Museum of International Folk Art

FUZE.SW - Food+Folklore Festival

August 29, 2013


An exploration of the dawn of world cuisine as we know—and consume it— today opened last year at the Museum of International Folk Art with New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Más, on view through January 5, 2014.

Digging deeper into the topics covered in New World Cuisine will be FUZE.SW 2013. Santa Fe’s first-ever food conference of its kind takes place at the Museum of International Folk Art the weekend of November 8—10, 2013. James Beard Award-winning authors and chefs from across the US will gather with leading historians, archaeologists, cultural commentators, and folklorists to discuss and demonstrate how traditions and techniques from diverse heritages have intersected to create a culinary tradition uniquely New Mexican (and transported globally).

A series of talks, small breakout sessions, and panel discussions will delve into such areas as, “The Big Debate: Local Ingredients, Foreign Chefs,” “The Stories Cookbooks Tell: Cooking Culture,” “Recipes, Tales, and Traditions,” “Holy Mole: Chocolate—from Aztecs, to Chaco, to Hershey,” “North v. South: The Chile Wars.” These, and others, will be woven together by a series of artistic interludes, and keynotes by Dr. Jeffrey Pilcher (U Minnesota), Maricel Presilla, and Gustavo Arellano – and of course, food.

Festivities begin on the Friday afternoon when Bill and Cheryl Alters Jamison lead an optional cooking class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking on the beloved foods traditionally served during the holidays in New Mexico. The class is followed that evening by a festive opening reception hosted by the Santa Fe School of Cooking with delicious food, wine, entertainment—and the opportunity to meet and visit with the renowned guest speakers.

Artistic interludes, like the papel picado workshop and other hands-on activities throughout the conference as well as a breakfast burrito bonanza and a food truck brunch keep things light.

Tickets for the festival are $250, and $200 for Museum of New Mexico Foundation members. For tickets call (505) 476-1126. Latest information is at

FUZE.SW 2013 is sponsored by the Santa Fe School of Cooking, Museum Hill Café, Santa Fe Culinary Academy, Santa Fe Spirits, Museum of International Folk Art, International Folk Art Foundation, Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

Media Contact:

Steve Cantrell

PR Manager, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs



Confirmed Speakers as of August 29, 2013

Estevan Arellano

Gustavo Arellano

Hakim Bellamy

Juan José Bochenski

Paul Bosland, PhD

James Campbell Caruso

Nicolasa Chávez

Patricia Crown, PhD

Susan Curtis & Nicole Curtis Ammerman

Rob DeWalt

Dave DeWitt

Rocky Durham

Bill & Cheryl Alters Jamison

Nasario Garcia, PhD

Colin Keegan

Deborah Madison

Carmella Padilla

Jeffrey Pilcher, PhD

Maricel Presilla, PhD

Martín Rios

Lois Rudnick, PhD

John Sedlar

Cordelia Thomas Snow

Catalina Delgado Trunk

Don Usner


(list still in formation)



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