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About this workshop

As part of the Archives in Common: Migrant Practices/Knowledges/Memory project, chef Carolina Saavedra will facilitate a series of workshops centered on food traditions, food justice, and urban farming.

This series will continue with a second outdoor workshop "Brewing Memories" on medicinal herbs at Brooke Park, a community garden in the South Bronx where Carolina grows many of the delicious chiles and herbs she and her mom, Natalia Mendez, use in their traditional recipes at La Morada restaurant. The workshop is called “Brewing memories" because Carolina will invite us to “draw” a memory using herbs and honey, which we will then brew into our own tea! In this hands-on workshop, we will not only learn about different herbs we can easily grow at home (and perhaps use to brew more tea), but also about different knowledges and traditions linked to medicinal herbs.


The workshops will be documented in the Archives in Common page here.

Chef Carolina Saavedra of La Morada restaurant


The workshop will be led by Carolina Saavedra, an educator at Stone Barns Center, a nonprofit organization working to bring about a healthy and sustainable food system. She is also the sous chef at La Morada restaurant, where the Saavedra family fights to ensure equality and social justice and to preserve their indigenous roots within the community of the South Bronx.

She once considered a career in medicine but left her pre-med studies to pursue her calling and passion for feeding people and preserving food traditions. She moved to San Miguel Ahuehuetitlan, municipality of Oaxaca, Mexico to immerse herself in her indigenous roots and learn her ancestors’ recipes. Upon her arrival back in the U.S., Carolina continued to build her culinary career, competing on Food Network’s Chopped, graduating from the International Culinary Center with honors, and securing a competitive culinary internship at Martha and Marley Spoon.

Chef Carolina has represented the U.S. at multiple gastronomy events in Mexico, and she is a sought-after chef who has taught at leading cultural institutions including The Bronx Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

View photos from the first Brewing Memories workshop held on Saturday, October 3rd, at Brooke Park, facilitated by La Morada chef Carolina Saavedra. Photos by Cinthya Santoa-Briones.


La Morada co-owner Natalia Saavedra, talking about the importance of building community and memories through food and culinary traditions, and about the significance of centering healing in community during these times. Brewing Memories workshop, Saturday, October 3, at Brooke Park. Photo by Cinthya Santos-Briones.




A red plate with a a mix of several herbs over a white board filled with notes made by a workshop participant, explaining the benefits uses and of Salvia. Brewing Memories workshop held on Saturday, October 3, at Brooke Park. Photo by Cinthya Santos-Briones.




Professor Ángeles Donoso Macaya, chef Carolina Saavedra and chef Natalia Mendez at the Brewing Memories workshop held on Saturday, October 3, at Brooke Park. Photo by Cinthya Santos-Briones.



A memory drawn by a workshop participant, using lemongrass mixed with honey. Brewing Memories workshop held on Saturday, October 3, at Brooke Park. Photo by Cinthya Santos-Briones.



The hands of a workshop participant displaying their memory, drawn using a mix of herbs and honey over a cheese cloth. Brewing Memories workshop held on Saturday, October 3, at Brooke Park. Photo by Cinthya Santos-Briones.

Brewing Memories workshop held on Saturday, October 3, at Brooke Park. Photo by Cinthya Santos-Briones.

Marco Saavedra, Antonio Saavedra and Natalia Mendez setting the fire to boil water. Brewing Memories workshop, Saturday, October 3, at Brooke Park. Photo by Cinthya Santos-Briones.

Brewing Memories workshop held on Saturday, October 3, at Brooke Park. Photo by Cinthya Santos-Briones.



This workshop and series is co-sponsored by La Morada restaurant and the Archives in Common: Migrant Practices/Knowledges/Memory project as part of the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research from the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center CUNY.

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Chef Carolina Saavedra of La Morada restaurant, a community collaborator with the Archives in Common project.

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