Biology-themed potlucks

Back when I was in grad school my classmates often used to hold potluck dinners. I recall one that had a “Brassica” theme (so, mustards, cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc.). Every dish had to contain a member of the genus as a key ingredient. This made dessert problematic. IIRC, someone just brought a tub of vanilla ice cream relabeled as “mustard ice cream”.

So, what are your best stories of biology-themed potlucks?

Oh, and consider this an excuse to revisit our old post asking if you’ve ever eaten your study organism. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Biology-themed potlucks

  1. The best course I took as an undergraduate was Johanna Schmitt’s plant diversity and adaptation course, which culminated in a potluck. Our assignment was to maximize family-level diversity of the total dishes, and beat last year’s total. I don’t know about others, but my lab partner and I definitely increased the alpha diversity of our quiche with small bits we clipped off houseplants.

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