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Say Yes to Biodiversity, Cross-Cultural Exchange, and Benedicta Alejo Vargas’s Tamales en Mole

  • Nana Cardoon Urban Farm 2542 Northwest Willamina Avenue Forest Grove, OR, 97116 United States (map)

5:30 pm Appetizers, Cocktails and Garden Tour
7:00 pm Dinner

$75 per person/includes specialty cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages, appetizers, multi-course dinner, and dessert

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Benedicta Alejo Vargas, master indigenous Purepecha cook from San Lorenzo in Michoacan, came north to celebrate biodiversity, cross cultural exchange, and delicious food with you. Teaming up with the folks at Foodways at Nana Cardoon, Benedicta created a special menu full of flavor, and made with local and regional ingredients. She looks forward to sharing her food and culture, as well as helping the workers and families of the Fossil Salt Project. All proceeds from this event will be donated to promote the packaging and marketing of this indigenous Ark of Taste product. 

The evening starts with a tour of the unique Nana Cardoon Urban Farm gardens with cocktails and appetizers in hand.

Benedicta will create her unique three corn tortillas (check out YouTube for preview).  She will also explain the ancient technique of nixtamal and the mysticism related to these corn varieties from the perspective of Purepecha indigenous culture. The dinner features tamales en mole, tortillas with quelitas, blue corn pizza, and other tasty creations!

A special presentation by Slow Food Mexico President Alfonso Rocha Robles will highlight the Fossil Salt Project from Zapotitlan, an Ark of Taste product.  Archeological evidence has shown this region maintains a tradition of salt production more than 2,000 years old. This project is a candidate for the Slow Food Presidia, a program committed to biodiversity and supporting food traditions so the product and producers may continue and thrive.

Questions: Contact Charlene at or call 206.794.1900

Earlier Event: July 18
Forest Grove Farmers Market
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