Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated across the country, and although many dishes are considered staples at any table, each region offers its own signature touches to the presentation, making the art of coming together a unique blend of heirloom and innovation. Here in the Southwest, we have our own special flavors, which add to the New England recipes our forebears brought with them as settlers heading West. The Native American and Mexican influences have provided new layers of flavor and creative license. Where else can you find such tantalizing and inspired Thanksgiving dishes as Cornbread-Chorizo Dressing, Ancho Chile Pumpkin Pie and Cranberry Mole? These dishes are made possible by the glorious celebration of our many cultural differences, an honorable evolution in the spirit of the first Thanksgiving.
Like the holiday itself, Colonial Mexican Dining Room (Westcott, 1991), is a celebration of tradition and collaboration, the labor of many coming together to create one special moment. Several fine miniature artisans lent their expertise to the production of each detail, from the terra cotta tiles to the open-beam ceiling. The master silversmith, Pete Acquisto, created the limited edition reproduction set of a pitcher and goblets by Thomas More -the original design dates to 1785. Fellow silversmith Randy Whitman produced a gorgeous sterling tea set and, perhaps not surprisingly, the cat in the scene is one by Charles Claudon, well known in the miniature world for his charismatic felines. The roombox itself is by the great Peter Westcott, whose training as an architect led him to a rewarding career in miniature room design and restoration.1 His work can be found in countless collections, both in private and public galleries. Click here to continue reading a pdf of this article >>