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Cache Creek Conservancy

PO Box 8249

34199 County Road 20

Woodland, California 95695

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The First Foods Dinner, a unique indigenous foods and culture dining experience, is scheduled for 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve, 34199 County Road 20, Woodland

This year’s event features ingredients such as venison and salmon prepared using traditional methods and recipes prepared by guest chefs Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino, owners of mak’-amham. They also run Café Ohlone in Berkeley, CA.

The mak’-amham chefs weave together language with traditional food to create an experience “that flows like a smoothing running creek, meaning that everything flows smoothly from each presentation to the next,” said Lydia Bojorquez, TGG committee member. Bojorquez, who has attended a Café Ohlone dinner, said, “the dining experience was amazing. The descriptions of the food—how it was gathered, prepared, and traditionally eaten—enhanced the taste of the food itself.

“I was amazed and proud of what they’ve accomplished with the meal,” said Bojorquez, who is a member of the Ohlone tribe. Having attended a similar meal at Café Ohlone, Bojorquez said that the meal was filling, and that “for us, our spirits were also fed.”

The First Foods Dinner is offered by the Tending and Gathering Garden Committee and the Cache Creek Conservancy, as part of their educational program to help bridge cultural understanding and knowledge about California’s tribes and their histories.

mak’-aham also plans on paring each course with a traditional herbal tea. Alcohol is not served at the First Foods Dinner. In addition to food, mak’-aham also will be bringing traditional Native American games for dinner guests to experience, including hand games. Hand games are a traditional Native American guessing game.

Medina is Muwekma Ohlone from the East Bay, and Trevino is Rumsen Ohlone from the Carmel Valley. Both are committed to reviving and strengthening Ohlone Indian food traditions to honor who they came from and to strengthen their community’s health through traditional cuisine. When hosting similar dinners at Café Ohlone, cost is typically $100. People have traveled from throughout the country to attend.

Thank you to Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation for their early support of this event. A nation representative will welcome mak'-amham into the traditional terriority and offer a prayer before the meal speaking the native language.

Enterprise Rancheria and River Dog Farm are providing the salmon and some of the vegetables, respectively, to the dinner as well.

Only 150 seats are available for this dinner. Tickets are $65 per person through April 12, 2019, and $75 per person thereafter. Tickets are available through this site.

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