Meet Thomas Andrade

Thomas Andrade came to visit us as a part of our training program here at the Indigenous Food Lab. He currently lives in Anchorage, Alaska with ties to the Tseshaht, Navajo, and Apache nations. He works as a nutrition coordinator for Cook Inlet Tribal Council in their holistic re-entry program for Indigenous men in recovery.  […]

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Live Cooking Demo

On August 11th, we partnered with Accenture to offer a live cooking demo doubling as a Accenture employee fundraiser to benefit our work here at NATIFS. We went live at noon and started with IFL kitchen manager Vern and a visiting chef, Daryl, who walked through how to make an Indigenous breakfast. They kept things […]

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Drying Tobacco

Tobacco is a very hardy plant that enjoys lots of heat but not humidity – if the plant is too wet it can become weak and thin. It can get to around seven feet tall when fully grown depending on the variety. In our community garden this summer we have been trying our hand at […]

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Lending a Hand

With the opening of our sister restaurant Owamni nearing, some of their staff has been working with us in the Indigenous Food Lab (IFL) to research, taste, and develop their menu. The kitchen at Owamni is still in need of some last finishing touches as equipment and resources are coming in slower than expected due […]

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Where to Find Indigenous Foods and Food Products

One of the most asked questions we get either via email, in response to meal kits we’ve done, or just people stopping us in the IFL, is “where can I buy Indigenous foods or food products?” A large part of our mission at NĀTIFS is to promote and provide access to Indigenous food vendors to […]

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Foraging, Harvesting, and Drying Nettle

Last week, the kitchen staff headed out to Battle Creek Park in St. Paul to go foraging. They carefully harvested a bunch of stinging nettle (using leather gloves of course!). Now despite the stinging hairs all along the leaves and stems and their bad reputation, there are actually many uses for nettle both edible and medicinal.

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