Cooking Up History: Resilient Culinary Traditions within the
Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma with Chef Nico Albert

Cooking Up History: La Vida Verde L.A. with Chef Jocelyn Ramirez

Cooking Up History: Living Lively: Youth Empowerment
through Food with Chef Haile Thomas

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Cooking Up History: Resilient Culinary Traditions within
the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma with Chef Nico Albert
How do you decolonize your diet to honor traditional foodways? Join Chef Nico Albert to learn about her efforts to revitalize indigenous cuisine and connect even more deeply to her community in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma through indigenous ingredients and traditional foods.
Cooking Up History: La Vida Verde L.A. with Chef Jocelyn Ramirez
How can we be more conscious of where our food comes from and the people who grow it? Chef Jocelyn Ramirez will share how Latinx communities in Los Angeles are reimagining the food system through a plant-based diet that draws upon traditional Mexican food cultures.
Cooking Up History: Living Lively: Youth Empowerment
through Food with Chef Haile Thomas
How do we live healthier and more compassionate lives through food? Join integrative nutritionist Haile Thomas to learn about how we work toward our best selves by fueling our bodies, the vessels that support us every day.

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Chef Nico Albert
Chef, Caterer, and Student of Traditional
Indigenous Cuisines

Introduction by Danielle Hodes, Senior Program Manager at the National Museum of American History

Chef Jocelyn Ramirez
Chef and Founder,
Todo Verde

Moderated by Lisa Marquez, Foodways Researcher

Chef Haile Thomas
Wellness + Compassion Activist, Speaker, Author,
CEO The HAPPY Org

Introduction by Dr. Ashley Rose Young, Historian of the American Food History Project

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Chef Nico Albert

Chef, Caterer, and Student of Traditional Indigenous Cuisines

Chef Nico Albert (Cherokee Nation) is a self-taught chef, caterer, and student of traditional indigenous cuisines based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She began her culinary education at a very young age, growing up in California and Arizona. Her fondest memories began in her mother’s garden and in the kitchen preparing meals, and culminated around the family dinner table. Her journey of reconnection with traditional Cherokee foodways and the wild and cultivated ingredients involved in their preparation has grown to encompass the cuisines of tribes from all regions of North America. Albert’s efforts to expand her knowledge of ingredients and techniques continue through research and collaboration with Indigenous chefs and traditionalists from many Nations. As the founder and owner of the catering and consulting company Burning Cedar Indigenous Foods, Albert provides healthy, traditionally inspired catering options and educational events, promotes healing and wellness in the Native American community, and advocates for the ongoing revitalization of indigenous cuisine. Albert’s work has been featured regionally and nationally by Atlas Obscura, PBS, Gilcrease Museum, Philbrook Museum, BBC’s Hairy Bikers, and Food Network, among others.

Chef Jocelyn Ramirez

Chef and Founder, Todo Verde

Todo Verde founder Jocelyn Ramirez is a plant-based chef, college professor, yoga instructor, and advocate for healthy food access in her community. Ramirez founded Todo Verde in 2015 with a mission to create delicious and healthy plant-based food inspired by her Mexican and South American roots for the Eastside community. As she continues to learn about the health benefits of nutrient-dense food and healthy ecosystems, she offers knowledge on healthy living with the community through workshops, dialogues, and food demonstrations. Her work has been featured in several press outlets including Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Vice, Spotify, Buzzfeed, Smithsonian, Bon Appétit, and more. Wanting to share her expertise in delicious plant-based Mexican food, Ramirez published her first cookbook, La Vida Verde: Plant-Based Mexican Cooking with Authentic Flavor, in 2020. In 2017, Ramirez co-founded Across Our Kitchen Tables, an organization focused on uplifting women of color in the food industry that hosts skillshares and an annual symposium. She currently sits on the Culinary Advisory Board for Food Forward and the Leadership Board for the Los Angeles Food Policy Council.

Chef Haile Thomas

Wellness + Compassion Activist, Speaker, Author, CEO of The HAPPY Org

Haile Thomas is 19 years old, an international speaker, wellness and compassion activist, author of the newly released empowerment cookbook Living Lively, the youngest to graduate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and the founder/CEO of the nonprofit HAPPY(Healthy, Active, Positive, Purposeful, Youth). Thomas founded HAPPY when she was 12 years old to redefine youth empowerment through holistic education and address the need for peer-to-peer free/affordable plant-based nutrition and wellness education in underserved/at-risk communities. Thomas has personally engaged over 80,000 people around the world since 2010 and has spoken at events like SXSW, WeDay UN at the Barclays Center, and GITEX Future Stars in Dubai. Thomas has worked with brands like Williams-Sonoma, Nike, Bank of America, Vitamix, United Airlines, and Audible. She’s been featured by BuzzFeed, MTV, CNN, the Today show, O Magazine, and Teen Vogue.