7th Annual Cactus Blossom Mission Heritage Dinner

May 21, 2022 6:00 - 9:00 pm

231 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA

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A culinary tour of Native American Texas designed by Chef Adán Medrano!

Two day event featuring live painting, a film screening, silent auction, beautiful cultural presentations and more.

Funds raised through the Cactus Blossom Dinner support our many programs and services that strengthen San Antonio through cultural presentation, preservation, healing, and advocacy. 

Our Culinary Tour of Native American Texas will feature three moments:


 Pecan smoked trout with caviar, and frisée with yucca crisps



Chile ancho bison meatballs in adobo with roasted cactus. Mini-sopes with stewed beans and pico de gallo served with cilantro rice


Puff pastry filled with jícama and strawberries. 

About the Film Screening 

*Free with purchase of ticket, be sure to RSVP at checkout

Location - Buena Vista Theater UTSA Downtown Campus

Date - Friday, May 20th 2022, at 6:30pm - 9:30pm  

Doors Open - 5:30pm  

Address: 501 W. César Chávez Blvd, USTA Downtown Campus San Antonio, TX 78207




About the 7th Annual Cactus Blossom Mission Heritage Dinner

*Silent Auction and Dinner

Location - The Venues at San Fernando Ballroom

Date - Saturday, May 21st 2022, at 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Address: 231 W. Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205



 Location Details for Cactus Blossom Dinner


Our Initiatives

Your sponsorship and donations support our various programs and initiatives in three areas:



Indigenous Arts

  • Educational Performance Ensembles: AIT Dance Theater, River Singers, Yanaguana Drummers
  • Yanaguana Mission Heritage Tours and Culinary Arts
  • Events: Yanaguana Fest, Noche de Recuerdos Poetry and Arts Showcase
  • Yanaguana Seasonal Artisans Market



Community Engagement

  • Youth Leadership Development, Restorative Justice & Healing
  • Black & Brown Mens Initiative, Healing Communities Collective, Indigenous Artist Collaborative
  • Tribal & Native Urban Indian Equity, Native Vote SA, Civic Engagement and Base Building


Family Health and Wellness

  • San Antonio Fatherhood Campaign: Raising Children with Pride, Cara y Corazón
  • 7th Generation Birthing Services
  • Healing the Wounded Spirit Family Violence Prevention Program
  • Wrap around case management, counseling, and mentorship



About the Chef Adán Medrano

The featured chef for this year's Cactus Blossom is Adán Medrano!

Adán Medrano spent 23 years travelling and working throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia where he came to recognize the importance of food and culinary traditions in society. He returned to the US in 2010 to focus on the culinary traditions of the Mexican American community of Texas: its history, recipes, and how this singular cuisine is showing the way towards a better understanding of what it means to be "American."

Adán Medrano is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. His professional work in restaurant kitchens includes fine dining at "Restaurant Ten Bogaerde" in Belgium, and volunteering as the Chef of Houston's Casa Juan Diego, a shelter for homeless persons. He has lectured about food & culture at academic institutions, including Harvard University Coop, Colorado College, Culinary Institute of America, and Northeastern University. He has showcased his recipes at national gatherings of the National Association of Latino Arts And Cultures, at Brennan's restaurant in Houston,  at "Nao," the CIA restaurant in San Antonio, and at the American Book Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Adán is also an award-winning filmmaker and holds a Master of Arts degree in Radio, Television and Film from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1976 he founded the San Antonio CineFestival, the first and now longest-running Latino film festival in the USA.

About Truly Texas Mexican

Delicious "Comida Casera," (home cooking) of Texas Mexican American families, created by indigenous businesswomen, rose to fame in the late 1800s. Later dubbed "Chili Queens," the innovative women chefs were harassed and forced out of business, victims of racism. The road movie weaves through San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Brownsville and other Texas cities, naming the racism that erased the origins of Texas Mexican food, and suppressed Native American history. But intrepid women kept on cooking and creating native dishes, flavorful creations that became classics. In the process, they strengthened the community's living memory and heritage. They continually build a table where ALL ARE WELCOME.



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About American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions (AIT-SCM)

For more than 25 years, AIT-SCM has worked for the preservation and protection of the culture and traditions of the indigenous peoples of South Texas through outreach, economic development, and legislative initiatives. AIT-SCM strives to strengthen and enhance the ties Native Americans have to the practices that are universal to Indigenous people, building on them to educate and inform others of our presence and history.

AIT-SCM Institute

The AIT-SCM Institute has developed an array of training and technical services that include:


National consultative advisors and experts in the area of culturally responsive programming, restorative justice training/Implementation and transformative healing working for healthy community and family development. This team of experts serves as trainers and advisors in strategic planning, program development, research and evaluation.


A clearing-house of culturally relevant materials and resources that promote community healing & positivity that can be made available to programs and organizations locally, statewide and nationally.


A comprehensive Communication Center develops media campaigns that promote positive youth/fatherhood involvement to reduce the incidence of family violence, to achieve school readiness & success, improve health outcomes for Native American, Chicano, and Latino children and families. "Compadres Network" chapters locally, statewide, and throughout the nation.

Circles/Circulo de Hombres/Mujeres

Monthly circles to create a safe and therapeutic environment for collective healing, to unpack trauma, & building communities that will grow stronger sustainable safety nets for our San Antonio communities. Fostering mentors for the youth development programming  


Black and Brown Mens Movement

A coalition of men of color that took on the responsibility of engaging, educating, encouraging & empowering Black & Brown Men and Boys to embrace and focus on Racial Justice & Gender Equity. Fostering mentors for the youth development programming


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