Dining With Denise Neil

Wichita food event celebrates authentic Native American fare

Native American dishes will be served at next week’s Share Our Food event.
Native American dishes will be served at next week’s Share Our Food event. Courtesy photo

Traditional Native American food will be served at a dinner at the Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. The event, called Share Our Food, is in its third year and offers a meal of traditional dishes from different parts of the country, including a Northern-style corn soup, an Ojibwa creamy potato and wild rice soup, a Southern hominy stew, a fried pudding known as Lakota Wojapi, fried bread and more.

Half of the dishes will be vegetarian, said organizer Crystal Bachicha, but this year, the organizers received a donation of bison meat from Native American Enterprises, so half the dishes will include it. Smoky Hill Winery also will pour samples of Kansas-made wines. Media personalities Barbara Baan and Jack Oliver will emcee the event along with Catrina Red Willow of the Oglala Sioux tribe, who will provide more information about the dishes.

Tickets are $35 in advance, $50 at the door (if any are left). Tickets are available online at theindiancenter.org.

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