The Westmoreland Presents Two Events, A Dinner and A Talk, with ‘Sioux Chef’ Author/Chef Sean Sherman

GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania (April 26, 2019) – The Westmoreland Museum of American Art is hosting two events on May 31 and June 1 with internationally renowned culinary leader Chef Sean Sherman, founder of the company “The Sioux Chef” and author of the “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen.”

Chef Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota, born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, has been cooking across the US and Mexico for more than 30 years, and has become renowned nationally and internationally in the culinary movement of indigenous foods. His main focus has been on the revitalization and evolution of indigenous foods systems throughout North America.

In 2014, he opened the business titled ‘The Sioux Chef’ as a caterer and food educator in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area. Together with his wife and business partner, Dana Thompson, they designed and opened the Tatanka Truck, which featured pre-contact foods of the Dakota and Minnesota territories.

Sherman’s first book “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” was awarded the James Beard medal for Best American Cookbook for 2018 and was chosen one of the top ten cookbooks of 2017 by the LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle as well as the Smithsonian Magazine.

The Westmoreland is hosting “Dinner with Chef Sean: Reclaiming American Food” on June 1 at the museum. The dinner will be from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and be accompanied by a presentation from Sherman who will discuss Native American farming techniques, wild food usage and harvesting, cooking techniques and native cultural history.Chef Sean created a special four course menu for the event:

1: Pine + White Bean – Cedar Stewed Turkey – Squash Broth – Dried Ramps

2: Cranberry Stuffed Quail – Wild Rice Cake – Fiddle Heads – Wild Mustard Puree

3: Smoked Lake Trout – Roasted Sunchoke – Nixtamalized Corn Cake – Paw Paw Sauce – Corn Shoots

4: Sunflower Tart – Smoked Berries – Parched Corn + Maple Brittle

Tickets for the dinner are $50.00 for members of the museum and $60.00 for nonmembers and a cash bar. Seats can be purchased at showclix.com/event/dinner-with-chef-sean-sherman

The Westmoreland, in partnership with the August Wilson Cultural Center, is also presenting a talk, “The (R)evolution of Indigenous Food of North America” with Sean Sherman on May 31, at the August Wilson Cultural Center. Tickets for this talk are $30 for members and $38.75 for nonmembers, and can be purchased at showclix.com/event/the-revolution-of-indigenous-food-systems

These culinary experiences with Chef Sean Sherman are part of the current collection of programming centered around the featured exhibitions, “The Outsiders Gaze” and “Mingled Visions: The Photographs of Edward S. Curtis and Will Wilson,” which explores the role of artists in creating and reinforcing stereotypes of Native Americans and serves as a way to highlight Native American cultures today.

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*Please note that we realize it’s confusing, people often call Sean the Sioux Chef, but actually it was never intended to be a moniker for himself. It’s just the name of the company, so if you are writing or speaking promotion, please refer to him as Chef Sean Sherman, founder of the company The Sioux Chef. Thank you!

About The Westmoreland Museum of American Art
Offering a place to share compelling and meaningful cultural experiences that open the door to new ideas, perspectives and possibilities, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, is the only museum dedicated to American art in western Pennsylvania. The Westmoreland’s extraordinary permanent collection, with its strong focus on the art and artists of Southwestern Pennsylvania, is complemented by an impressive schedule of temporary exhibitions— both nationally traveling and those organized in house—as well as community-oriented programming and special events. More information is available at thewestmoreland.org and on the Museum’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles.

Support for this program is provided by Art Bridges.

The Outsider’s Gaze is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Philadelphia Museum of Art as part of the Art Bridges + Terra Foundation initiative.

Support for both exhibitions has been provided by the Hillman Exhibition Fund of The Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

This project was completed in partnership with the Rivers of Steel Heritage Area. Funding was provided in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, Environmental Stewardship Fund, administered by the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corp.

The Westmoreland receives funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the Marketing to Attract Tourism Grant through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, among other funding from government, foundations, corporations and individuals.