Mitsitam Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian

Mitsitam Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian "Mitsitam" means "Let's Eat!" in the Native language of the Delaware and Piscataway peoples.
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Please come to the museum's Living Earth program featuring Chef Sean Sherman and Mitsitam's Chef Freddie Bitsoie on Sund...
04/09/2019
Native American Chef Wins Prestigious Food Award

Please come to the museum's Living Earth program featuring Chef Sean Sherman and Mitsitam's Chef Freddie Bitsoie on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3 p.m.

They will discuss the importance of bringing indigenous foods and ingredients back to the dinner table. Followed by a book signing of Sherman’s 2018 James Beard Award-winning book, The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen.

A Native American chef has been awarded one of the food industry's highest honors for his efforts in revitalizing traditional indigenous food systems in North America. On Tuesday, the James Beard

Top of Mind
04/07/2019

Top of Mind

A holiday feast with a focus on indigenous ingredients and cooking methods is on the menu Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian today. Chef Freddie J. Bitsoie talked with us about the Navajo dish he craves and the significance of the #ThreeSistersSalad on the menu for Mitsitam Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian's annual #Thanksgiving meal.
https://www.byuradio.org/episode/e578f330-50b1-4856-a7fa-26d5ac722ea8/top-of-mind-with-julie-rose-native-american-thanksgiving-doctor-burnout-rwanda-heroes?playhead=60&autoplay=true

See our recent write up in Atlas Obscura!
03/28/2019
Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe

See our recent write up in Atlas Obscura!

A museum cafe showcases Native American dishes and indigenous ingredients from across the Western Hemisphere.

Chefs raise awareness and funds for Native higher education | The Circle News
03/05/2019
Chefs raise awareness and funds for Native higher education | The Circle News

Chefs raise awareness and funds for Native higher education | The Circle News

Cover StoryNewsChefs raise awareness and funds for Native higher education By catwhipple - March 4, 2019 0 205 views Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Professional chefs participating in culinary event with President Cheryl Crazy Bull (center) and Minnesota Vikings’ player Kevin McDermott (third ...

CevicheVersions of ceviche, or cebiche, are found all along the Pacific Coast from Mexico to Chile, but the technique of...
03/05/2019

Ceviche

Versions of ceviche, or cebiche, are found all along the Pacific Coast from Mexico to Chile, but the technique of "cooking" raw fish or shellfish in acidic fruit juice originated in Peru and Ecuador.

Photo by (c) Renee Comet, Restaurant Associates and Smithsonian Institution.

Buffalo are the backbone of Lakota food sovereignty
12/27/2018
Buffalo are the backbone of Lakota food sovereignty

Buffalo are the backbone of Lakota food sovereignty

OGLALA SIOUX NATION, U.S.A. – Blood staining their hands, dozens of men, women and children are wielding knives in the schoolyard. Bones and flesh and entrails are heaped in mounds all around. This scene in the heartlands of the United States is, however, anything but the kind of violent outbreak ...

Place your holiday dinner order today!
12/12/2018

Place your holiday dinner order today!

Washington-area friends, let the Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe prepare your holiday dinner. Freddie Bitsoie (Diné [Navajo])—Mitsitam's first Native American executive chef and a scholar of Native cooking techniques, as well as Native foods—offers complete menus around main courses of agave and apple-glazed ham or herb-crusted prime rib. Or you can choose a la carte. Order online or by phone on or before December 20 for pick-up December 24. Details on the graphic. Online orders: http://bit.ly/MitsitamHoliday18

Native Food Perspectives: A different kind of ‘soul food’ | The Circle News
12/06/2018
Native Food Perspectives: A different kind of ‘soul food’ | The Circle News

Native Food Perspectives: A different kind of ‘soul food’ | The Circle News

Cover StoryNative Food Perspectives: A different kind of ‘soul food’ By catwhipple - December 3, 2018 0 367 views Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Christina Valtierra started Native Food Perspective as a Minneapolis-based food catering that focuses on healthy indigenous food. (Photo by Lee Ege...

In 1621, a group of Pilgrims and Native Americans came together for a meal that many Americans call "The First Thanksgiv...
11/22/2018
Sidedoor: ep. 8 | that brunch in the forest

In 1621, a group of Pilgrims and Native Americans came together for a meal that many Americans call "The First Thanksgiving." But get this—it wasn't the first, and the meal itself wasn't so special either. The event was actually all but forgotten for hundreds of years…until it was dusted off to bolster the significance of a new national holiday: Thanksgiving. This time on Sidedoor, we talk to Paul Chaat Smith, a curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, to explore how much of what you think you know about Native Americans may be more fiction than fact.

https://www.si.edu/sidedoor/ep-8-brunch-forest

Learn more about Sidedoor: ep. 8 | that brunch in the forest

11/19/2018
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AJ+

Native American cuisine is America's original food, dating back some 10,000 years. So why don't we see Native restaurants on every street corner in the U.S.?

