CHAPEL HILL — 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.