The Pepper Mill Café at the Penn Museum Launches Native American-Inspired Menu, Regional Cuisine Select Weekends for "Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now"

The Penn Museum's exclusive caterer brings Native recipes to Philadelphia from its award-winning café at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Far from having disappeared into the American "melting pot," today's Native Americans are culturally distinct and diverse. So are their recipes, as the Pepper Mill Café at the Penn Museum invites guests to discover during their visit to Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now. The Café offers a changing variety of Native American-inspired lunch menus to extend the Native American experience during the opening weekends of the new exhibition, March 1 through April 6, 2014.

Café lunch guests have the opportunity to taste a variety of Native American-inspired regional dishes. The first six weekends of the exhibition, a different region's foods are featured—from the maple, cranberry, and fried hominy flavors of the Northern Woodlands, to the fry bread, roasted root vegetables, and buffalo chili of the Great Plains, to the wild salmon, corn pone, and dried currents of the Northwest Coast.

Native American Voices lunch options include soup, main entrée, side dishes, and dessert, with entrées affordably priced at $5 to $7. Lunch is served from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The Pepper Mill Café is operated by Restaurant Associates (RA), a premium food service provider to many prestigious venues, including the Mitsitam Native Foods Café at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. In 2012, the Mitsitam Café became the first museum restaurant in Washington, D.C. to earn an award from the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington. The Pepper Mill Café's Native American Voices-inspired menu comes from Mitsitam's acclaimed Executive Chef Richard Hetzler, using some of his recipes in The Mitsitam Café Cookbook.


Northern Woodlands Menu, March 1–2 & March 22–23:
Maple Brined Turkey, Cranberry Maple Syrup, Green Apple Compote
Wild Rice & Watercress Salad
Fried Hominy, Wild Onions
Smoked Turnip Puree

Great Plains Menu, March 8–9 & March 29–30:
Buffalo Chili on Fry Bread with Pickled Chiles, Pinto Beans, Lettuce, Tomato & Shredded Cheese
Roasted Root Vegetable Salad, Agave Nectar Vinaigrette
Chile Spiced Fries
Fry Bread

Northwest Coast Menu, March 15–16: & April 5–6:
Cedar Planked Wild Salmon, Wild Berry Glaze
Roasted Celery Root Salad, Dried Currants, Honey Vinaigrette
Corn Pone, Honey Butter
Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Caramelized Onions

Each menu offers a Cranberry Spritzer beverage option, demonstrating how Native peoples use wild berries and plants to flavor their drinking water.

The Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 300 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.

The Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field). Public transportation to the Museum is available via SEPTA's Regional Rail Line at University City Station; the Market-Frankford Subway Line at 34th Street Station; trolley routes 11, 13, 34, and 36; and bus routes 21, 30, 40, and 42. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and first Wednesdays of each month until 8:00 pm. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $15 for adults; $13 for senior citizens (65 and above); $10 for children (6-17) and full-time students with ID; free to Members, PennCard holders, active U.S. Military, and children 5 and younger.

Hot and cold meals and light refreshments are offered to visitors with or without Museum admission in The Pepper Mill Café; the Museum Shop and Pyramid Shop for Children offer a wide selection of gifts, books, games, clothing and jewelry. Penn Museum can be found on the web at For general information call 215.898.4000. For group tour information call 215.746.8183.


3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-4000


Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
First Wednesdays: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Monday: CLOSED


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