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Nephi Craig - Native Foods as Culinary Medicine

Community and Healing

Native Foods as Culinary Medicine


This event was on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 10:00AM (PST)

Join Chef Nephi Craig for a presentation and discussion about native foods, their history, culinary use, and importance for healing and recovery. He will explain how a connection to food, cooking and the land can help create important avenues for healing and recovery as well as cultural self-determination and food sovereignty.

About Nephi Craig

Chef Nephi Craig has 19 years culinary experience in America and around the world. Chef Craig worked at The Country Club at DC Ranch and Mary Elaine’s at the Phoenician, among many other renowned restaurants and hotels. Nephi Craig is an enrolled member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and is half Navajo.

Chef Craig is also the founder of the Native American Culinary Association or NACA, an organization/network that is dedicated to the research, refinement, and development of Native American Cuisine. NACA Chef and Founder Nephi Craig provides training, workshops and lecture sessions on Native American Cuisine to schools, restaurants and tribal entities from across America and abroad. An early highlight of his work with NACA is when Nephi was able to help prepare a Native American themed menu for the renowned James Beard Foundation at the James Beard House in New York City. This was Craig’s second James Beard Dinner in two years.

Nephi Craig is currently the Executive Chef & Indigenous Foods/Nutritional Recovery Program Coordinator at the Rainbow Treatment Center on the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Arizona.

Photograph credit Evan Sung.