If you are an elder or know of any elders interested in being added to the elder meals list please contact Waska at (612) 879-1700 or email her at wmcmaster@maicnet.org
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Gatherings Cafe

We are a community-embraced café that encourages living healthy, eating healthy and education through ancestral knowledge. Gatherings Café serves fresh, locally grown foods that are Indigenous and prepared in healthy ways. We are in the heart of the urban Native American community where people gather to catch up with friends and family. We are a place that brings about tradition, culture and fabulous food.

Our goal is to educate the community and promote decolonized diets to improve the health of the Native population that has been severely impacted by colonization and the resulting historical trauma and have led to epidemics of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other diet-related health problems.

Gatherings Cafe

Join us in welcoming our new Executive Chef to the cafe! Brian Yazzie aka Yazzie the Chef (Diné/Navajo) is from Dennehotso, Arizona and based out of Saint Paul, MN. Yazzie has a degree of Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Culinary Arts from Saint Paul College 2016. He is a summer resident chef at Dream of Wild Health farm, a delegate of Slow Food Turtle Island Association, and a team member at I-Collective: a collective of cooks, chefs, seed keepers, farmers, foragers, and scholars, focused on bringing awareness to the cultural appropriations of indigenous foods of the Americas.

Yazzie’s mission is specifically working with and for the betterment of tribal communities, wellness and health through Indigenous foods. He travels internationally and is available for catering, private dinners, pop up dinners, chef demos & cooking classes, collaborations, and presentations on indigenous food sovereignty.

Brian Yazzie – Dine/Navajo
Executive Chef
(612) 879-1753
gatheringscafe@maicnet.org

Vanessa Casillas
Cafe Business Manager/Internship Coordinator
Main Line: (612) 879-1780  
vcasillas@maicnet.org

Linus YellowHorse
Cafe Assistant

Hunter Roberts
Cafe Assistant

After elder feeding programs were shut down due to COVID-19, Yazzie The Chef teamed up with local Native volunteers and the staff of the Gatherings Cafe at the Minneapolis American Indian Center to create #FeedingOurElders. This initiative provides healthy lunches five days a week for the Indigenous elders in the Twin Cities Area. It also offers the opportunity for volunteers to work with Indigenous ingredients, and their goal is to implement at least 50% Indigenous ingredients.⁠

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