First Nations Food Taster

First Nations Food Taster

The Native American Student Association (NASA) is hosting
the 17th annual First Nations Food Taster.

Friday, November 10 from 5-7 p.m.
D.J. Jacobetti Complex Commons
Northern Michigan University


Tickets can be purchased at the door. Sorry, no advanced tickets.


$7     At the Door NMU student w/ID, Elder, Veteran, or Children ages 5-10
$15   At the Door General Admission


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. 

Anishinaabemowin - Food taster language




The First Nations Food Taster would not be possible without the support of many community organizations. Local businesses provide gift certificates and we hope that many people will bring dish bags to not only help our environment, but to also be eligible for prizes.  Learn more about dish bags below.  
Dr. Elda Tate playing Native flute music at past events.   
We will feature recipes from the Decolonizing Diet Project (DDP), as well as some contemporary dishes.  


Fall 2017 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.


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 FNFT 2017 Volunteer Form and return to 112 Whitman Hall.


The menu consists of traditional and contemporary Native American dishes.

This year's menu will include:  
Roast Turkey
Bison Stew
Venison stew

Smoked Fish
Turkey Stir Fry
Minty Wild Rice Salad
Wild Rice
Three Sisters Casserole
Green Beans

Sweet potato chunks

Sunbutter Cookies
Pumpkin Cornbread
Maple Roasted Pecans
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.  

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

School of Art and Design

DeVos Art Museum

Military Science


Community Support comes from: 

AmericInn Lodge and Suites, BSB Farm, Herb and Patricia Banks, Brown's Store, Burger King, Cedar Tree Institute, Classic Auto Collision, Domino's, Doncker's, Econo Foods, Family Fare Supermarket, Jean Kay's Pasties, Jilbert's Dairy, Get's Clothier, Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery, Larry's Family Foods, Marquette Food Co-op, Marquette Maple Company, McDonald's, NMU Bookstore, Ojibwa Casinos, Rare Earth Goods, Reh-Morr Farms, Rice Paddy, Rodney's Pizzeria, Shady Grove Farm, Spice Merchants, SuperOne Foods, Swadley Development LLC, Thill's Fish House, Up North Lodge, Wendy's,

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 2016 FNFT Photo Highlights.

See 2014 FNFT Photo Highlights.

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

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.