You might not think that Arab and Southwestern American culture have much in common -- but there are astounding parallels in the cuisine of the two regions.
Then again, It makes sense if you think about it: Arid, desert climates produce similar plants and animals, and these similarities in landscape ecology can lead to similarities in ethnogeography, agriculture and, naturally, cuisines.
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You can explore these ideas further at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street, at 7 p.m. tonight when writer, lecturer and conservation scientist Gary Paul Nabhan kicks off the Gardens' new lecture series, Feast in the Garden: Edible Landscapes and Regional Food Traditions, with his talk titled "Arab/American: Landscape, Culture and Cuisine in Two Great Deserts."
Get to the Gardens early for a Slow Food Denver tasting that starts at 6 p.m.; there will also be tours of the Sacred Earth Garden at 4 and 5:15 p.m.
The lecture is $20 for members, $25 for non-members, and the Sacred Earth Garden tours are an additional $5, with separate registration required. Read Susan Froyd's Night & Day piece on the event here; visit www.botanicgardens.org or call 720-865-3580 for more information.
For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings.