June 26, 2009 6:30 PM
The Vanilla Route for the Smithsonian Institution
26 JUNE 2009
6:30 to 9:00 PM

Sip a torito cocktail while Patricia Jinich demonstrates the preparation of delectable dishes from the state of Veracruz, one of Mexico's leading culinary centers and where vanilla -one of Mexico's leading culinary contributions to the culinary world - originated.

Jinich shares stories about the origins, essence, and uses of vanilla, a spice derived from the bean or pod of delicate orchids and cherished for its fragrant aroma and matchless flavor.

Participants enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner (recipes included) paired with selected wines, followed by coffee from La Parroquia. As you sip, listen to traditional Son Jarocho music performed by the innovative ensemble Son de Madera from Veracruz.

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