First Nations Food Taster

First Nations Food Taster

The Native American Student Association (NASA) is hosting 
the 19th annual First Nations Food Taster.

Friday, November 8 from 5-7 p.m.
D.J. Jacobetti Complex Commons
                                      Northern Michigan University   


Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance. To purchase tickets in advance, please visit the listed locations before 3:00 pm Friday, November 9:

Center for Native American Studies at 112 Whitman Hall (NMU Campus)

Multicultural Education & Resource Center at 1001 Hedgcock (NMU Campus)

Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 501 Cohodas Hall (NMU Campus)


Ticket prices:

NMU student w/ID, Elder, Veteran, or Children ages 5-10: $5 in advance, $7 at the door
General admission: $10 in advance, $12 at the door


Fall 2019 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 have 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, participants 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.
  • NASA has determined that they will not serve frybread. See the Anti-frybread Poster. For a better understanding on why NASA decided this, please read the Anti-frybread Verbage pages. 
  • You may also be interested in learning some Anishinaabemowin related to this event - find a Food taster language sheet here.


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 (who completes a full shift) will receive one free meal voucher to eat at the First Nations Food Taster.     

To volunteer - Please sign up through this link:


The menu consists of traditional and contemporary Native American dishes.

This year's menu will include - 

Main Dish:
Bison Stew with Cranberries
Turkey roast
Pecan Whitefish
Squash Bisque

Side Dish:
Potato-Corn-Jalapeno Soup
Three Sisters casserole
DDP Pumpkin Corn Bread
Minty Wild Rice Salad (no pecans)
Wild Rice (plain)

Sun Butter Cookies
Maple Roasted Pecans
Crabapple/Apple crisp

Cedar Tea

*Some dishes subject to change*


What is a dish bag? 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.  


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


Community Support comes from: 

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




First Nations Food Taster Archives

See 2017 FNFT Photo Highlights.

See 2016 FNFT Photo Highlights.

See 2014 FNFT Photo Highlights.

See 2013 FNFT Photo Highlights.

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

See 2011 Photo Highlights.

See 2010 Photo Highlights.

See 2009 Photo Highlights.