Pueblo Food Experience

Sunday, September 24, 10:30 am - noon

The Volunteer Center of Grant County

Native Food Brunch with Roxanne Swentzell, artist and author of  

The Pueblo Food Experience


What did people eat before breakfast cereal, peanut butter and jelly, pizza? A surprising variety of delicious and nutritious foods, as it turns out. The Southwest has many species of native currants, berries, and nuts, beans that can be cooked or ground into flours, amaranth, mesquite, grasses, and a whole suite of healthy greens. Native Americans in the Southwest relied on the “three sisters”: corn, beans, and squash.

This brunch, featuring native and locally grown foods, will gently introduce you to some new foods, such as mesquite, but not take you too far out of your food comfort zone.

The brunch speaker is artist, sculptor, and author Roxanne Swentzell. At her home in Santa Clara Pueblo, she and others lived the “Pueblo Food Experience” for three months, eating exclusively the foods of their ancestors. Swentzell will speak about the results of this experience, the need to grow and consume foods that are native or adapted to the arid Southwest, and to respect water by not wasting it on thirsty and inappropriate crops.

Photo: The Volunteer Center

Photo: The Volunteer Center