#DYK that you can order your Thanksgiving meal from the Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe?  Order deadline is Friday, Nov. 16!
10/26/2018

#DYK that you can order your Thanksgiving meal from the Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe? Order deadline is Friday, Nov. 16!

The Mitsitam Cafe is highlighted in this Native foods article. Is your favorite place on this list?
09/11/2018
The first truly American cuisine is having a revival

The Mitsitam Cafe is highlighted in this Native foods article. Is your favorite place on this list?

Native American cuisine is having a revival. Here are six of the best restaurants from D.C. to Arizona where you can try this old-yet-new food for yourself.

Sioux Chef inspires healthful eating in Native American community
09/05/2018
Sioux Chef inspires healthful eating in Native American community

Sioux Chef inspires healthful eating in Native American community

He remembers being a kid, growing up on the Oneida Indian reservation in Wisconsin. He remembers helping open the commodity boxes sent by the government. They were filled with canned meats, canned …

Karuk Tribe, UC Berkeley nab $1.2M grant to protect native food sources
08/28/2018
Karuk Tribe, UC Berkeley nab $1.2M grant to protect native food sources

Karuk Tribe, UC Berkeley nab $1.2M grant to protect native food sources

The Karuk Tribe and UC Berkeley are launching a $1.2 million study to determine how to best protect native foods and resources in the face of a changing climate and a history of environmental degradation in the mid-Klamath River Basin.The past

Kunniak’s Spices brings new flavors to Native dishes
08/23/2018
Kunniak’s Spices brings new flavors to Native dishes

Kunniak’s Spices brings new flavors to Native dishes

The company’s owner, Kunniak Hopson, moved to Chugiak 11 years ago from Utqiaġvik, which she calls Barrow. When she was growing up, her family always put McCormick’s Salt ‘n Spice on maktak, which is frozen whale blubber and skin. But McCormick’s stopped making it and she had to find an alt...

Are you ready to try some green chile posole? Tlayuda - handmade dish in traditional Oaxacan cuisine, consisting of a la...
07/27/2018

Are you ready to try some green chile posole? Tlayuda - handmade dish in traditional Oaxacan cuisine, consisting of a large, thin, crunchy, partially fried or toasted tortilla covered with a spread of refried beans, asiento (unrefined pork lard), lettuce or cabbage, avocado, meat (with choices of shredded chicken, beef tenderloin or chorizo), Oaxaca cheese, and salsa. Finally, try the strawberry cake!

Native American chefs and caterers revive age-old healthful foods
05/17/2018
Native American chefs and caterers revive age-old healthful foods

Native American chefs and caterers revive age-old healthful foods

Christina Valtierra isn’t just serving food with her new catering service. She is delivering, with every appetizer and entree, a healthy dose of awareness of Native American culture. Valtierra’s ca…

Native American chefs and caterers revive age-old healthful foods
04/24/2018
Native American chefs and caterers revive age-old healthful foods

Native American chefs and caterers revive age-old healthful foods

Christina Valtierra isn’t just serving food with her new catering service. She is delivering, with every appetizer and entree, a healthy dose of awareness of Native American culture. Valtierra’s ca…

04/22/2018
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Serving up Native American fry bread tacos topped with beef chili, sour cream, and pickled onions

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4th St & Independence Ave SW
Washington D.C., DC
20560

Nearest Metro stations: L'Enfant Plaza (Yellow/Green/Blue/Orange lines) Federal Center SW (Blue/Orange lines)

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 17:00
Thursday 11:00 - 17:00
Friday 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

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(866) 868-7774

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  • Coffee
  • Lunch

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Does the cafe still do seasonal menus?
Don't know if they still make the side dish that is baked squash, but I tasted that and thought I was in heaven on earth. I tried to find the recipe in the cookbook that I bought, but it wasn't there. Anyway, it was the best thing I've ever eaten in my life. Hope they put it in a new recipe book, I'll buy it.
Are there still seasonal menus at the restaurant?
I saw on the news at 11:00 a.m. that you are open on Thanksgiving......do you need reservations? Chef Freddie did such an amazing job on the Channel 4 news!!! Looked so yummy!! :)