Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Destiny Moser

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Name:  Destiny Moser Location:  Kitchener, Ontario Education/background: Honours – Specialist Chef, Liaison College Business name (if applicable): FoodZen Tribal affiliation: Ojibwe part of the Rainy River First Nations What led to your passion for indigenous foods? Here’s a bit of background: my mom was part of the Sixties Scoop, taken from her community at 4 […]

Interview with an Indigenous Farmer: Angie Comeaux

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Name: Angie Comeaux Location: Florala, Alabama Education/background: Nurse, trained clinical herbal practitioner, farmer Farm name: Hvrvnrvcukwv Ueki-honecv (Hummingbird Springs) Farm Tribal affiliation: Mvskoke, Chahta, Aniyvwiya What led to your passion for indigenous foods? As a nurse, I could see how much of an impact food and nutrition have on our bodies and healing. Since time […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Bryce Michael Edward Stevenson

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Name: Bryce Michael Edward Stevenson Location: Mooingwanekaaning-minis (Madeline Island) Education: Associate of Art in Graphic Design; Bachelor of Art in Indigenous Literature/Creative Writing; Master of Legal Studies in Indigenous Law (current) Business name: Miijim Tribal affiliation: Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa What led to your passion for indigenous foods? Food has always been an issue for me. […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Anthony L. Warrior

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Name: Anthony L. Warrior Location: Nebraska Indian Community College – Santee, NE Education/background: Bachelor of Business Management/Human Resources Business name: Warriors’ Palate Catering and Consultation Tribal affiliation: Absentee Shawnee/Mvskoke-Father; Sicangu Lakota-Mother What led to your passion for indigenous foods? I believe it started when I was a young man participating in tribal ceremonies in Oklahoma. […]

Five unexpected ways to use Navajo Mike’s Barbecue Sauce

Navajo Mikes Barbecue Sauce

Established in 2020, Navajo Mike’s Barbecue started as a small dream in the kitchen and now has become a reality in the heart of Tempe, Arizona. Blending old-fashioned-style barbecue sauce with the homegrown taste of Arizona and diverse herbs and spices. Navajo Mike’s “Original” Southwest Style Barbecue Sauce can be used as more than a […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Jacques T. Watso

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Name: Jacques T. Watso Location: Odanak Education/background: Carpenter by trade Business name: Sagamité Watso Tribal affiliation: Abenaki Nation of Odanak What led to your passion for indigenous foods? Discovering and cultivating a passion for indigenous foods is often a unique and personal journey shaped by various factors. In my case I was raised with a […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Sara Calvosa Olson

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Name: Sara Calvosa Olson Location: Huiman Coast Miwok Land (Mill Valley, CA) Education/background: Author, Chími Nu’am: Native California Foodways for the Contemporary Kitchen, 2023 Heyday Tribe: Karuk What led to your passion for Indigenous foods? It started very simply, I was raising my children away from Karuk community and wanted to make sure that they […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Rick Powless

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Name:  -Traditional name is Lakhwawyʌhu (Good Cook)  -English name is Rick Powless  Location: Six Nations of the Grand River Territory  Education/background:  -Fanshawe College, Apprenticeship  -Red Seal Chef (Canada)  -Dip. Ed. (Diploma in Education-Secondary), University of Western Ontario  Business name: Standing Stone Foods  Tribe: onʌyoteˀa ká, ohkwaliha ká (Oneida Nation of the Thames, Bear Clan)  What led to your passion for indigenous foods?  […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Justin Pioche

Name: Justin Pioche Location: Upper Fruitland, NM Education/background: Kirtland Central High school (diploma), Arizona Culinary Institute (Certificate in Culinary Arts) Business name: Pioche FoodGroup, LLC  Tribal affiliation: Navajo. Salt Clan Navajo born for the Folded Arms People  What led to your passion for indigenous foods? I was not raised traditionally. I was born in Farmington, NM, but spent a lot of my time in Phoenix, AZ, throughout my life. That […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz

Name: Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz Location: Rio Verde, AZ Education/background: Natural foods chef and traditional healer Business name: Kitchen Curandera Tribe:  Xicana with Tewa lineage on mother’s side  What led to your passion for indigenous foods? Having grown up eating many of our traditional foods, I also saw how many of them were disappearing from our lives as the standard American diet became more prevalent. During that time I saw my mother […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Elena Terry

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Elena Terry

Name: Elena Terry  Location: Wisconsin Dells, WI  Education/background: Exec Chef/ Founder Wild Bearies   Business name: Wild Bearies  Tribe: Hocak (Ho-Chunk, Wisconsin)  What led to your passion for indigenous foods?  Our foods have always been a large part of my life. I think the connection and passion is something that has just always been there for me. Some of […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Crystal Wahpepah

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  Name: Crystal Wahpepah Location: Oakland, California Business name: Owner, Wahpepah’s Kitchen Tribe: Kickapoo  What led to your passion for Indigenous foods? I always loved Native foods and I got to cook at a young age with family. It came so natural for me to be in the kitchen, like it was my gateway to […]