Social with Students  
Tuesday, July 10 Food Fermentations    
8:00 am  Breakfast, Food Science D-2   
9:00 am  Fermentation of Vegetable Products  Ron Buescher 
10:00 am  Hands-on Exercise of Sauerkraut Production  Cat Swenson 
12:30 pm  Lunch   
1:30 pm  Depart for Tours   
2:00 pm  Moniker Ferments, Fayetteville  Emily Cassidy 
3:30 pm  Black Apple Crossing, Springdale   
5:00 pm  Return to Fayetteville   
  Dinner on your own  
Wednesday, July 11  Coffee Science   
8:00 am  Breakfast, Food Science D-2   
9:00 am  Art and Science of Coffee Brewing  Dylan Simmons 
10:00 am  Coffee Sensory Science  Matt Chapko 
11:00 am  Chemistry of Coffee Flavor  Erich Leitner 
12:30 pm  Lunch   
1:30 pm  Depart for Tour   
2:15 pm  Onyx Coffee Lab, Rogers  John Allen 
4:15 pm  Tour of Crystal Bridges, Bentonville  Travis Deal 
6:30 pm  Dinner in Rogers   
8:00 pm  Return to Fayetteville   
Thursday, July 12  Rice Production and Quality  
8:00 am  Breakfast, Food Science D-2   
9:00 am  Introduction to Rice Production Practices  Rick Norman 
10:00 am Rice Processing  Terry Siebenmorgen 
11:00 am  Rice Quality and Utilization  Ya-Jane Wang 
12:00 pm  Lunch   
1:30 pm  Tour and Rice Milling Demonstration   
3:30 pm  Leisure Time   
  Dinner on your own   
Friday, July 13  Rice Production and Quality   
5:00 am  Depart for Stuttgart  FDSC Parking Lot 
9:00 am  Arrive at Rice Research & Extension Center   
  Research Overview and Field Tours  Paul Counce 
12:00 pm  Lunch   
1:30 pm  Tour of Producers Rice Mill   
4:00 pm  Return to Fayetteville   
Monday, July 16 Consumer Trends  
8:00 am Breakfast, Food Science D-2  
9:00 am Megatrends Theory and Food Trends Hanni Rutzler
  Workshop in Small Groups  
12:00 pm Lunch  
1:00 pm Supermarket Visits- Harps, Sams Club, Whole Foods  
3:30 pm Review and Reflection  
Tuesday, July 17 Fruit Breeding and Production  
8:00 am Breakfast, Food Science D-2  
9:00 am Wine and/or Small Fruits  
  Enology Renee Threlfall
  Research Sarah Mayfield
  Small Fruit Breeding John Clark
  Analytical Methods Erich Leitner
12:00 pm Lunch  
1:00 pm Depart for Altus  
2:30 pm Tour of Vineyards and Winery Post Familie Winery
Wednesday, July 18 Fruit Breeding and Production  
8:00 am  Depart for Clarksville Fruit Station   
9:30 am  Field Tours- Breeding Programs  John Clark 
    Margaret Worthington 
12:00 pm  Lunch   
1:00 pm  Return to Fayetteville   
2:30 pm  Leisure Time   
Thursday, July 19  Farmers Market and Cooking Demonstration  Johann Reisinger & Erich Leitner 
Morning  Fayetteville Farmers Market   
Afternoon  Cooking Demonstrations   
Friday, July 20  Culinary Experience at Brightwater  Steve Jenkins 
Morning  Butcher and Meat Demonstration   
Lunch Brightwater  
Afternoon Hands-on Cooking Demonstration  
Evening Dinner at Brightwater  

General Information

Tuition for the course covers the following:

1. Airport Arrival/Departure: Visiting students will be met at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) by a UA Food Science graduate student and driven to their housing. Students will be returned to the airport for their departure.

2. Housing: Students will be staying in double occupancy rooms at Hotz Honors Hall on the University of Arkansas campus.

3. Transportation: Visiting students will be picked up each weekday at Hotz Honors Hall, taken to the Food Science Department and returned to Hotz Honors Hall at the end of the day (3 miles each way). Transportation will also be provided for the field trips. There is also a university bus service (Blue Route) between campus and the Food Science Department. 

Recreational and weekend activities are not planned and not covered by the tuition costs. Visit the following links for suggested activities:

1. University Bike Rentals

2. Fayetteville Bike Trails

3. Fayetteville Visitors Guide

4. Gulley Park Summer Concert Series