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Thursday, September 28, 2023 – The Menu: Native baby food, “Corn Dance,” and celebrating Hispanic heritage food

Diné farmer and father Zac Ben is busy harvesting and processing corn from his farm in Shiprock, N.M. to make baby food, the product of his company Bidii Baby Foods. Citizen Potawatomi chef Loretta Barrett Oden’s new cookbook Corn Dance: Inspired First American Cuisine features recipes and ingredients she’s gathered from her culinary start in Santa Fe to her current post at Thirty Nine Restaurant in the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City. And we’ll explore the contributions Hispanic traditional foods have made to American and Native American cuisine.


Loretta Barrett Oden (Citizen Potawatomi), First Americans Museum chef consultant and creator and host of Seasoned with Spirit: A Native Cook’s Journey, an Emmy Award-winning PBS mini-series

Zachariah Ben (Diné), owner and co-founder of Bidii Baby Foods

Enrique Ochoaprofessor of Latin American studies and history at California State University, Los Angeles