One hundred years ago, Miami was not the vibrant epicenter of diverse culture and cuisine that it is today, but food was still an important part of life and society. With the help of Chef d’Alessandro, Vizcaya and FIU’s Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment are partnering at Vizcaya’s village–once farmland–to explore how food has changed over the last century. ConSerVations: Did you know that Vizcaya’s owner, James Deering, was an environmentalist? By building his house close to the water, Deering was able to preserve much of Vizcaya’s inland native forest. Want to know more? JoinÂ Vizcaya for conversations on conservation and let Deering’s passion for environmental preservation ignite your own!