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Native American Cuisine with Sean Sherman

Plants are intimately linked to our cultural identities and food traditions. Plants tell us where we are, and who we are in how we use them to feed ourselves. When we migrate, we carry our culture and cuisine with us. In this virtual series, renowned chefs, culinary historians, and authors from cultures around the world discuss how plants shaped their foodways.

Join Sean Sherman of The Sioux Chef as he talks about the importance of food plants to Native American cuisine. The Native American diet varies depending on the tribe’s location. But each tribe has a deep connection to the plants that provide health and wellness to them.

Participants are invited to join the Conservatory’s free watch party 6-8pm, please select this option when registering. There will be a social hour as well as light refreshments and cash bar.


This class is part of a virtual series titled “Plants, Cuisine and Culture” created in partnership with Chicago Botanic Garden, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden, and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden.

Sean Sherman A member of the Oglala Lakota tribe, Sean Sherman is renowned nationally and internationally in the culinary movement of Indigenous foods. Sherman opened The Sioux Chef in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area in 2014 and now operates Owamni by The Sioux Chef, which won the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in June 2022. Author of The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, Sherman currently serves on the leadership committee of the James Beard Foundation Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can register for these classes?

Organized by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Chicago Botanic Garden, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, registration for these classes is open to anyone.

Do I need to register for all of the classes in the series?

No. While this is a connected series, registration is separate for each individual class. You can register for one class, all classes in the series, or any number in between. Each individual class is $12, $10 for members

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Are these classes virtual?

These are lecture-style classes that registrants will join virtually; however, the Conservatory will host a free watch party for each class for anyone who selects the option during registration. The watch party will include a social hour, light refreshments, and a cash bar. 

Please indicate if you’d like to attend the watch party when registering. Participants are still welcome to enjoy the series from their homes if they prefer.