Welcome from the Founder of Museum Tamal
Linking the Past to the Future
As our world hurtles faster and faster into the future, it becomes ever more important to preserve our cultural heritage. Being a Hispanic-American chef from Santa Fe, New Mexico, I've always found that one of the best ways to preserve the past is by celebrating culinary traditions.
From Tamale Technology to Xocolat
We're doing just that through our nascent institution, MUSEUM TAMAL. We are currently creating food exhibitions reflecting our region's Spanish, Mexican, Indian, and American culinary heritage. MUSEUM TAMAL is developing the museum's first 10 innovative permanent exhibits, which will range from Comidas PreHispanas and Tamale Technology to Chileology and Xocolat.
Generous Support and Previews
With the support of fellow chefs and our Founding Benefactor MASECA, Museum Tamal focuses on all Latin culinary arts and history. We've presented previews and exhibits at Mission San Juan Capistrano, in West Los Angeles and at The Pico House near Olvera Street, the historic birthplace of our city. PBS's Huell Howser even filmed a 30-minute prime-time tour of that exhibition. Celebrity chefs such as Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali, and passionate, generous individuals like Connolly and Michelle Oyler have generously hosted MUSEUM TAMAL benefits in their home or at their restaurants.
We're now entering the next phase of the museum's development-and the most important stage yet, which aims to bring us to the full-scale opening of a permanent home. We've changed our name to MUSEUM TAMAL, a title that recognizes more fully the bicultural nature of our enterprise. And we are currently hard at work developing exhibition, education, nutrition, and travel programs in concert with a dynamic and growing team of consultants, staff members, sponsors, and volunteers.
Mi Casa Sera Su Casa
At present, we're in the midst of a search for the museum's permanent home. We'll then launch both an aggressive capital campaign and a charter membership program. All along, we've stayed true to the museum's initial vision as a place that celebrates the many and varied aspects of our culinary heritage. Our latest exhibit, currently in development, proves how very vital that vision can become: iGracias, Compañeros!-a presentation of life-sized black-and-white portrait photographs and recorded video interviews acknowledging the lives of Latin immigrants who work behind the scenes in Southern California restaurants. At a time when so many public figures in this nation want to say iAdiós! to immigrants, this exhibit will dramatically demonstrate the vital role MUSEUM TAMAL can play in our community.
We look forward to seeing you at the opening.