CHEROKEE, N.C. – Cherokee chef Nico Albert will discuss food sovereignty and prepare several dishes live for an audience at the Bird Town Community Center near Cherokee at 2 p.m., March 22.
Space is very limited for this event. Preference for this community-centered event will be given to members of federally-recognized tribes. Register here: https://bit.ly/3IF1idP.
At 6 p.m., Monday, March 28, tune in to YouTube for a screening of Albert’s lecture, plus a Q&A with Museum of the Cherokee Indian staff. No registration is required for this free, virtual event. youtube.com/c/cherokeemuseum/
Chef Albert is a Cherokee Nation citizen who is also a caterer and student of traditional Indigenous cuisines. She is based in Tulsa. She began her culinary education growing up in California and Arizona, spending time in her mother’s garden and in the kitchen preparing family meals. After relocating to northeastern Oklahoma, Nico embraced her return to the post-removal homeland of her mother’s people “as a calling and opportunity to re-establish a relationship with her Cherokee community, first and foremost through the language of food.”
She is the owner and executive chef of Burning Cedar Indigenous Foods, a catering and consulting company specializing in traditional and modern Native cuisine. Her work centers on the revitalization of ancestral Indigenous food ways to promote healing and wellness in the Native American community.
Albert’s work has been featured regionally and nationally by Food Network Magazine, USA TODAY, Hulu, BBC, OsiyoTV, Smithsonian Museum Of Natural History, King Arthur Baking Company and PBS, among others.
In an effort to provide access to knowledge of healthy traditional food ways and Indigenous wellness practices to families who live in the urban Tulsa community, she founded Burning Cedar Sovereign Kitchen, a pending nonprofit organization and forthcoming urban Indigenous community space.
The mission of Burning Cedar Sovereign Kitchen is to address socioeconomic disparities, health crises, and cultural disconnection affecting Indigenous communities by re-establishing ancestral food ways, birthing practices and traditional medicine. In addition, Albert wants to educate future generations of Indigenous cooks, support Indigenous food producers, teach sustainable and environmentally restorative practices and provide resources for Native people to improve their spiritual and physical health through ancestral ways of knowing.