Virtual Inspirations

WELLNESS & RENEWAL: How to Make Beans | 3 Sisters Stew | No Fry-Frybread


New Mexico Virtual Culinary Experience

With the new year on the way, Lois Ellen Frank from Red Mesa Cuisine will teach us New Mexican staples that are anything but ordinary.

Lois will guide us through three recipes: How to make beans, three sisters stew, and No Fry Indian Frybread. A wonderful way to start the new year!

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This virtual cooking experience was recorded LIVE on January 22, 2021 and is now available on-demand with recipes!

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: $20/person