Cooking Up Culture

Guest Chef - Amalia Moreno-Damgaard

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 4:45pm - 6:00 pm 

Amalia Moreno-Damgaard

Learn to prepare scrumptious Mayan stew bowls with traditional pairings inspired by Chef Moreno-Damgaard's Guatemalan culture and customs. During this webinar, Amalia will share about the cultural culinary patrimony of Guatemala, personal anecdotes of traveling and cooking with indigenous cooks, and techniques and tips for preparing scrumptious stew bowls along with traditional pairings.

Amalia Moreno-Damgaard is a chef entrepreneur, graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, born and raised in Guatemala City, and nine-time award-winning author of Amalia’s Guatemalan Kitchen-Gourmet Cuisine with a Cultural Flair with a prior corporate career. This year she will publish her second book. Through Amalia’s WBENC nationally-certified woman-owned business enterprise, she helps organizations of all sizes bridge the gap and develop a broader understanding and appreciation of Latin cultural nuances using traditional, healthy gourmet cuisine as a platform for consulting and representing brands as a spokeswoman. Amalia’s passion for food, culture, and travel has taken her to cook in kitchens in all 7 continents which contribute to further enriching her culinary experiences and presentations. Amalia was recently recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Women Venture, and the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal with the Woman in Business Champion of the Year Award, the Catalyst Award, and Woman in Business Honoree, respectively. She appears regularly on Twin Cities Live and other media. Learn more:

Guest Chef - Jamal Hashi

Monday, April 19, 2021 - 4:45pm - 6:00 pm

Jamal Hashi

Learn how to prepare a delicious meal inspired and influenced by Chef Hashi's Somali cultural traditions.

Chef Jamal Hashi has been involved in the creation of several large-scale and well-received projects such as Safari Express in Minneapolis, Safari Restaurant and Event Center in Minneapolis, and Safari Restaurant of Harlem. Safari Restaurant and Event Center in Minneapolis continues to serve as the community hub for Somalis and other East African communities residing in Minnesota and continues to host various events (i.e political meeting, political debates, weddings, and more). Safari Restaurant of Harlem is the first Somali restaurant in New York City and was named the Best African Restaurant by New York Times and the Village Voice in 2015. Safari Express prides itself as the first African "Fast Casual" in the US.

Chef Hashi has been featured in various news outlets and articles such as CNN International, The Village Voice, New York Times, National Public Radio, Serious Eats, TPT Originals - Relish, and many others.

Guest Chef - Mimi Selam - Easy Ethiopian/Eritrean Cooking Class with Mimi

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 11:45am - 1:00 pm

Mimi Selam

Learn how to prepare Misir Wot and Chicken Tibs inspired and influenced by Chef Selam's cultural traditions.

Ethiopian food is light, healthy, and flavorful, ranging from mild to a little spicy and from meaty to vegetarian-friendly. It can be addictive both in cooking it as much as eating it. Discover new cooking techniques, exotic spices, and ways to easily pair them with your daily ingredients like beans, lentils, and vegetables, and meat sautéed with flavored butter, ghee, and different healthy oils.

Mimi is very passionate about cooking in general and Ethiopian/Eritrean cuisine in particular. She finds cooking very relaxing and curative beyond its culinary advantages. She enjoys sharing her cooking skills which includes years of teaching through Community Ed programs, The Good Acre, Mall of America Cooking Classes in the Twin Cities, and now nationwide & globally.

Guest Chefs - Fatiah and El Ali - Naughty Buddha Burger Bar, Omaha NE

Monday, May 17, 2021 - 11:45am - 1:00 pm

Register here

Fatiah and El Ali

Learn how to prepare Fresh Plant-Based comfort food inspired and influenced our chef's Portuguese & Caribbean cultural traditions.

We are Chef El and Fatiah. Our passion for food, living a healthy zen lifestyle is what we do everyday. We bring our world travels and our cultural backgrounds into the food we create. We have won many awards for our flavorful, simple cuisine, and all those things mean so much to us. The smile we get to put on your face and in your belly means even more. We cannot wait to create a few, fun flavorful meals with you.




For questions or more information on these webinars, contact Robin Schow, Education Program Director of the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute, [email protected] / 612-626-6425