Indigenous Food and Wild Rice Advocates From Minnesota Tap the French Market
June 2, 2017
Notable Native chefs and American Indian Movement representatives traveled to Tours, France, earlier this month to promote indigenous foods from Minnesota. Among them were The Sioux Chef Sean Sherman and his Chef de Cuisine Brian Yazzie. Several proponents of White Earth Real Wild Rice also traveled overseas with the Minnesota coalition for La Foire de Tours, one of the largest culinary and arts festivals in France. The May 4-10 event drew more than 30,000 attendees, who sampled their wild rice, walleye and buffalo from various Minnesota-based tribes.
White Earth Real Wild Rice grows and harvests the only “naturally organic wild rice in the world.” White Earth Tribal officials hope to appeal to the discerning France palate and capture a substantial export market. “The French are bonkers about the best foods. I knew White Earth wild rice would have a future in France,” Diane Gorney, a board member of the American Indian Movement Interpretive Center (AIM IC) in Minneapolis, told the StarTribune.