By Jenna Kunze
Minnesota’s first full-service indigenous restaurant, Owanmi, was named Finest New Restaurant on the 2022 James Beard Awards.
Opened by enterprise companions Chef Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota) and Dana Thompson (descendant of Wahpeton-Sisseton and Mdewakanton Dakota) in 2021, the restaurant serves solely pre-European contact meals. Excluded from the menu are colonial substances, together with: wheat, dairy merchandise, cane sugar, pork and hen.
At an awards ceremony in Chicago on June 13, Sherman stated the win was an incentive to all Natives that “we’re nonetheless right here.”
“We put well being on the desk, we put tradition on the desk, and we put our tales on the desk,” Sherman stated. “We hope that someday we are able to discover Native American eating places in each metropolis.”
For Sherman, this new award shouldn’t be the primary time he has acquired a prestigious meals award: his first cookbook, Chef Sioux’s Indian Delicacies, received the James Beard Award for Finest American Cookbook in 2018. The next yr, he acquired a management award. . Sherman was additionally a finalist for “Finest Chef” within the Midwest area, however misplaced to chef Dane Baldwin of Milwaukee.
As one other nod to the Indigenous culinary motion, native chef Crystal Wahpepach (a Kickapoo Nation of Oklahoma) was named a New Chef finalist. Wahpepah is the founding father of Oakland, California-based Wahepah’s Kitchen, an organization devoted to restoring native produce and educating individuals about their well being advantages. The Rising Chef Award was introduced to Edgar Rico of Nixta Taqueria in Austin, Texas.
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