The United Cultures group once again held a “Cuisine by the Culture” event in St. James this time featuring authentic Mexican Food as a packed room gathered to the First Presbyterian Church on Sunday.

The events that the group hosts are a way to educate the community more about different cultures that make up St. James and the Watonwan County area while also allowing people to try different foods.

Asides from the different foods that people try there is also a portion of the events dedicated to teaching people about different cultures including presentations done in both English and Spanish.

About Authentic Mexican Food

The Mexica establishment of the Aztec Empire created a multi-ethnic society where many different foodways became infused. The staples are native foods, such as corn, beans, squash, amaranth, chia, avocados, tomatoes, tomatillos, caco, vanilla, agave, turkey, spirulina, sweet potato, cactus and chili pepper. After the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in the 16th Century, Europeans introduced a number of other foods, the most important of which were meats ( beef, pork, chicken, goat, and sheep), dairy products (especially cheese and milk), and rice. While the Spanish initially tried to impose their own diet on the country, this was not possible. African and Asian influences were also introduced into the indigenous cuisine during this era as a result of African slavery in New Spain and the Manila- Acapulco Galleons. Over the centuries, this resulted in regional cuisines based on local conditions, such as those in Oaxaca, Veracruz and the Yucatan Peninsula. Mexican cuisine is an important aspect of the culture, social structure and popular traditions of Mexico.

The next “Cuisine by the Culture” event is scheduled to take place on August 26 and will feature culture and food from Scandinavia.