Control your food and you control your destiny.


Indigenous food is the missing piece of our culinary story.


We need to start looking at food as a way to heal ourselves and the planet.


The deadline to buy tickets is October 15, 2023


Sean Sherman

Celebrate the 2023 recipient of the Julia Child Award—nationally- acclaimed chef Sean Sherman—an award-winning cookbook author, activist and founder of the North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS).

Presented by The Julia Child Foundation
for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts in association with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the 9th Annual Julia Child Award Gala will be held on Tuesday, October 24, at The Depot’s Grand Hall in Minneapolis, Minn.

October 24, 2023

COCKTAILS: 6:30 to 7pm

Menu curated by Sean Sherman and prepared by NATIFS
Wines from Native American vintners
Individual Tickets: $400


Megan O’Hara and R.T. Rybak, President & CEO
of the Minneapolis Foundation


Andrew Zimmern
Toni Tipton-Martin
And some surprise food stars

Chef Sean Sherman is an award-winning chef, educator, author, and activist. A member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe, Sean’s personal mission is to revitalize Indigenous food systems and build awareness of the transformational potential of Indigenous foodways to restore the health, local economies, culture, and food sovereignty of Native people.

About Sean

Chef Sean Sherman has dedicated his career to supporting and promoting Indigenous food systems and Native food sovereignty.

Sean’s cooking style is based on pre-colonial Indigenous food systems, using only ingredients that are native to North America. His menus are inspired by the seasons and the land, featuring traditional ingredients like bison, hand-harvested wild rice, cedar, and sumac. He draws on the knowledge and culinary techniques of his ancestors to develop innovative, nutritious, and flavorful dishes that incorporate wild game, fish, foraged plants, and heirloom grains.

Through his activism and advocacy, Sean is helping to reclaim and celebrate the rich culinary heritage of Indigenous communities around the world.

Sean Sherman chef photo by Nancy Bundt


“Our ancestors understood how to live in balance with the natural world. Indigenous foods are the original foods of this continent. It’s important we recognize that and start celebrating those foods.”

Arm holding plate with colorful Indigenous food


NĀTIFS (North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems)

NĀTIFS (North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems) is a non-profit organization that works to revitalize Indigenous food systems across North America. We envision a food system that generates wealth and improves health in Native communities through food-related enterprises. NATIFS initiatives include the Indigenous Food Lab, advocacy and education, seed and knowledge sovereignty, and Indigenous foodways curriculum.

The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen

Here is real food—our indigenous American fruits and vegetables, the wild and foraged ingredients, game and fish. Locally sourced, seasonal, “clean” ingredients and nose-to-tail cooking are nothing new to Sean Sherman, the Oglala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef. In his breakout book, The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, Sherman shares his approach to creating boldly seasoned foods that are vibrant, healthful, at once elegant and easy.

The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen cookbook


America’s Cultural Heritage Seeds

America’s Cultural Heritage Seeds

North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems’ connection to Seed Savers Exchange — and why it matters   Whether you’re an avid gardener or a black thumb, you’re likely to have heard of the Three Sisters planting method: a trio of corn, pole beans and squash...

“We’re here to create a conversation about what Indigenous foods are and why they’re important.”

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