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ALBUQUERQUE The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association debuts its first Culinary Cultural Trends session at the 15th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, September 22 - 26.
The American Indian Tourism Conference Host Cherokee Nation and Executive Chef Don McClellan will welcome the American Indian Tourism Conference participants at the Tribal Welcome Ceremony and Host Reception on Monday, September 23.
“The Cherokee Nation is honored to host this unique inter-tribal gathering at the Hard Rock, our flagship enterprise,”
said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker.
"At Cherokee Nation Entertainment and Cultural Tourism, we put serious thought into what a fulfilling experience for our guests looks like, and that includes special attention to foods, menus, design and ambiance. Whether it is traditional food of the Cherokee people, a fine dining experience, or just good fun, we strategically prepare for what audiences need."
Duane Blue Spruce, Facilities Planning Coordinator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Currently based at the Museum's George Gustav Heye Center in New York City. Duane is Laguna and San Juan Pueblo heritage.
Don McClellan, Executive Chef at Cherokee Nation Entertainment. Currently oversees food service venues at six casinos and contributes to staff development at two other casinos within the company. Don is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.
Travis Suazo, Executive Director of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, which owns the Pueblo Harvest Cafe. Travis is Acoma, Laguna and Taos Pueblo heritage.
There are more than 566 Federally recognized American Indian tribes in the United States; each with its unique foods and culinary traditions. From farming, gathering, food preparation, restaurants and food service; we are seeing a movement in the Native foods industry. At the session, panelists will share information, resources and ideas for marketing and using Native foods to build tribal tourism. Each panelist will share the history of their restaurants and the choices they have made in culinary presentations, giving participants ideas on how to use Native foods to bring in tourism dollars.
The annual American Indian Tourism Conference strives to provide attendees with a quality educational forum to help you with your travel and tourism initiatives. Other sessions this year include tour packaging, attracting tour operators, creating itineraries, positioning your tribe for the international tour market, protecting intellectual and cultural property, working with state and federal agencies, and more.
posted September 9, 2013 6:50 am edt