The Sioux Chef Indigenous Foods Retreat – July 17-21st, 2016

Indigenous Foods Retreat 2016 PosterChef Sean Sherman, of the company The Sioux Chef, is coming back to Coteau des Prairies Lodge this summer to introduce a unique, 3-day/4-night culinary experience! The Sioux Chef Indigenous Foods Retreat will be here July 17-21st, 2016. If you are passionate about cooking and are curious about indigenous foods, clean eating, foraging and Native American culinary history…you don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind event!

The prairie is a veritable cornucopia of berries, seeds, roots, herbs, vegetables, fruits and mushrooms. How did generations of Native Americans thrive on the prairie before the introduction of dairy, sugar, flour and other processed foods? How can we incorporate some of these incredible super foods into our diet today? How can we turn the venison, duck and walleye in our freezers into nutritious and delicious home cooked meals?

At The Sioux Chef Indigenous Foods Retreat you will learn:

  • cultural and historical significance of indigenous foods
  • safe and responsible foraging/harvesting skills
  • culinary knife technique
  • how to cook with indigenous foods
  • health benefits of including indigenous foods in your diet
  • much more!

You will have plenty of time with Sean over the course of 3 days of classroom, field and kitchen training and 4 nights at the lodge. Become immersed in the subject matter as each meal during the retreat will feature indigenous foods. A lot of free time is built into the schedule for you to relax, enjoy the lodge accommodations and take in the natural beauty of the native prairie surrounding the lodge.

You will even have the rare opportunity to work along side Sean as kitchen and/or front house staff as he preps and executes a multiple course indigenous foods dinner for up to 80 guests at Coteau des Prairies Lodge on July 20th, 2016. If you would rather experience the dinner as a dining guest, you will have the option to purchase a dinner ticket before they go on sale to the public.

Included with your registration fee is a 4-night stay at Coteau des Prairies Lodge, admission to the Sioux Chef Indigenous Foods Retreat class (including the opportunity to join The Sioux Chef staff at a public dining event on July 20th), all meals and special gifts from The Sioux Chef and Coteau des Prairies Lodge. With your registration, you also have first option to purchase reservations for the July 20th Sioux Chef Indigenous Foods dinner if you prefer to dine instead of being a part of The Sioux Chef staff.



The price is $799 (plus $33.92 online registration fee). Price is per person for a shared room. For a single room, add $250.

Register HERE on Eventbrite.

If you have questions about the registration process, please email Phillip Breker at

There are limited spots available. Priority given to paid registrants. Partial refunds for cancellation available until June 1st, no refunds available thereafter.

About Chef Sean Sherman – Owner/CEO, The Sioux Chef

150117_SeanSiouxChef_HeidiEhaltCredit_webChef Sean Sherman, Oglala Lakota, born in Pine Ridge, SD, has been cooking in MN, SD & MT for the last 27 years. In the last few years, his main culinary focus has been on the revitalizing indigenous foods systems in a modern culinary context. Sean has studied on his own extensively to determine the foundations of these food systems which include the knowledge of Native American farming techniques, wild food usage and harvesting, land stewardship, salt and sugar making, hunting and fishing, food preservation, Native American migrational histories, elemental cooking techniques, and Native culture and history in general to gain a full understanding of bringing back a sense of Native American cuisine to today’s world. In 2014, he opened the business titled, The Sioux Chef as a caterer and food educator to the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area. In 2015 in partnership with the Little Earth Community of United Tribes in Minneapolis, he and his business partner Dana Thompson designed and opened the Tatanka Truck, which features pre-contact foods of the Dakota and Minnesota territories. Chef Sean and his vision of modern indigenous foods have been featured in many articles and radio shows, along with dinners at the James Beard Foundation in Milan and also Slow Foods Indigenous Terra Madre in India. The Sioux Chef team continues with their mission statement to help educate and make indigenous foods more accessible to as many communities as possible.

About Coteau des Prairies Lodge – Near Rutland, ND

Coteau des Prairies Lodge

Coteau des Prairies Lodge is truly a one-of-a-kind getaway experience. Perched on the northernmost ridge of the Coteau des Prairies, where the breathtaking view is second to none, prairie farms and fields unfold from below like a patchwork quilt. You will find yourself at home at our rustic, yet refined lodge, constructed with native North Dakota pine. With custom log and steel architecture, you will be awed at every turn, from our magnificent great room to our signature lookout. In the pasture surrounding the lodge, where our cattle graze, you will find a new kind of relaxing getaway. Created and operated by a farming family, the lodge atmosphere embodies the legacy of the multi-generational farms from our area.

Each guest room features two full size beds and a private bathroom. Free WiFi is available at the Lodge. The lodge will provide water and coffee. Soda and alcoholic beverages will be available for sale at the lodge bar

Schedule (subject to change)


8 PM – Check in
Evening – Meet and greet


8 AM – Breakfast by CDP Lodge
9-11 AM – History of Indigenous food systems, modern Indigenous cuisine
Noon – Lunch by CDP Lodge
1-4 PM – Foraging tour by car with stops (possible berries, cattails, amaranth, nettle, sumac, water lily, etc…)
6 PM – Dinner by CDP Lodge


8 AM – Breakfast by CDP Lodge
9-11 AM – Indigenous cooking technique including prepping lunch
Noon – Lunch family style by Sioux Chef team
2-6 PM – Foraging/Gathering/Prepping wild foods
6 PM – Dinner family style by Sioux Chef team


8 AM – Breakfast and Noon Lunch by CDP Lodge
Prep for dining event and either observe dinner or buy ticket to enjoy


8 AM – Breakfast
11 AM – Check out

Register HERE on Eventbrite.

Click HERE to see photos from Chef Sean’s visit to Coteau des Prairies Lodge last summer.