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New World Cuisine:
The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Más

In the Hispanic Heritage Wing through
January 5, 2014

Chocolate Storage jar
This exhibition tells the tale of the earliest cultural mestizaje (mixing) to take place in the Americas through food. The exhibition highlights foods that originated in the New World and foods that
were brought over from Europe via Spain and
Asia via the Spanish Manila Galleons. Special sections in the exhibition highlight specific food items: chocolate and maté. Telling the story of the origins of these two popular drinks, how they rose to popularity during the colonial period, and how they were introduced into European society and culture, illuminating how they have become a strong component of popular culture today. More than 300 objects related to food harvesting, preparation, table settings, kitchen items and utilitarian and decorative implements illustrate the rich culinary traditions of the Americas. Interactive gallery activities include a scent station of new and old world herbs, shorts films about chocolate and mate, and a world map with food magnets, and a recipe exchange. Visitors are invited to take recipe cards, and write one of their own for inclusion on the New World Cuisine Facebook Page (Photo: Mexican Kitchen)

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Community Partners

Santa Fe School of Cooking & Market
is offering a series of classes complementing New World Cuisine, 20% of the proceeds will be donated to the Museum of International Folk Art

Santa Fe Convention & Visitor's Bureau
(photo by Kitty Leaken)

New Mexico Department of Tourism

Santa De Culinary Academy is hosting a Feast Day Celebration Thursday May 16 and will be offering New World Cuisine classes

Delicious New Mexico


OPENING December 9 2012
Celebrate Winter and the opening of New World Cuisine from 1 to 4PM- Enjoy gourd decorating with Monica Sosaya Halford, Chocolate Tasting with Mark Sciscenti, live music by Frank McCulloch y sus Amigos and a reception hosted by the Museum of New Mexico Women's Board.

Sunday, February 10, 2013
2 p.m.

Join Chocolate Historian Mark Sciscenti for a talk about chocolate with chocolate tasting. By Museum admission, New Mexico residents free on Sundays!

Sunday May 19, 2013

Remedios /Remedies Explore New Mexican herbal salves, tinctures and other herbal remedies. By Museum admission. New Mexico residents free on Sundays!

Sunday June 2, 2013
Savor the Flavor

Celebrate New Mexico's Flavor at Santa Fe's premier food event featuring New Mexican food products for sample and sale, outdoor horno baking demonstrations, cook book fair with New Mexico Authors, Cooking demonstrations with Award winning Executive Chef Rocky Durham of Santa Fe Culinary Academy. Tour New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Mas and wine and beer tasting at Museum Hill Café. Presented by The Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of New Mexico Foundation Gift Shops and Delicious New Mexico. By Museum admission, New Mexico residents with I.D. Free on Sundays.

Sunday September 15, 2013
Fall Harvest Festival

Talk by Stanley Crawford, Author & Farmer on The Farming Life begins at Noon, Native food tasting with the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, learn about native plants from our friends & neighbors at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Hands-on projects for ages 3 - 103, Live Music with Mariachi Buenaventura and the El Camino de Paz Marimba Ensemble, and fun for the entire family.

November 8-10, 2013

Explore the past and present, the folklore and customs that created a uniquely New Mexican culinary tradition in a series of keynotes, talks, panel discussions, breakout sessions, creative interludes, and of course food! Call Shirley Lujan at 505 476-1126 for tickets! Sponsored by the Santa Fe School of Cooking, Museum Hill Cafe, The Museum of International Folk Art. The Museum of New Mexico Foundation and the International Folk Art Foundation.

Sunday December 8, 2013
Winter Celebration

Celebrate the season with hands-on art marking for ages 3 to 103 include making Mexican bark paper cards and origami wreath making, live music with Mariachi Buenaventura and Camino de Paz Marimba, refreshments and more!

Sunday January 5, 2014
Final day to experience New World Cuisine: the Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Mas.