Indigenous Foods Cook-off at NMU

MARQUETTE – An Indigenous Foods Cook-Off will be held at 6 p.m. March 16 at Northern Michigan University’s Jacobetti Complex. Teams will prepare an entree, side dish and dessert from a mystery basket of Indigenous food ingredients. Participants in the Decolonizing Diet Project – a year-long study of the relationship between humans and foods of the Great Lakes Region – will team up with staff, students and community members for the competition.

Food preparation will begin at 1 p.m. in the Jacobetti Complex kitchen. Dinner will be served in Chez Nous restaurant. Guest judges will include chefs Mark Bzdok and Chris Kibit, along with retired NMU professor Mohey Mowafy. The judging criteria will include points for taste, presentation and creativity. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: audience choice and judges’ choice.

Limited audience dinner seating is available; call 906-227-1397. Tickets, advance only, cost $10 and may be purchased at the Center for Native American Studies in Whitman Hall. Audience members should arrive by 5:30 p.m.

For more information, call Martin Reinhardt at 227-1397 or email