Hola, Y'all! Can you believe it? You read right!
My first book, The New Southern-Latino Table is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.
The exhibit is called, Gateways/Portales and it looks at the experiences of Latinos in four major Gateways (points of access into community life in urban regions) in the United States. These four Metro areas are: Washington, DC; Raleigh-Durham, NC; Charlotte, NC; and Baltimore, MD.
Under the prodigious direction of Smithsonian Curator Dr. Ariana Curtis, and of her equally gifted Assistant, Elena Muñoz, history comes to life in an explosion of colors.
Within the walls of The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, the history of how Latinos are making our home in the United States, comes to life before our eyes in a very tangible way. Through art, photography, music, quotidian objects, newspapers, media, and books, our history takes shape. The journey through each Gateway shows Latinos working, contributing, struggling, and ultimately celebrating our triumphs.
I am so honored to play a small part in this exhibit at The Smithsonian. In 1996, I discovered a budding culinary movement in which the food traditions of twenty-one Latin American countries have blended with the foodways of the Southern region of the United States, creating a new branch of Southern food. I called it: The New Southern-Latino culinary movement.
My book, The New Southern-Latino Table: Recipes That Bring Together the Bold and Beloved Flavors of Latin America and The American South, followed in 2011, published by The University of North Carolina Press. Now, twenty years after I first started documenting it, The Smithsonian, acknowledges my contribution by including my book and my story, as part of this significant exhibit.
More than 600 people visited the exhibit during the private event that took place on December 3rd, 2016. My husband, Luis Gutierrez, was my date!
On Monday, December 5th, 2016, Gateways/Portales opened to the public and the media came in force to cover this exciting event, including Telemundo.
Gateways/Portales will run from December 5, 2016 through August 6, 2017, after which it will become a traveling exhibit. The oral part of the exhibit (including my collaboration) will then become part of the permanent archives at The Smithsonian Museum of American History. I hope that you'll get a chance to visit it in Washington, DC or in one of the other cities.
Throughout the coming year, I will be giving you updates on the events that I'll be involved in surrounding this exciting exhibit, which will include a book signing event at The Smithsonian Museum of American History on June 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Mark your calendars!