Brian Hockaday
Brian Hockaday Brian Hockaday is a ethnobotanist at The New York Botanical Garden's Institute of Economic Botany. His research career has focused on the American tropics and his work, from the archeo-botany of the ancient Maya to plant medicine of Latinx migrants in the hyper-urban environment, spans over 1000 years! Brian has spent time living amongst a cacao-growing cooperative on the Costa Rican-Nicaraguan border researching how the pressures of land fragmentation, urban migration, and agricultural tourism inform locals' relationships to the land. He later went on to work firsthand for a single-origin, bean-to-bar chocolate company in California and knows the process of chocolate production through-and-through.

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The centuries-old botanical history of aperitifs and digestifs, from Chartreuse to Fernet Branca, stems in part from a monastic quest to divine an "elixir of long life." Many cultures still commonly consume these herbal drinks, made of complex mixtures of plant material, for their unique flavor prof more...
02/12 Tu 06:30pm-08:30pm Hockaday
For 5,000 years, cacao has been a plant that brings out the best and worst in mankind. Ethnobotanist Brian Hockaday will trace the journey of Theobroma cacao, from its earliest use as an alcoholic beverage to its pivotal role in Mayan society and politics, and from its adoption by colonial po more...
02/06 We 06:30pm-08:30pm Hockaday
Agave have been harvested from the arid "desert forests" of Mexico for over 9,000 years. Today, the genus is best known for the production of mezcal, which can be made from dozens of species, many still wild harvested today. Join NYBG ethnobotanist (and bartender!) Brian Hockaday to explore the hist more...
03/13 We 06:00pm-08:00pm Hockaday