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In the Americas, indigenous peoples domesticated a host of animals and plants, weaving foodways and cultures over the many thousands of years that anteceded European colonization.

During National Hispanic Heritage Month* we’re partnering with Traci Des Jardins, the two-time James Beard award winner, philanthropist, and operator of Bon Appétit Management Company restaurants. We explore Traci’s upbringing, the alchemy of identity and cuisine, and what her Hispanic heritage means to her.