First Nations Food Taster

First Nations Food Taster

The Native American Student Association (NASA) hosted
the 15th annual First Nations Food Taster.

Friday, November 6 from 5-7 p.m.
D.J. Jacobetti Complex Commons
Northern Michigan University


See the 2014 FNFT Photo Highlights on the CNAS Flickr account.



Once again, NASA has decided they will not serve frybread.  See Anti-frybread Poster.  In order to understand why NASA decided this, please read the Anti-frybread Verbage pages. 


Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Advanced Ticket prices: 

Available until 5pm on Wednesday, November 5 at the following locations

112 Whitman Hall - Center for Native American Studies
3001 Hedgcock - Multicultural Education and Resource Center

$5      Advanced NMU student w/ID and Elder
$12    Advanced General Admission


Ticket prices at the Door

$7     At the Door NMU student w/ID, Elder, and Children ages 5-13
$15   At the Door General Admission



The First Nations Food Taster would not be possible without the support of many community organizations.  Local businesses provided gift certificates and we hope that many people will bring dishbags to, not only help our environment, but to also be eligible for prizes.  What is a dish bag?  Read on to find out.   
Dr. Elda Tate will join us and play Native flute music.   
We will feature recipes from the Decolonizing Diet Project (DDP), as well as some contemporary dishes.  


Fall 2014 First Nations Food Taster: 

The First Nations Food Taster provides guests with an array of foods from traditional and contemporary Native American recipes.  As the names suggests, it is a "taster" of foods that most people would not generally have available.  The recipes may change from year to year depending on what's available through donation.

This year we had the opportunity to provide guests with an array of specialty foods that could have been eaten by our Native American ancestors.  Through the Decolonizing Diet Project, research subjects created these recipes with ingredients listed in the DDP master food list.   

The Food Taster is also a fundraiser for the annual pow wow also hosted by NASA.  The event would not be possible without support from the departments at NMU, the local community, and volunteers.


Volunteer Sign-up.  The First Nations Food Taster is a huge project!  NASA could not provide this array of foods without the consistent help of volunteers.  We appreciate everyone who helps us in so many ways.  Volunteers will assist in the kitchen (prep, cooking, cleaning); helping in the dining area (serving, refilling items, set-up, clean-up), or collecting tickets at the door.  Each volunteer will receive one free meal voucher to eat at the First Nations Food Taster.     

To volunteer - Please complete the 2013 FNFT Volunteer Form and return to 112 Whitman Hall. 


Anishinaabemowin - Food taster language

The menu consists of traditional and contemporary Native American dishes.

This year's menu will include:  
Roast Turkey
Bison/Venison Meatloaf

Smoked Whitefish
Wild Rice with venison gravy
Wild Rice with veggies
Three Sisters Casserole

Sunbutter Cookies
Pumpkin Cornbread
Drinks:  Sweetwater, White Pine/Wintergreen Tea, Water

*Some dishes subject to change*

Dish Bags.  The First Nations Food Taster is a dish bag event!  Dish bags consist of unbreakable AND reusable dishware that an individual brings to an event.  It consists of any item needed for a meal, including a plate, bowl, silverware, drinking container, and napkin.  Please help our environment by bringing your own (unbreakable and reusable) dishware and be entered into a raffle to win prizes. You do not need to be present to win, but you must be 18 or older.  

If you wonder what is a dish bag - follow this link What is a dish bag? 

This event is hosted by the NMU Native American Student Association with support from the following NMU departments: 

Academic Affairs/Office of the Provost

Center for Native American Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

Multicultural Education and Resource Center

School of Art and Design


Community Support comes from: 

Border Grill

Country Inn and Suites

Hannah's Garden


Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery

Midtown Bakery



Special thanks to Chris Kibit and the Hospitality Management Program, the D.J. Jacobetti Complex staff, Dr. Elda Tate, Mitch Bolo and the many volunteers. 



First Nations Food Taster Archives

See 2013 FNFT Photo Highlights.

See the 2012 FNFT Poster.  View the FNFT Program.  See all the Native American Heritage Month events here NAHM 2012 poster

2012 Food Taster Volunteer Sign-up form

Listen to the Food Taster Radio Interview on Sunny 101.9FM with Dr. Martin Reinhardt.  Learn more about the Decolonizing Diet Project by visiting the DDP Blogspot.  The recipes used at the Food Taster can be found at the group site within this link.