Gusto y sabor  

Comida y Cultura: A Taste of Mexico

Exploring the Mexican culinary landscape

By Yadhira De leon
Published on LatinoLA: February 10, 2005

Comida y Cultura: A Taste of Mexico

Sabor (flavor) is not just the sense of taste in your mouth or the combination of ingredients in a dish, it is the richness of a culture, a legacy passed on, a celebration of life! Join us as we explore a country full of sabor?the land of the cocoa trees, agave plants, and wheat fields. ?Comida y Cultura: A Taste of Mexico? is a journey through the richness of a country that has enfolded the essence and convergence of cultures into its national identity.

An Ancient Love Potion: Chiles & Chocolate
Sunday, February 13, 2 ? 4 pm
Southwest Museum?s Garden Terrace

All Things Tequila!
Thursday, March 24, 2004, 7:30 ? 9 pm
Museum of the American West

Edible Baroque: The Historic Saga of Pan Dulce and the Mexican Baker
Saturday, April 23, 2 ? 4 pm
Highland Park?s Historic Casa de Adobe

An Ancient Love Potion: Chiles & Chocolate invites you to fall in love with Mexico as moderator, Barbara Hansen Los Angeles Times food writer leads the dialogue as Dr. Rosemary Joyce, UC Berkeley anthropology professor, and Carolyn Baer, executive chef and owner of Cheers Catering Inc., discuss the fascinating origins and recipes of these ever-evolving aphrodisiacs. Rendezvous with your sweetheart on the beautiful Garden Terrace of the Southwest Museum as you listen to the sounds of fiery flamenco ballads played by guitarist Gabriel Osuna. Participants will sample chocolate chile cake, chocolate chicken-and-chile enchiladas, spicy chocolate tomato sauce with pasta, and spiced, European-style hot chocolate. Chef Baer also will premiere her very own tantalizing creation, the chocolate-chile martini.

All Things Tequila! brings to life the world of tequila from deep within the wells of the agave plant. Explore all there is to know about the spirit that is feared by some and loved by many more. Moderator, Evan Kleinman, host of KCRW's "Good Food" will join Anthony Dias Blue, wine and spirits editor of Bon Appetit magazine, and Carolyn Baer, executive chef and owner of Cheers Catering Inc., as they take the mystery out of this traditional Mexican drink by exploring its history and origins. Discover firsthand the difference between plato, reposado, and a?ejo tequilas by sampling some of the most popular and traditional Mexican tequila brands. This spirited tasting highlights the many uses of tequila in food with such samples as grilled chicken pasta in a tequila cream, tequila braised mushrooms, and even a bread pudding made with tequila. Patrons will be able to purchase mixed drinks, including the always-popular margarita.

Edible Baroque: The Historic Saga of Pan Dulce and the Mexican Baker explores the warm appeal of pan dulce (Mexican sweet bread), an ancient food that represents centuries of indigenous and Spanish contact and cultural exchange. Special guests will include the event?s moderator, writer and home cook specializing in regional Mexican cooking, Nancy Zaslavsky along with horticulturalist Don Delano, a notable food scholar, and one of Los Angeles?s master panaderos (Mexican bakers), who will delight participants with their delectable tales and experiences with that sweet, melt-in-your-mouth bread called pan dulce. The event would not be complete without an offering of fresh-out-of-the-oven pan dulce for all to sample, and some heart-warming champurado (Mexican hot chocolate).

Admission to individual programs is $15 for Autry National Center members, $30 for nonmembers. Sign up for all three programs in the series and save! Series admission: $35 for members, $75 for nonmembers. For tickets, call TicketWeb at 866.468.3399 or visit

Southwest Museum of the American Indian
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Casa de Adobe
4603 Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90065

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Visit the Autry National Center online at or call us at 323.667.2000.

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