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Origins of chocolate to be savored

From Staff ReportsFebruary 14, 2008 

— Who gave us chocolate, a traditional treat on Valentine's Day?

They were the ancient Mayans of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, who will be honored for the tasty contribution during a free event at 7 p.m. today at the FedEx Global Education Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

The event will feature samples of chocolate crepes, Mexican fondue, Mayan chocolate cake, Mexican flan, Aztec chocolate and hot chocolate Mexican-style -- with chiles and cinnamon.

Dorie Reents-Budet, curator of the art of the ancient Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, will discuss "Chocolatl-Kakaw: The New World Origins of Chocolate."

Limited parking is available under or behind the center, at McCauley and Pittsboro streets. Most campus parking is free after hours.

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