New Mexico Virtual Culinary Event
LIVE Zoom Webinar: December 4, 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.

Join Native American Chef Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D. and Chef Walter Whitewater for a journey into the rich culinary traditions of tamale making. Every year around the Holidays, family and friends get together to make tamales. Lots and lots of tamales. These ancestral corn masa and corn husked wrapped culinary delights are a New Mexican favorite. Learn how to make a light, tender, airy, incredibly flavorful handmade tamale featuring a homemade New Mexico’s green chile sauce and stuffed with calabasitas, literally meaning little squash or summer squash and featuring green chile, squash and corn, a traditional New Mexico dish. You’ll want to sign up and take both Part I and Part II of this series. Part I will be a green chile tamale and Part II will be a red chile tamale.

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