"Rain Forest Delights" is the title of an event scheduled Dec. 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the National Aquarium at Baltimore.
Coffee connoisseur Tom Thompson and chocolatier Albert Kirchmayer will compare notes on the foodstuffs they work with daily that have origins in the tropics. The event will take place in the Aquarium's domed rooftop rain forest. While participants sample brewed coffees and specialty chocolates, a staff horticulturist will point out the avocado, banana, papaya, coffee, vanilla and other food-producing plants growing in the South American rain forest biome.
"We grow these plants to educate the public that these are valuable rain forest products and the rain forests are in danger of being destroyed," says Aquarium spokesman Amy Woodworth.