The Summer of 2013 is full of excitement and potential: We’re watching the progress of the immigration reform bill — which is expected to go to the Senate floor next week — and there are many fantastic events and happenings celebrating culture, food and conversation.

Please join us at Casa Azafrán for any, or all, of the following programs.

Explore pre-Colombian Mexican dance and songs

Saturday, June 8, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
at Casa Azafrán, 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

Through the Vanderbilt Center for Latin American Studies, Yeu-Matchuc will perform at Casa Azafrán, on June 8 at 3 p.m. At 2 p.m, one hour prior to the performance, there will be an introduction to Yoreme culture and cosmology and a discussion of a bilingual (Yoreme-Spanish) children’s book written by Helena Simonett, assistant professor of Latin American Studies and associate director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt in collaboration with Bernardo Esquer López, the artistic leader of Yeu Matchuc,

Common Grounds

Friday, June 14th, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Conexión Américas offices at Casa Azafrán

Stop by for a complimentary taste of our Café Rumba Roast and for casual conversation about what is brewing at Conexión Américas and in our Latino community.

RSVPs appreciated.

Celebrate Father’s Day at Casa Azafrán!

Sunday, June 16, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Chef Carlos Davis of Riff’s Fine Street Food will be working the grill in the beautiful courtyard to create a delicious buffet fit for the whole family. Sip on Watermelon Lemonade alongside some Sweet and Spicy Cornbread, Hot Smoked Salmon and Double Dipped Buttermilk Fried Chicken.

Reservations are available for 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30 seatings. Pre-purchase your tickets to reserve your seat. No reservations are required, but are encouraged.

Details at the Mesa Komal blog.

Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think

Sunday, June 16, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
at Casa Azafrán

Free screening of a a 55-minute documentary, “Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think,” which explores the opinions of Muslims around the globe as revealed in the world’s first major opinion poll on the subject, conducted by Gallup, the preeminent polling organization. The screening is followed by a question-and-answer session with Daniel Tutt, a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.

Mesa Komal International Cooking Club

Join us for culinary adventure at Mesa Komal, located at Casa Azafrán, during the International Cooking Club series. We will highlight one aspect of the cuisine from a particular country, talk about the culture, play music and drink wine while the group works together to create dinner.

Tuesday, June 18th: Raul Garcia, Costa Rica
Tuesday, July 9th: Lamar Alvarez, Haiti
Tuesday, August 13th: Alfonso Nieto, Cuba and Colombia
Tuesday, September 10th: Karla Ruiz, Mexico
Tuesday, October 8th: Patricia Arrunategui, Peru

All Mesa Komal International Cooking Club events are at 6:30 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Mesa Komal blog.