Lecture Series: The Mexican Restaurant Across Time and Place - CSPM

Lecture Series: The Mexican Restaurant Across Time and Place

August Lecture Series Promotional Photo which includes three different photos. Images clockwise from the top left: An outdoor sign of Vallejos Resturant Mexican Food, photo of Daniel Arreola leaning against a building, and a menu from El Rancho Corova which is colorful and shows a setting inside a mexican restaurant. At the bottom, it says Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Lecture Series. From Chili Queens To Haute Cuisine: The Mexican Restaurant Across Time and Place, Presented by: Daniel Arreola, Saturday, August 10, 2024, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.


From Chili Queens to Haute Cuisine: The Mexican Restaurant Across Time and Place 

Saturday, August 10, 2024 

2:00 ‚Äď 3:00 p.m.¬†

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum presents the 2024 lecture series, featuring a wide range of speakers offering diverse perspectives and unique insights on Pikes Peak regional history. Admission is free, but registration is required. 


The Mexican restaurant is a form of ethnic food dining found across the United States in cities and towns. It is an expression of popular cultural consumption but also a business enterprise historically engaged by families of Mexican ancestry. This presentation explores how Mexican restaurants came to be part of the American dining experience. The presentation examines the restaurant as a form of material culture, a venue of cross-cultural contact, an ethnic enterprise, and a culinary business of surprising regional variation. The story of the Mexican restaurant is revealed through conventional sources, including field investigations, and an archive of historic ephemera that includes postcards, matchbook covers, and menus. Across its many time and place transformations, the Mexican restaurant, originally constructed for non-Mexicans to experience Mexican food, persists as an institution of American dining enjoyed by many and located in every part of the country. 


Daniel Arreola is a cultural and historical geographer who specializes in the study of the Mexican American borderland and Hispanic cultures in America. He is the recipient of the Paul P. Vouras Medal from The American Geographical Society for his studies in regional geography, and the Carl O. Sauer Distinguished Scholarship Award and the Preston E. James Eminent Latin Americanist Career Award from the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers for his Mexican borderland studies. Arreola is the author of seven scholarly books. He is an Arizona State University, Professor Emeritus, and currently resides in Placitas, New Mexico. 


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Event Details:


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Aug 10 2024


Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum