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Native 2: The Ancestral Technique of Clay Baking

  • Institute of American Indian Arts 83 Avan Nu Po Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87508 (map)

This hands-on class focuses on an ancestral Native American cooking technique of wrapping food in clay and baking it. This was the first early oven method of putting the clay into fire and cooking the food until the clay dried, and then breaking it open creating many shards of clay. For this class students will learn how to use this technique in a modern kitchen and bake the cornhusk wrapped trout and cook it in modern over. This menu features Ruby River trout wrapped in corn husks with herbs and baked in clay, which is served  with a pumpkin seeds and Guajillo chile sauce along with a hand harvested Ojibwe wild rice saute and calabacitas (Sauteed summer squash). and a pumpkin pinon spice cake with homemade canela whipped cream for dessert.

Instructors: Chef Lois Ellen Frank & Chef Walter Whitewater

Location: IAIA Hogan Kitchen

$135 per person, Lunch included

Register online at or call 505.424.2308