#CafeOhlone: Language, Food, Community
For this episode we sit down with California Native chefs and educators Vincent Medina (Muwekma Ohlone) and Louis Trevino (Rumsen Ohlone), to talk about their journey revitalizing Ohlone languages and foods in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area community and across the globe. Tucked into the quiet corner of a busy Berkeley bookstore we joined Vince and Louis at the site of their new “permanent pop-up” restaurant, Café Ohlone.
This unique Native California Indian food gathering place is the first of its kind as it focuses on the traditional Ohlone foods of the East Bay and creates a safe space for community to gather and share food and stories. From the delicious menu featuring seasonal foods like acorn bread and quail eggs to their recent work sharing these foods at the Terra Madre Salone del Gusto gathering in Turin, Italy, they talk about reconnecting with the values, respect and love their ancestors shared with the land, plants and foods of their traditional homelands.
mak-’amham / Café Ohlone - contemporary Ohlone cuisine by Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino.
Article, “Coming Home – Revitalizing Native California Culture in the East Bay,” Flora Magazine, California Native Plant Society, October 8, 2018.
Article “Behind the Scenes With the Creators of the First Ohlone Food Café,” Bay Nature Magazine, Fall 2018.
Article “Acorns in Italy: Strengthening Our Traditional Foods Thousands of Miles Away,” News from Native California, Fall 2016.
2430 Bancroft Way, xučyun (Berkeley, California)
Open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
Host/Writer/Director: Melissa K. Nelson
Producer: Sara Moncada
Co-producer: Mateo Hinojosa
Audio Editor and Engineer: Colin Farish
Assistants: Yvonne Martinez
Songs (in order of appearance):
Opening theme song (excerpt): “Life” by Colin Farish featuring Airto Moreira on seed pods and Glen Velez on Irish Bodran frame drum