Celebrate 1,000 Years Of Chocolate
The Museum of International Folk Art looks at our historic love affair with the food of the gods.
Chocolate making implements and ingredients are featured as part of the upcoming exhibit "New World Cuisine: Chocolate, Maté y Mås," on view at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe.
Photo by Kitty Leaken, courtesy Museum of New Mexico
It can be difficult to imagine a world without tomatoes (let alone chocolate), but consider that peanuts, and pineapples also were introduced from the New World. Given the passion that many people have for Southwest cooking and its fiery flavors, Santa Fe's Museum of International Folk Art is certain to draw a crowd when it debuts "New World Cuisine: Chocolate, Maté y Más," on December 9. The exhibit examines the historical changes in cuisine and culture as European foods mixed with native American edibles throughout the centuries.
“It’s such a fabulous history,” says exhibit curator Nicolasa Chávez. “We’re borrowing one little teeny tiny pottery sherd from Chaco Canyon that was tested for theobroma (chocolate’s scientific name). I wanted that in the exhibit to really bring home to New Mexico that we’ve had a 1,000-year-old love affair with chocolate.”
The exhibit, which runs through January 2014, displays hundreds of objects including items related to cooking, presentation, decoration, and agriculture.
The Museum of International Folk Art is located on Museum Hill, Camino Lejo off Old Santa Fe Trail. For more information call 505-476-1200, or visit www.internationalfolkart.org.