Resilience Recipes: Native Food-preneurs Cooking Demonstrations - Loretta Barrett Oden
Resilience Recipes: Native Food-preneurs Cooking Demonstrations brings together some of the most influential and cutting-edge Indigenous chefs in the United States and Canada. Each week through June, a featured chef will guide us through one of their favorite dishes that emphasizes the variety of regional native foods and using food preparation techniques that range from those practiced for millennia to those that utilize state-of-the-art kitchen equipment. After each recipe demonstration video, the chefs will join us live to answer your questions about their kitchen experiences and the latest updates in the Indigenous food sovereignty movement. This series is sponsored by the Justice, Equality, and Community Initiative at Davidson College and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. We will livestream on Mondays at 4 p.m. EDT from May 18 through June 29.
Loretta Barrett Oden was raised in Oklahoma, a state she calls a "melting pot" as it is populated by 39 federally recognized Native American tribes from all parts of North America. She grew up surrounded by cooking and often accompanied her mother, grandmothers, and aunts while they prepared traditional dishes. As an adult, she realized the potential opportunity to educate others about Native American history and culture through cuisine.
Loretta has spent the past thirty-plus years, cooking, studying, teaching and adapting recipes to preserve the culinary legacy of her upbringing. In the early 1990s, she and her son, the late chef Clayton Oden, opened the Corn Dance Cafe in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the first restaurant to showcase the bounty of food indigenous to the Americas.
She is best known in the public eye for her five-part television series, "Seasoned With Spirit: A Native Cook's Journey," by PBS. Her work has opened minds (and mouths) to the diversity within Native American culture, a history that is often overlooked by the average population. Her work in educating others and sharing her love for history through food has earned her numerous awards and honors, including an Emmy for her PBS series.
Watch the livestreams and the archived demonstrations at ctl.davidson.edu/foodpreneurs.
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