Chef Andrea provides classes to create delicious dishes using Indigenous and/or local ingredients – up to six people in a private kitchen or up to 10 in your home, or virtual cooking classes via Zoom.
Chef Andrea gives lectures and conducts cooking demonstrations centered around healthy Indigenous food, culture and history, both in-person and online.
An experimental, educational agricultural project in Arvada named after the Andean earth mother deity, an Alianza MILPA grant funds materials, seeds and equipment to cultivate a high altitude garden connecting Andean and Colorado mountain farming. Chef Andrea conducts workshops on growing, harvesting and seed preservation for local nonprofits and community members to transmit important traditions, hoping to grow lesser-known, high-yielding and nutrient-dense Andean crops in the US to tackle food insecurity here.
Denver Indian Center
Committed to her people, Chef Andrea has been a featured chef in a virtual youth cooking class series during the pandemic and has catered for the organization, as well.
Indian Health & Family Services
In addition to being a featured chef in a virtual cooking class series, Chef Andrea served on a panel of judges for “Native Chopped,” where local cooks were tasked with using certain ingredients from a pantry box provided by Indigenous Tocabe Co. food leaders; points were awarded for plating/presentation, use of ingredients, etc.
As board co-chair, Andrea is part of an incredible community team that works to bring Latino working class Westwood residents together to transform the neighborhood into a place with healthy food and a vibrant economy. From operating an urban farm and no-cost fresh food boxes to supporting backyard gardens and start up food-based small businesses, they combatfood apartheid and give families the tools to improve their health and lives.
Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Girls and Two Spirits
Given that murder is the third leading cause of death in Indigenous women – and Chef Andrea is a two-spirit, Indigenous woman – it’s imposible for her not to put in work as a MMIWG2S advocate and activist. Her books, Warrior Goddess Dinner and hats sold on the website raises funds for the cause.
PTSD/mental health awareness
As part of the marginalized Indigenous community and after more than 20 years working in the restaurant industry, Chef Andrea has seen everything from addiction to abuse – and so much more. She sees everyone who feels shut out by the dominant culture, advocating for improved access to culturally appropriate mental health care that recognizes us as whole humans.