Last weekend the Wise OWL made a trip to the American Museum of Natural History to check out the current exhibit “Our Global Kitchen,” which featured tea as the daily tasting in the Working Kitchen.
The exhibit takes you through cultural food experiences that transport you around the world and back in time. Concurrently, important questions are asked about food choices and the social, economic and political consequences that come along with the challenge of feeding people.
By showcasing historical food scenes, cultural differences and innovations in food systems, the exhibit acts as both a celebration of food and as a mechanism to instill a sense of urgency in making sustainable choices.
“Our Global Kitchen” runs through August 11, 2013 and features daily tastings in the Working Kitchen with themes such as Grains/Granolas, International Cooking, Pickling and Teas.
Below, samples of Arnold Palmers were handed out to visitors. This version included black tea, lemonade and a blueberry.
Looseleaf teas of different varieties were on display.
A wall of ancient potato varieties made the average spud seem boring.
An elaborate portrayal of an Aztec market pointed out that common foods such as chocolate, vanilla, tomatoes and chili peppers were unknown outside of the Americas roughly 500 years ago.
A wall of beloved cookbooks found in kitchens around the world.
Models of potential sustainable solutions sparked the imagination for future food systems.
Following water, tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, and, perhaps because of this, the act of tea consumption is steeped in cultural nuances and traditions (pun intended).
The Wise OWL hopes that fellow tea lovers will appreciate the exhibit!