November’s Chef: Sean Sherman
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 of 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.
Student Farmers are integral to the success and operation of GATHER. Not only do Student Farmers have a hand in the planting, weeding and harvesting of fresh ingredients for each dinner, they are also key members in the prep kitchen supporting our guest chef each month.
Cindy Baur and Lizzie Grabowski began working at the Dickinson Farm during their sophomore years and decided to return as full-time employees after graduation. Cindy graduated from Dickinson College in May 2016 with a B.A. in Anthropology and works as the Farm’s Second Year Apprentice managing greenhouses, seed saving, and student staff. Lizzie earned her B.S. in Biology in December of 2016 and began work with the College Farm in the spring of 2017 as our Education and Outreach Coordinator. Both Lizzie and Cindy are excited to combine their passion for the farm and food by creating an enjoyable and mindful dining environment for all guests.
Students and Farm Staff wear many hats at GATHER. Our team looks forward to creating a hospitable and cheerful environment as you dine with us. Our serving staff are knowledgeable about each item listed on the menu and are happy to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to ask any question that comes to mind. Chances are our serving staff can trace each ingredient from seed to harvest!