Literally and metaphorically, we are what we eat. From vitamins and minerals to our cultural heritages, food is physiologically and emotionally important. Cuisine is passed down from one generation to the next, becoming apart of who we are. Come explore how historical and current conditions shape our relationship to food and the ways in which we use food to express identity, community, values, status, and creativity. In particular, celebrate our creamiest fruit at Pairings: Avocado.
mak-‘amham + mak-‘nuunu - Our Food, Our Story
With Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino
7:00, 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Webcast Studio
There’s New California cuisine, and then there’s old California cuisine - really old. Get a taste of indigenous Ohlone food and culture through Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino’s presentations on four stages of Ohlone cultural identity: pre-contact, survival, revival, and a hopeful future. Pair each with Ohlone food and tea gathered and prepared by people in the contemporary Ohlone community.
With Mary Lu Arpaia
7:00 p.m. | Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6
Please note: Seating and tastings for Pairings are limited to 120 ticketed guests. Pick up your free ticket at the Observatory.
California avocados are popular, but getting them isn’t easy - issues of monoculture, competition, and climate change threaten the creamy superfood of our dreams. Learn about the history of the California avocado and take a look at its possible future with avocado expert Mary Lu Arpaia. In addition, learn about good fats and bad fats with Exploratorium senior scientist Julie Yu, get the secrets of using avocado in the kitchen with chef Loretta Keller, and investigate fat-washing from beverage guru Clay Reynolds - all accompanied by samples of creative avocado cuisine.
Your Microbial Geography
With Jen Frazier
7:30 p.m. | Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum
Our bodies contain 30 trillion microbes, making up a microbiome that seems essential for our well-being. Each region of our body has different microbes, but what exactly are these microbes, and how do they affect us? What boundaries define where they live, and can they be changed? Explore the boundaries of your microbial geography with staff biologist Jennifer Frazier.
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Cost:$17.95 advance, $19.95 at the door
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San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 528-4444
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