Campus: CSU, Fresno -- February 23, 2001


Hot 'Dogs! Fresno State Sausage Students are National Champs!

Meat Science students win national Sausagefest contest; a sausage-making demonstration and tasting presentation was set for Friday in campus meat facility at 11:30 a.m.

The Bulldog Pepperjack Sausage entry by California State University, Fresno 's Meat Science students won the "Hold the Mustard" award at the National Meat Association's Annual Gourmet Sausagefest in Las Vegas this week - becoming the first university to win the commercial competition that was held during the association's MEATXPO 2001 and 55th Annual Convention Feb. 18-21.

On Friday, Dr. John Henson, professor of Animal Science and Agricultural Education, and his meats science students will process, cook and present samples of the national award-winning sausage and trophy to the College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology during a special sausage-making demonstration and tasting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

A demonstration of the university's modern meats laboratory took pace at 11:30 a.m. when students processed value-added gourmet sausage product, which included a demonstration of grinding, mixing, stuffing, cooking and smoking the award-winning links. They showed how spices and other ingredients create the unique beef and pork product.

Cooked portions of the sausage were available for sampling by university officials and members of the media. Henson presented the special plaque containing the mustard trophy that proclaims Fresno State's sausage the best in the nation.


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