Virtual Inspirations



New Mexico Virtual Culinary Event
LIVE Zoom Webinar: July 3, 2020, 3:00PM-4:15PM (MST)

Take a journey into the heart and soul of New Mexico with Native American chef and food historian, Chef Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D.

Learn the step by step process of making your own corn tortillas, a history of the corn that ancestral Native people soaked in ash to remove the corn skills, a process called nixtamalization, and then took the soaked corn and made a masa that became the corn tortillas we know and love today and the masa for tamales that are a Native American and Mexican staple. Then learn how to make a nutritious and delicious New Mexico red chile sauce from chile pods the way the grandmothers have made this sauce for millennia. A must class for anyone interested in New Mexico cuisine.

Lois will be teaching & cooking LIVE on the call with time for Q & A at the end.

Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D.

Chef Lois has spent over 25 years documenting foods and life ways of Native American tribes from the Southwest, and in 2011 received her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in Culinary Anthropology. This lengthy immersion in Native American communities culminated in her book, Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations, featuring traditional and contemporary recipes. It won the James Beard Award in the Americana category and was the first Native American book to win the award. She has worked with world-renowned chefs, scientists and academicians and collaborated with them to publish many culinary posters and cookbooks.

Walter Whitewater

Walter Whitewater was born in Pinon, Arizona and is from the Diné (Navajo) Nation. He grew up in a traditional family and began cooking as a young boy after seeing people cooking at some of the traditional ceremonies his family attended. He began cooking professionally in 1992 and has been cooking ever since, now working alongside Lois and founding the Native American Catering and Food Company named Red Mesa Cuisine. Today Chefs Frank and Whitewater cook for private events, weddings, parties, corporate meetings and gallery openings as well as Native events for Native organizations all over the United States and Internationally.

Event Enrollment Fee: $45/person