A Night of Food, Fun and Festive Experimentation


Matthew Messana, Linux Systems Engineer

Every organization celebrates the holidays in its own way, and here at Bronto, we really like to make it memorable. This year, the Museum of Life and Science in Durham opened its doors after hours for an evening of remarkable food, fun, and science.

While we always enjoy the opportunity to put on some fancy clothes, we encouraged Brontos to have fun with the theme. We had a great mix of both!


We had the run of the museum to indulge our curiosity with dozens of interactive exhibits, while sampling a delicious array of hors d’oeuvres. Museum staff demonstrated basic principles of electromagnetism, biology and physics for excited onlookers throughout the evening.

The most exciting demonstration was the creation of margaritas using liquid nitrogen! Since nitrogen’s boiling point is -340ºF, the liquid nitrogen quickly pulled thermal energy from the margarita mix to evaporate, which caused the liquid to freeze much more rapidly than conventional cooling processes and resulted in much smaller ice crystals. A special cocktail for a special year!


As the evening progressed, additional culinary delights were unleashed on the revelers: garlic rosemary rubbed prime rib, s’mores in a cup and a mashed potato bar were among the many offerings. Music and dancing followed as the big evening continued.


We’ve seen some big changes at Bronto over the last year, and we’ve navigated those waters with GM Carolyn Sparano’s guidance and wisdom. Her leadership was recently recognized with a coveted Gold Stevie Award. To celebrate this achievement, we honored her in our own way with a tiara, roses and applause, as we looked back on our best year ever.


Even by Bronto’s high standards, we had a year full of remarkable successes, and having an evening to celebrate together made it even more unforgettable. Here’s to raising the bar even higher in 2017!



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