Cooking Up Culture

Fall 2021 Webinars

Cooking Up Culture with Chef Kim Tilsen-Brave Heart, Chef/Owner, Chef Brave Heart - Modern Indigenous

Wednesday, November 17,  11:45 am - 1:00 pm

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Join us for our next Cooking Up Culture webinar as Chef Kim Tilsen-Brave Heart (Oglala Lakota) demonstrates how to prepare Bison Meatballs and Wojapi sauce.

Featured Chef:
Kimberly Tilsen-Brave Heart; An enrolled citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, a small businesswoman entrepreneur; Executive Chef & Owner of Chef Brave Heart, Modern Indigenous an upscale private dining room and artisan catering company, located in the heart of Downtown Rapid City.  Kimberly is a 6th generation entrepreneur proud to be a part of the Tanka Bar family.  She is an entrepreneurship and economic development specialist, helping to assist in the launch of over 187 small businesses throughout the country.  

Kimberly has been featured in Condé Nast Traveler, Departures Magazine, FODORS, New York Times and numerous other publications. She was also featured on Good Morning America as thing to experience when you come to South Dakota.

Kimberly is an official TEDx Talk presenter, She was awarded the Enterprising Friend of Small Business Award for the SD CEO Women’s Business Center in 2019, She was awarded the prestigious National Award from the National Center 40 under 40 that recognizes 40 emerging Native American leaders who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and made significant contributions in business. Kimberly was also awarded the Sustainability award by the City of Rapid City for their commitment to creating a sustainably green business. She was selected as regional OTA Trailblazer fellow Highlighting the innovators of our region. She is as a prestigious participant of the Bush Foundation's Native Nation Rebuilders Fellowship Program.  Kimberly was honored with the selection as the Native American Instructor of the SBA e200 Executive Management Training for the state of South Dakota.  She is the co-founder of the South Dakota Indian Business Alliance, the award she holds closest to her heart is the Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year Award from her home reservation

Urban Roots Cook Fresh (Cooking Up Culture with guest Chef Saba Andualem)

Monday, November 22, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

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Urban Roots

Urban Roots is a youth hiring program on the east side of St Paul where high schoolers are paid to participate in 1 of 3 programs. Market Garden, Cook Fresh, and Conservation. This Cooking up culture webinar will be hosted by the Cook Fresh program which is a seed to plate model program. Cook Fresh develops cultural and nutritious recipes with chefs across the Twin-Cities. They also focus on food literacy, kitchen safety and sanitation, and offer cooking classes to the greater community. Our chosen recipe is going to be a Cook Fresh rendition on a classic Chicken and Rice meal. We will utilize veggies grown from our farm for the recipe as well as get into all the different ways we've had this dish in our homes. Saba is the Cook Fresh program manager who will be leading the class, she loves cooking, and always trying new dishes.

Other Upcoming Cooking For Wellness Webinars

Fall Comfort Food - Polenta, Beans & Produce

Thursday, November 11, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm 

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Hearty Fall Greens, Root Vegetables, & More!

Tuesday, December 7, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm  

Tired of kale? Learn to use these other hearty greens - Swiss chard, collard greens, spinach - to make mouth-watering nourishing dishes.

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In response to the COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, we've temporarily suspended our popular Cooking for Wellness in-person classes.

  • HFHL partners with the University of Minnesota Wellbeing Program to provide the Cooking for Wellness Webinars.
  • UPlan employees and UPlan covered spouses are eligible to receive 250 Wellbeing points for each webinar attended
  • ALL are welcome - Bring your friends, family, colleagues & co-workers - No need to have a University of MN affiliation!
  • Cost: $10/webinar
  • Location: All webinars are LIVE interactive cooking demonstrations. Zoom links will be provided in advance of the webinar.


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