TCEDC welcomes Loretta Barrett O’den this Thursday, October 17, for a special Food Sector Opportunity Project talk from 3:45 pm-5:00 pm in the Community Center. She will also be providing a special presentation “The Many Uses of Corn,” this Sunday, October 19 at 2 pm during TCEDC’s Fall Food Festival. 

Native American chef, Food Historian and Lecturer 

Began her passionate relationship with food as a small child at the side of her Mother, Aunt and Grandmothers near the Citizen Potawatomi Reservation in Oklahoma. From that early age, she has been conscious of the powerful connection between food & her Native American culture.

She has been featured on “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “In Food Today” and “Cooking Live” and in the New York Times, Prevention Magazine, Sunset, Veranda, Food Arts and National Geographic Traveler. She also served as a guest chef in the Robert Mondavi “Great Chefs” series and the 2006 Taste3 Celebration in Napa, and on Barbara Pool Fenzl’s public television series, “Savor the Southwest.”

Loretta has most recently, prepared menus and food for the National Congress of American Indians Conference held in Sacramento, CA.  She is currently working with the Yocha DeHe-Wintun Nation of California on several food-related projects also, with a winegrower in Temecula on a packaged food products line.

Loretta been nominated and selected as an honoree of the 2013 AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors. This is one of AARP Oklahoma’s most prestigious and visible awards, given to recognize outstanding Native American Elders who are making a powerful difference in their communities and Indian Country.