Amid the condos in Portland’s Pearl District rises a glass-fronted building where gastronomic goodies are born and consumers’ brains are picked. It’s OSU’s Food Innovation Center, equipped with taste-testing booths, a conference room with one-way mirrors, and labs stocked with food starch, garlic powder, and shortening.
It’s here that companies and epicureans come when they want advice on launching a new product. Or when they want to know if consumers can taste the difference in, say, an ice cream with slightly less fat.
Is your appetite whetted? Let’s see what’s cooking inside OSU’s food laboratory.